Sustainable Transport Challenge

The Sustainable Transport Challenge: go on a journey to save the planet!

We are looking for bold and adventurous teams of young people to take on our Sustainable Transport Challenge to design a vehicle to go on a long journey over land and sea.

Inspired by the Bristol Gulls row across the Atlantic, teams can plan a journey that starts and finishes anywhere and be made by land or sea (or both) but not by air. Teams must design a vehicle that enables all passengers to be self-sufficient throughout the journey, and take on the challenge of being as sustainable as possible.

The challenge runs from January to April 2022, and the activity should take place during that period. We will be celebrating the achievements of all participating teams at a special showcase event hosted by UWE Bristol’s Climate Action Hub. This will take place in May 2022, and all teams in all participating schools are invited.

Please register by 30th January 2022.

The Challenge

Secondary (KS3, ages 11+): Design a vehicle to carry a group of people on a long journey.

Primary (KS2, ages 7-11): Design the most sustainable long-distance journey you can.

Teams can be made up of up to 6 children in either the primary (key stage 2) or secondary (key stage 3) age category. Teachers should register with the Challenge to receive the full details, a pack of resources, help with finding a STEM Ambassador mentor, plus the opportunity to receive £100 to help purchase materials or enter pupils for a CREST award.

Further Support for Teachers

To support those interested in participating in the Sustainable Transport Challenge the STEM Ambassador Hub West England will be running 2 virtual events:

  • 12th January 2022 from 4pm-5pm – Launch Event
  • 1st February 2022 from 4pm-5pm – Q&A and STEM Club Guidance

All registered schools will be sent full details for these events alongside a booking link.

This challenge was made possible thanks to funding from the Engineering Education Grant Scheme, which is jointly funded by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).