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Worcestershire Primary STEM Challenge

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

Worcestershire Primary STEM Challenge

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

K’Nex 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.


£40 cost to the school, £160 subsidy per school by Worcestershire County Council or a Worcestershire District Council.


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

  • 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
    • Design, art and fashion
    • Structures, construction and 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:

  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees

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.

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

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