Resources and ideas

If it’s your first time taking part, there is no need to start from scratch and create a brand-new project!

Why not try using some existing resources and develop new ideas from there?

We would highly recommend the following resources and project ideas from our partners. These resources are all free and talk you through the steps you need to take, along with the equipment and materials you might need.

CREST Awards

CREST is a nationally recognised scheme for student-led project work in the STEM subjects. CREST provides activities and project ideas for a range of ages, group size and abilities. From off-the-shelf, one-hour long challenges through to large-scale, student-led projects, CREST can be done by anyone.

Check out their online resource library full of science project ideas:

Check out their guide to project-work:

Practical Action

Practical Action is a global charity that uses ingenious solutions to improve the lives of people in the developing world. Their engaging free teaching resources give pupils the opportunity to come up with their own solutions for global challenges such as food security, energy access and problems cause by climate change such as flooding and drought.

Materials include teachers note’s, pupils worksheets, PowerPoint presentations, certificates, posters and more, all free to download from the website:

STEM Learning

Join the STEM Learning community for free and engage with other educators, sharing resources and ideas.

Their website allows you to search for helpful teacher-made resources to use to conduct project-work:


EDT’s Go4SET projects run over 10 weeks and offer young people age 12-14 the opportunity to develop skills, inform subject choice and change perceptions about STEM, raising awareness of how studying these subjects can lead to a rewarding career.

Check out the series of challenges that they run, ranging from energy to recycling to healthy eating:

Water Explorer

Water Explorer is an international free and fully-resourced water saving programme that encourages students aged 8-14 to take bold and powerful action to save our precious water through fun, interactive water saving missions. It can all be accessed through their easy to use website; all your team needs to do is register:

Global STEM Awards

The Global STEM Awards are designed to motivate, inspire and reward young people for completing a series of STEM based projects that link locations from around the world to real-life challenges and contexts of the 21st century.

With a fantastic range of resources and project plans suitable for all ages from Key Stage 2 to 5, students can work through from bronze award level up to gold either individually or a part of a team.

For further information check out

Solutions for the Planet

Solutions for the Planet’s “Big Ideas” is an annual sustainability-focused STEM enterprise programme. Delivered to over 17,000 young people across the UK, Big Ideas champions STEM and skills including confidence, teamwork and resilience. The programme launches with a Big Ideas Day where 11-14 year olds participate in activities around the environment, team-work and problem solving. Teams continue work on their Big Idea in development sessions, supported by business mentors, transforming their idea into a project for submission to the Big Ideas Competition. 

To get involved visit:

Learned Societies

Royal Academy of Engineering:

Royal Society of Chemistry:

Royal Society of Biology:

Institute of Physics: