Get Set Programme
The STEM Challenges are an opportunity for students to explore, experiment and innovate.
They form part of the Get Set Programme, the official London 2012 education programme for schools and colleges across the UK.
Get Set aims to support 3-19 year olds to explore the Olympic Values of friendship, respect and excellence, and the Paralympic Values of courage, determination, inspiration and equality. The Get Set website provides lots of free resources, including downloadable images, exclusive films, activities, interactive games and project ideas.
Schools and colleges can also access exciting prizes and opportunities through the Get Set network as reward for demonstrating a commitment to living the Olympic and Paralympic Values.
London 2012 wants to reward you!
Schools that participate in the STEM challenges can access exclusive prizes, rewards and opportunities by joining the Get Set network, the London 2012 reward and recognition scheme for schools and colleges. Members of the Get Set network receive a plaque and certificate and the right to use the London 2012 education logo on their website, school sign and letterhead. They are also given access to tours of the Olympic Park, visits from athletes, opportunities to host high profile events and much more!
Members of the Get Set network will also be first in line to receive tickets to the Olympic and Paralympic Games through the London 2012 Ticketshare initiative! So submit your application now!
The aims of Get Set
- Enhance young people’s learning right across the curriculum – through sport, culture and education
- Support and drive existing educational priorities and agendas
- To involve as many children and young people as possible in the excitement of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
- To take the magic and inspiration of the London 2012 Games out to classrooms, playgrounds and into the lives of young people across the UK.
- To support children and young people across the UK in the development of their leadership, personal, thinking and life skills.
Are you part of the Get Set Network? Find out more…
How to use the STEM Challenge Resources for school and club activities?
Each of the STEM challenges was originally launched as a competition for school pupils. However, we are really keen that the resources from previous STEM Challenges are used by schools and other organisations after the competition element has passed.
The Challenge briefs, factsheets and activities can be used in many ways to support Club activities, or to supoprt extra-curricular activity days. You may wish to run the whole Challenge again in school as a one-day activity, or you can choose to focus in on a single aspect of the material which supports a specific part of the curriculum – the choice is yours!
Each challenge runs for 6-8 weeks and teams are set tasks via the STEM Challenges website. There is a mixture of hands-on testing, experimental work and research, all backed up with online resources.
A team’s entry is judged by STEM Ambassadors at a regional judging event. Shortlisted teams are invited to the national final of each challenge to be in with a chance of winning some very special prizes.
Make sure you register to stay fully informed.