STEM Challenge for Salisbury Schools

Salisbury Satellite Group members have decided to launch a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Challenge for girls in years 8 and 9 in Salisbury Schools in September. We plan to build on the success of similar projects run by Soroptimist Clubs in other parts of the UK including Bournemouth and Surrey Clubs.

This STEM Challenge in the Salisbury and surrounding area is aimed at raising girls’ awareness of the inspiring career opportunities there are within Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.






We are delighted that our core sponsor is Gilo Industries Group, based in Semley, Dorset. Gilo Industries Group is a technology-led company with highly competent and professional aerospace engineering capabilities and considerable experience in aeronautical vehicle and propulsion system design. The company designs, develops and manufactures groundbreaking solutions that advance technology 20170524-GIG-Logo-STEMand discovery while meeting customer needs with high impact, best value aerospace products, systems and services. From world-class foot-launched powered paragliders to extreme ultra-lightweight propulsion systems for some of the world’s most innovative aircraft and applications, Gilo Industries Group is at the forefront of aerospace engineering.


The project is also supported by Wiltshire College and we are grateful for their assistance.





We are pleased to be also working in partnership with the South Wiltshire University Technical College


In Salisbury we are challenging the teams (of up to 5) girls to create a solution to help people in the poorest parts of our world.

World Poverty is everyone’s responsibility and we should all help to find a solution to some of the problems, especially those associated with hunger, water, health, lack of education, poor housing and transport.

  • Undernutrition magnifies the effect of every disease with children being the most visible victims and is an underlying cause of death from common diseases such as diarrhoea, measles, malaria and pneumonia.
  • Globally 161 million under-five year olds are estimated to have stunted growth due to poverty.
  • A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5.
  • More people in the world have access to a mobile phone than a toilet.
  • 2 billion people live on less than $1.25 (80p) a day.
  • 1 in 3 children in the developing world have inadequate shelter.

We are asking the teams who enter to submit:

  • The design brief outlining the perceived need
  • Evidence of research into possible solutions
  • A plan of the final project
  • A demonstration model to support the plan

The final judging and prize-giving will take place at South Wiltshire UTC on Monday 19 March 2018, when a small cash prize for the winning schools and for each girl in the winning team will be presented. Subject to entries, we hope that there will be one Year 8 and one Year 9 winning team.

If you are a teacher, and would like your students to participate or to find out more about the STEM Challenge, please contact26003633075_15f5da170b_z us and we will get back to you with information on an individual basis.


STEM Challenge award winners in Bournemouth