Mitigating climate change . . .

Warning! The globe is warming. Seas are surging. Our climate is changing. Help solve the urgent issue of our time. The Environmental Design Challenge will provide the projects and tools. You will provide the passion. Learn by doing. Learn to collaborate within a team. Learn to act as ambassadors for a healthy planet.


Objectives of our programme ...

Our prime audience is the next generation. Our main objective is to awaken them to the urgent issues of their time. Our educational method is active participation, i.e., discovery through doing. Our key aim is to encourage a passion for ecology as well as to create agents of change.

Promote Teamwork

Develop Critical Thinking

Foster Interest In Our Environment

Create Industry Connections

Testimonials from our other
'challenge based' events

What our SSEF challenge alumni have to say ...

“It was truly an unforgettable life changing experience, where we will use the skills and lessons learned for the rest of our careers."

Caroline Swenson

Participant at UKSDC
UK Space Design Competition
"The day is driven by the students themselves rather than being teacher-led, and they will discover in themselves resourcefulness, imagination and team-working ability that is rarely so effectively drawn out. Friendly rivalry between the teams gives the Challenge a tang of competitiveness that the students really enjoy, while judging-feedback is shaped to ensure all students receive positive feedback and affirmation so that, at the end of the day, every individual goes away with enhanced self-confidence and a strong sense of personal fulfilment.”

Bill Tucker

Galactic Challenge

"The single most important thing that has ever happened to me ... the extent to which I had the experience of a lifetime, learnt unimaginable amounts about ... engineering and design, and how close the team got over the trip is beyond my wildest dreams."

Kirsty Rodger

Participant at UKSDC
UK Space Design Competition

“Bede’s Challenge was a great experience for all involved. Excellent organisation and the friendly enthusiasm of the students ensured that the day ran really well, with the mixed teams of students, each drawn from a number of different schools, collaborating happily and producing impressive design proposals. There was a real buzz as they researched and refined their ideas and the confidence with which they presented their ideas – and defended them in the face of probing questions from the panel of judges – proved just how much they had gained in both knowledge and confidence from the experience.


Galactic Challenge

The Explorer Series

The Explorer Series puts young people, aged 9-14, in charge of challenging design projects. Priced competitively, you can choose between an Earth challenge, or Space challenge. Click on the images to find out more.


Become a proposer of change ...

At the Environmental Design Challenge, you will experience a challenge, created for school students, involving university-level collaboration. With other students your age, you will be assigned to a company which has received a request from a client. Your client seeks your company's proposals for dealing with specific environmental problems facing Earth. Your collaboration will involve using creativity, communication and critical thinking. Your advocacy for your proposal will take the form of a company presentation with Q&A from the client.


The Space Science Engineering Environmental Foundation and the Environmental Design Challenge are proud to be supported by organisations from across industry, academia and the charity sector!

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