STEM Challenges and Competitions

Day-Long Circular Economy Challenge by Young Enterprise Scotland

Suitable for: P5-S4

This is a one-day session that introduces pupils to the concept of the circular economy and will include lots of examples of businesses that are working towards a zero waste world. Children will get the opportunity to collaborate in teams to create their own circular business idea, brand it and then pitch and present their sustainable product or service to their peers and teachers.

 What’s included?

The day long session will be run in your school by a member of the Young Enterprise Scotland team. 

 Who is it for?

The Circular Economy Challenge is aimed at second and third level learners (P5-S2), however this can be adapted and differentiated to suit the needs of the school.

Taking part in the Circular Economy Challenge allows pupils to:

  • Develop an enterprising mindset and enterprising skills
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the concept, benefits and principles of the Circular Economy
  • Increase resilience and confidence
  • Understand the different roles and responsibilities involved in running a business
  • Work collaboratively towards a common goal
  • Develop understanding of the link between the Circular Economy, Sustainable Development and the UN Global Goals

Capture the Sun Competition by Young Engineers and Science Clubs

Suitable for: Primary and Secondary pupils

Schools get a free kit, funded by Orkney Renewable Energy Forum (OREF), to wire up and test a bifacial solar panel over one long Orkney summer day.

There are two sections, one for primary and one for secondary, and teams of up to five pupils can enter. The deadline for entry is Sat 9 September, and results will be announced during the Festival.

There are prizes of £50 and £25 for the best reports in each section, primary and secondary and have been donated by Solar Dynamix and Wire Brigade.

Email: Dave Craig on to get your free kit! For more information, visit

OISF Wildlife Photography Competition

OISF invites all photographers to submit their best wildlife photographs from Orkney, into one of two sections, 16 and under, and 17 and over.

Entries open on Monday May 8th, and closes on Friday 14th July. Wildlife photographer from Orkney, Richard Shucksmith and Raymond Besant will judge the entries and the winners to be announced during the festival (7-13th September). Please note: Under-16 entries must come from an adult’s email id.

Please email your entries via email to Elizabeth Woodcock at and include subject line: OISF Wildlife Photography Competition

Include Full Name, age and a short description along with Photograph as an attachment for your entry. If the size of your photograph is too big then please upload using the “Get link” function via To find out how to get link using WeTransfer, check this website:

The winners will receive prizes up to the value of £40, donated by The Orcadian Bookshop and Findlay’s Photoshop, and a framed print of their photo, supplied by WHB Sutherland. These will be displayed in Kirkwall while also being used in the festival’s marketing material.

For more details, visit

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