Salisbury Soroptimist STEM Challenge

The Salisbury Soroptimist STEM Challenge for 2019-20 has been launched. The competition, with cash prizes for both winning teams and schools, generously sponsored by Gilo Industries and Wessex Archaeology, 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 Challenge:

The girls taking part in this year’s competition 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 2020. The Finals and Award Ceremony will take place at South Wilts UTC in Wilton Road on Monday 16 March 2020.


Last year’s winning team from South Wilts Grammar School (right) focused on providing eco-friendly and sustainable water supplies to Yemen with their entry, which made use of aluminium piping and solar powered batteries to power the generator to pump the water.

Speaking about last year’s Challenge Rhian Griffith, Design Engineer at Gilo Industries and one of the judges said: “As a professional engineer it is great to see so many young people being exposed to the career and seeing how exciting the profession can be. The quality of work produced by the participants of last year’s event was incredible and, the work the Soroptimists do throughout the year to encourage these young minds is crucial in ensuring the engineering community continues to welcome females into the industry.”

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!

Who will win our STEM Challenge Trophy in 2020?


We are grateful to our generous sponsors: Gilo Industries Group, Wessex Archaeology and to Apsley Precision Engineering for our lovely trophy. Thanks too to South Wilts UTC for hosting our Awards Ceremony.