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STEM Challenge

Led by Subsea UK in conjunction with
The Smallpeice Trust

Inspiring the next generation of subsea talent

Led and organised by Subsea UK and supported by The Smallpeice Trust, the STEM Challenge sees teams of 13/14 year old students take part in regional heats across the country to earn their place in the final. The new initiative aims to encourage school pupils in STEM subjects to consider a career in the subsea sector.

In the final, the teams are faced with an environmental incident and tasked with designing an ROV and using sensors, grabbers and beacons to quickly find a solution. Teams then have to test their design and present their findings to a panel of judges from subsea companies. Points are awarded on a number of criteria including teamwork, understanding of the subsea industry, time taken and the quality of the design.

The team from Northgate High School in Norwich were crowned champions of the Subsea UK 2020 STEM Challenge. Maddison Fleming (14), a pupil on the winning team from Northgate High School, said: "The STEM challenge has been a really exciting experience and it made me realise that I can do more than I thought possible. It was a really fun challenge, and everybody has been absolutely amazing, from the organisers to the sponsors. I am incredibly proud to be a part of Northgate High School.

If you would like to get involved for 2020 / 2021 please email

Winners (L-R) Maddison Fleming, Keira-Mai Fenn, Connor Hazell, Lewis Burrell, Dylan Gooch, Prisha Brown

View the Report

100% of the teachers involved in the Subsea UK STEM Challenge rated the event as "good" or "excellent", with 94% of all students coming away with a clear understanding of how STEM fields are used in subsea. This overwhelmingly positive feedback demonstrates the importance of this initiative.

You can view the full report here

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