The Ultimate STEM Challenge

The Ultimate STEM Challenge is a national competition encouraging students from across the country to redesign something to make people’s lives better. The final was held at the Science Museum in London in May. Of over 250 different group entries, each with their own ideas, 11 teams were selected to attend the finals. Two of these groups were from Colyton - the only school to have multiple teams in the final.

One of these groups was us, Armadillo (Anouska, Annie, Hazel and Lucy), three flautists and a cellist with a common problem - tuning. We had our problem and we found a solution: an automatic flute tuner. A flute tuner that makes sure you are in perfect pitch the whole time you are playing. The other group from Colyton, the Gravity Generator, found a way to help people in developing countries access clean electricity. The generator uses gravity and converts the energy created into electricity that can be used around the home. The prototype was created from scrap wood and reused plastic cups so as to be as eco-friendly as possible.

On the day of the final, we met outside the Science Museum and were shown to the very top floor of the Museum where a whole level (with spectacular views over London) had been laid out for the final. We set up our stands and ate an amazing breakfast that had been laid out for us. We then gave our presentations to everyone in attendance: the other contestants, parents, teachers and industry professionals. After this nerve-wracking but exciting experience, we looked around the other’s stalls and earned a lot. We were also quizzed by the judges at our stand.

We, Armadillo, won the prize for Best Stand. The whole experience was absolutely amazing!

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