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Gloucestershire Primary K'Nex STEM Challenge

An introduction to the exciting world of engineering & STEM using K’Nex to solve a given challenge.

Gloucestershire Primary K'Nex STEM Challenge

Working in teams, students are given an introduction to the exciting world of engineering by using K’Nex to find a solution to a problem we set them. Teams will be assessed based on their ability to work together, solve problems, produce a working model, and communicate their ideas both to each other, and to a judge from an engineering company. The team with the best solutions will be invited to the Gloucestershire K’Nex final.

This one day workshop uses K’Nex, which is a very adaptable construction kit that allows the pupils to experiment with structures, gears and other mechanisms while modelling their design.


Minimum of 12 participants, maximum of 36 participants.


Pricing starts at £160 per school. Each school may receive a subsidy from Renishaw.


One session lasts 2 to 3 hours.


Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Develop engineering employability skills

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


  • Materials
  • Forces
  • Structures

Working scientifically

Whichever curriculum your school follows, pupils should have the opportunity to carry out practical investigations in science that help them to develop their scientific skills. This experience builds the following enquiry skills:

  • Evaluating

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.

  • Speaking - the oral transmission of information or ideas.

  • Staying positive - the ability to use tactics to overcome setbacks and achieve goals.

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

Good for a career in...

  • Construction
  • Design
  • Environment
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