Atos STEM Challenge

Tackling real world business challenges

Welcome to the Atos STEM Challenge!

We are pleased to announce the launch of the first Atos STEM Challenge!

In recent months, the rate of technological change across industries has been unprecedented. With the world spending more time at home, online activity for leisure, work and learning has skyrocketed and with it new challenges for organisations across the globe.

What is the Atos STEM Challenge?

The Atos STEM Challenge poses genuine and thought provoking problem statements to students, providing the opportunity to tackle real world business challenges. Each team of 2 to 5 students, formed prior to entering the Challenge, will choose one problem statement to investigate over the course of the challenge, with the support of a mentor to provide guidance and feedback.

For more information on the Challenge, the mentor programme and the requirements of the Challenge, please see the Atos STEM Challenge Rules.

What are the benefits of taking part?

The Atos STEM Challenge offers a unique opportunity for students to have their first practical experience of a real world business challenge in accordance with The Gatsby Benchmarks. The teams are responsible for all aspects: planning the investigation, carrying out the required research, considering the implications of their solution and presenting their solution back in a creative manner.

You will also have the opportunity to win some amazing prizes, including a prize for your school. For full information on the prizes available, please see the Atos STEM Challenge rules.

Who can take part?

The competition is open to teams from any school or college across the United Kingdom and Ireland. Team members must be between the age of 14 and 18 at the time of the challenge. When completing the registration form, please submit the average age of the team if members ages differ.

What support will you get?

Each team will have access to a mentor for a total of 4 hours throughout the duration of the challenge. If the team is successfully shortlisted to present in front of a panel, you will receive an additional 2 hours of support from the mentor. It is the responsibility of the team to contact their mentor, following receipt of their mentors contact details.

The team will also receive regular communication from the Challenge Team, with hints and tips to help guide you in your research and idea generation.


When applying, please read our challenge rules carefully. The deadline for expressions of interest for the competition is 16 November 2020.

16th November 2020 – Registration Deadline

18th December 2020 – Submission Deadline

12th January 2021 – Short list Announcement

12th January 2021 – 8th March, 2021 – Development Phase

March, 2021 – Solution Presentation to Judging Panel

April, 2021 – Selection Decision

May, 2021 – Virtual Award Ceremony

In association with STEM Learning

Contact the STEM Challenge Administrator