Plastics Challenge

An exciting new STEM challenge for pupils to develop solutions to the problems caused by plastic waste globally...

Years: 4, 5, 6

Duration: 120mins

Curriculum Objectives: 4

Subjects: D&T, PSHE, Science

Resource Overview

This fantastic challenge from Practical Action is based around the idea that small, sustainable changes can make a big impact on people’s lives. Pupils can explore technologies from the last 100 years, and use their findings to invent a product that could contribute towards a more sustainable future.
Ideal for STEM and eco-clubs, or as a whole class cross-curricular investigation. 

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Resource Assets


Plastics Challenge - Teachers Notes


Plastics challenge - pupil worksheets



Plastics Challenge Powerpoint



Curriculum Objectives

  • Year 5 (Age 9-10)
    • Give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic.