We are sad to announce that we have had to ‘freeze’ the Salisbury Soroptimist STEM Challenge, with schools closed and our teams not able to meet to work on their projects. We hope to be back in September to launch the competition for 2021-2.
The competition, with cash prizes for both winning teams and schools has previously been generously sponsored by Gilo Industries and Wessex Archaeology. 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.
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.