British International Education Association (BIEA) University STEM Challenge 2020 (£1,000 prize)

British International Education Association (BIEA) University STEM Challenge 2020 (£1,000 prize)

Deadline: July 31, 2020

Applications are open for the British International Education Association (BIEA) University STEM Challenge 2020. At BIEA they are passionate about enabling young people to develop skills for the future.

The BIEA University STEM Challenge 2020 will help young inventors and designers get started on their entrepreneurial career. They are looking for ambitious, creative, curiosity-driven people with a passion for solving problems and making a difference who are role models of entrepreneurship for future generations.

The Challenge

We know that the world has a plastic problem. Our oceans and lands have become polluted with our carelessly discarded plastic waste that will take 1000s of years to decompose on land, whilst the plastic in the oceans break up into toxins. Our plastic waste is now causing chemical pollution in our seas.

Can you or your team come up with ideas and solutions that can help reducing the plastic waste and STEM the Tide of Plastic Pollution?

The proposed technology/service can be an innovation or invention in engineering and/or technology. Engineering is defined broadly, including, but not limited to software, design, energy, cleantech, materials and medical devices. You should have identified a viable and commercial business proposition with a market opportunity.


  • There will be one grand prize winner or winning team
  • A cash prize of £1,000 (GBP)
  • The opportunity to take part in the iSTEM ambassador training course and become a certified BIEA iSTEM ambassador with support/guidance from leading UK STEM experts from Royal Institution, British Council, Engineering UK etc.


  • You can enter individually or as a team of up to 5.
  • The age of your team/ you must be aged between 18-21 years old.
  • You must be studying for a degree (or equivalent) qualification.
  • Entry into the Competition is free.

Video Presentation Guidance

You can produce a presentation in any style you wish. You may wish to keep it simple and use a PowerPoint, or you may wish to produce a documentary or TV style show. It must not run for longer than 10 minutes. The presentation should be delivered in English and any slides or documents should also be in English. You may include anything you think relevant to your project, here are some information you should include:

  1. An introduction to your team and your roles.
  2. Your project outlines.
  3. The reasons for doing the project
  4. Any tests or experiments you did.
  5. Any safety aspects you have considered.
  6. Any social, financial or technical problems your team had and how you dealt with them.
  7. A final reflective evaluation including both positive and negative aspects of the whole challenge.
  8. Any references to any research sources that you have used.

Please video your presentation. You may video it on a phone, tablet or video camera. Marks will not be deducted for video quality (although they should be able to see and hear the content clearly.) There are no additional marks for highly technical productions – they are interested in your project, not your camerawork!


You can now register your interest for the competition by filling the form below. You will receive an email with instructions for the first round upon registration.

Click here to register your interest

For more information, visit BIEA.