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COYO Challenge 2024

Challenging secondary school teams to design a NET ZERO rail station; a community hub that stands out as a beacon of sustainability, and a route that connects to a mainline station.

COYO Challenge 2024

In a world where caring for our planet has never been more critical, teams of students are invited to shape a landmark – a transportation hub that stands as a beacon of sustainability, inclusivity and cutting-edge innovation!

With support from industry experts, teams will be tasked with designing a NET ZERO rail station hub and route that will connect a local community – where people live, work, rest and play – to a main station in a nearby town or city.

Replicable worldwide, their hub will stand the test of time, becoming a vital community space where generations of people can also learn how to protect our planet for the future.

The designs should reflect the values of inclusivity, accessibility, biodiversity and community spirit and use the latest in sustainable technology.

Students will need to balance practicality with creativity to make a positive impact and encourage everyone to choose a greener way to travel.

Help your students show the world that the journey matters as much as the destination when building a sustainable future! So gather your teams and ideas, and empower them to create the rail station of tomorrow – efficient, eco-friendly and welcoming to all!

Key dates

  • From now until July: Teachers must register their school
  • Wednesday 31 July, 2024 – 12pm: Closing date for entries
  • Monday 2 September 2024: Finalists notified
  • October 2024 (TBA): Finalists present to judging panel and the winning team announced!

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Learning what the engineering workplace is like

  • 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

    • Computing
    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Physics
    • Design, art and fashion
    • Energy and environment
    • General engineering
    • Materials, products and manufacturing
    • Mechanical engineering, systems and processes
    • Structures, construction and civil engineering
    • Transport

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:

  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces
  • 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.

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

  • Teamwork - working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.

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