Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy enter STEM Challenge

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy are taking part in the STEM Challenge 2019, a project in conjunction with Dudley College and the Express & Star.


Gifted and talented boys from Year 8 from the academy will be entering the challenge, which teams up a local business with each school. Local manufacturing company Schmolz and Bickenbach International have been chosen as the academy’s business partners.

The boys’ challenge is to design a product, using the elements of science, technology, engineering or maths, that has a positive benefit to an individual/group and/or the environment.

Their brief is to produce a product/prototype based on the following themes:

  • Innovation: The judges will need to be impressed by the design, actual product or thinking behind the design or solution – will it make them say ‘WOW?’
  • Application: Judges will be looking for all elements of STEM to be applied to the design and/or manufacture of the chosen product or prototype.
  • Impact: Students must think outside the box to ensure the product has a perceived positive benefit to whom or what is aimed at, in an ideally measurable way.

Rigorous selection criteria have led to a dream team of six students aptly named the ‘Steelix Apprentices.’

There are five prizes to be won, including ‘Best Work Plan’, ‘Best Team Work’, ‘Best Operating Model’ and ‘Best Presentation’. There will also be one overall winner. For most categories, teams will be required to give a five-minute presentation or demonstration, followed by five minutes of Q&A.

Team ‘Steelix Apprentices’ are looking forward to the chance to develop their confidence, resilience, entrepreneurship and STEM skills.