The Challenge

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM education is important because it pervades every part of our lives. Science is everywhere in the world around us. Technology is continuously expanding into every aspect of our lives. And as referenced by the World Bank, 65% of jobs that primary school age children will be doing, don't currently exist. We need to bridge this education gap, to prepare future generations for the jobs of the future.

Project Aims

The micro:bit is a small credit card sized device which introduces children to computer coding. The World's Largest Lesson (run by Project Everyone) introduces the Global Goals to children and young people and unites them in action. By combining the resources of micro:bit and the World’s Largest Lesson we aim to reach children across the globe, and run a campaign to inspire young people to solve real world problems in health and the environment using physical computing.

The Challenge will be launched as a pilot, funded by Arm Ltd, in September 2018 and will challenge young people to create solutions for the SDG’s either individually or in teams; and encourage schools and after school clubs across the globe to participate. For the pilot young people aged 8-12 will be asked to find solutions to difficult real world problems in:

  • Non communicable diseases
  • Safety (this covers Sanitation, Air Pollution and Accidents)

The six winners (one for each region)  will be announced in February 2019. The full challenge will launch in 2019.

Apply to the Challenge on the Micro:bit website!

Predicted Outcomes

  • Increased awarness and action by young people in support of the Global Goals
  • Increased innovation by young people in support of the Global Goals
  • Increased interest by young people in coding

Photographer : Ms.Soratda Worrakittichotikorn   
Ban Houy-Youkpaso School, Chiang Rai Province,  
Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC), Thailand  
Courtesy of: World’s Largest Lesson 

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