3 Dec 2021


Graphic Science, the STEM Ambassador hub for the West of England, are looking for bold and adventurous teams of young people from the South West to take on their Sustainable Transport Challenge and design a vehicle to go on a long journey over land and sea.

Inspired by the Bristol Gulls row across the Atlantic, teams 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

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. 

Register for the challenge to receive the full project outlines for KS2 and KS3 along with all additional supporting information

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 participating teams are invited.

Further Support

Register for the challenge to receive access challenge booklets, links to additional resources, help with finding a STEM Ambassador mentor and the opportunity to receive £100 to help purchase material or enter pupils for a CREST award

There are also two online CPD events available (free of charge) specifically for registered Challenge teachers to participate in:

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

There is also free training available on how to mentor project work, running on 8th February 2022, 4pm-5pm.

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).