These six Army STEM Challenges use an Army training scenario to explore a range of STEM topics in fun and engaging activities. Ideal for KS3, students can complete each challenge independently at home with minimal equipment, or in a STEM club or lessons at school.
The challenges are designed to take around 30 minutes each to complete. Each challenge includes a structured activity sheet and a template to help students.
1: PLAN YOUR RATIONS: Plan a day’s healthy rations for a soldier.
STEM topic links: Biology: Nutrition & diet.
2: TEST YOUR VISION: Find out how well your peripheral vision lets you identify movement, colour and shape.
STEM topic links: Biology: Vision. Physics: Light. Maths: Angles.
3: HOW FAR AWAY? Use the speed of sound to calculate distance and locate your ‘enemy’.
STEM topic links: Physics: Sound, distance, speed & time.
4: HOW TALL IS IT? Estimate the height of an object using your arm and hand.
STEM topic links 11–14: Maths: Triangles, ratios, measurement.
5: CROSS THE RIVER: Build a paper bridge that supports a chocolate bar.
STEM topic links: Physics: Forces.
6: MAKE A MAP: Create a scale map of your location, like a floorplan or your street.
STEM topic links: Maths: Scale/ratios, measurement.