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Greater Manchester Engineering Challenge

An annual free campaign to inspire students to engage with engineering processes.

Sick of the way the creative STEM activities are always squeezed out of the curriculum? Look no further! GMEC provides an inspirational, real-world engineering challenge that makes Maths, Design Technology and Science meaningful through an annual project-based task that's now fully digital too!

Includes teacher professional development, recorded lessons direct for pupils, online resources and interaction with professional engineers in industry and University.

Open to schools across the UK.


Schools can involve as many pupils as they wish.


Lessons for 2021 are fully recorded so can be accessed when and where is appropriate. If submitting a portfolio of work, this is required by 1st April 2021. No face to face event will take place in 2021 due to Covid-19.


The experience for pupils lasts 12 weeks. There are 4 lessons plus a challenge activity.

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Develop engineering employability skills

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers

  • Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering

Subjects and topics

    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Physics
    • General Engineering
    • Structures/Construction/Civil Engineering

Gatsby benchmarks

The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Encounters with further and higher education

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Creativity - the use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.

  • Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.

  • Problem Solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

What the teachers say

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Careers resources