We are delighted to announce that the Salisbury Soroptimist STEM Challenge is back for its fourth year. The competition, with cash prizes for both winning teams and schools is generously sponsored by Gilo Industries. It is for girls in local schools at KeyStage 3&4 and aims to encourage them to consider careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
The girls taking part in the challenge are asked to consider what simple sustainable innovation could make life better for people living in poverty in the developing world. Teams of up to five are challenged to design and create a prototype for a sustainable innovation that could improve the lifestyle of people living in the third world.
The competition is open now, schools are invited to register their teams by the end of October and final entries need to be submitted by half term in February 2021. The Finals and Award Ceremony will take place at Salisbury Sixth Form College on Monday 15 March 2021, meeting restrictions permitting.
Last year’s winning team was Archimedes Crew from Godolphin School, who said of their project: ‘Our device would bring a solution to the food security issue in the Central African Republic as it would bring access to sufficient affordable and nutritious food. Our project is a device that transports water from a local river to a water tank and then distributes it to nearby rooftops for crop growth.’
Judge Louise Tizzard, Geoservices Director, Wessex Archaeology said of the Godolphin entry: ‘This one stood out, a very well researched and well-considered project. You showed great understanding of both the science and the scientific process as well as the technology behind your designs. A commendable winner.’
If you would like more details of the Salisbury Soroptimist STEM Challenge or know of a school that would like to take part please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you!
Many thanks to Barbara Evans and to Tom Westhead at Wessex Archaeology for the photographs of the 2020 event.