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Solar Challenge - Practical Action

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Practical Action

A STEM challenge that gets pupils thinking about electricity in a real-world context.

Set in rural southern Zimbabwe where few villages have access to mains electricity, pupils investigate how to make different circuits which include solar cells. They then look at the requirements for electricity by different people in a community and make decisions on how a fixed amount of solar cells should be allocated based on needs.
  • Fits the science curriculum and really puts the ‘M’ into STEM
  • Is perfect for STEM clubs, transition from primary to secondary and enrichment days
  • Can be used to gain a CREST award and enter the Big Bang competition
  • Supports pupils learning about the Global Goals (or SDGS)

Resources below include:

  • Solar Challenge - Teacher's Guide
  • Solar Challenge - Pupil activity sheets - Primary
  • Solar Challenge - Pupil activity sheets - Secondary
  • Solar Challenge - Poster
  • Solar Challenge - Well done certificate
  • Solar Challenge - Powerpoint
  • Solar Challenge - Powerpoint notes
  • The Solar challenge - Power to the people


Environment and Sustainability, Media, Internet and Technology, Social Justice

Age Ranges

KS2: ages 7-11, KS3: ages 11-14


Maths / numeracy, Science

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