Plastics Challenge

Pupils Investigate the properties of plastics then find solutions to problems caused by plastic waste globally

An exciting new challenge for pupils aged 8-14 years to develop solutions to the problems caused by plastic waste globally.

The challenge can be used flexibly as part of the formal science and design and technology curriculum in the UK, or to run a STEM club or enrichment day. It offers opportunities for pupils to engage with:

  • Practical science investigations and enquiry based learning
  • Designing and making products from waste plastic for a UK or international market
  • A video competition enabling them to share their experience of the challenge.

This chalenge can be used to gain a CREST Award. For more information go to the CREST section of our website

Materials for teachers

Guidance and teaching material to run the challenge.

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Pupil sheets

All the pupil sheets needed by pupils to complete the challenge activities.

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Plastics challenge poster

A free full colour poster to support the challenge

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Video competition

Winners announced.

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We'd like to say a particular thanks to Jo Cox, Eva Foster, Rachel Holland, Claire Seeley and Alex Wrigglesworth for helping us to write and trial the challenge.

This project is funded
by the European Union.

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