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 All Saints Catholic High School in Sheffield were crowned champions of the Subsea UK 2019 STEM Challenge.  Maeve Burrell, a pupil on the winning team from All Saints Catholic High School, said: "Taking part in the Subsea UK STEM challenge has been exciting and I have really enjoyed it. The event has made me think about my future and how I could take the skills I have now and develop them into a career, potentially within the subsea industry.

If you would like to get involved for 2019 / 2020 please email

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