Get inspired

Thinking of entering The Big Bang Competition, but don’t know where to start, or looking for project ideas? Then you’ve come to the right place!

What we love about the Competition is the amazing range of projects that are entered every year. You can do a project on absolutely anything in the field of STEM – from health to the environment and from computing to design and technology; the options are endless! What's inspired you this year?

Here are a few project titles from previous years to get you thinking:

  • Plastic filtering robot whale
  • Why should we wash our hands?
  • Building for climate change
  • Sign language gloves
  • Auto-inflatable car roof-tent
  • Shining a light on dark matter

Projects can be on any topic in the field of STEM and don’t need to meet a set standard: whether they’ve been conducted using simple everyday items or carried out in a scientific laboratory, in school or at home, it’s all about the idea and the enthusiasm behind it.

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As a teacher preparing for The Big Bang Competition, you learn so much about the students’ abilities that may not be as clearly evident in normal lessons and tests. Students with additional needs have particularly flourished in STEM when completing projects as they prefer alternative teaching methods.

— Thandiwe Banda, Head of STEM, Portslade Aldridge Community Academy, Brighton

Get started

Think big and win big – check out our brand new special awards for some ideas of themes and topics. Or have a look below for some resources to help get you started!

There is no need to start from scratch and create a brand-new project. Why not check out some existing resources and develop your ideas from there?

These are all free and talk you through the steps you need to take and any equipment and materials you might need.

  • CREST Awards

  • Global STEM Awards

  • Go4SET

  • Practical Action

  • STEM Learning

  • Solutions for the Planet

  • Water Explorer

  • Learned Societies

  • Royal Society of Chemistry

  • Royal Society of Biology

  • Institute of Physics

Dr Meryl Batchelder 2018

The Big Bang Competition is a vibrant celebration of young people and STEM where students compete for big prizes but the best accolade is simply being part of the excitement!

— Dr Meryl Batchelder, Subject leader for Science, Corbridge Middle School, Newcastle upon Tyne