The Big Ideas Programme

Our award-winning Big Ideas Programme is an annual enrichment programme that focuses on sustainability and combines STEM learning and STEM activities with enterprise and employability skills. 

The programme usually starts with a Big Ideas Day where teams of 11 to 14 year olds learn about sustainability and how science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills and careers can help solve sustainability issues. The teams then enter the Big Ideas Competition and develop their solutions to compete with other teams from schools across the UK. If the teams get through the Regional Finals, which are held at universities local to their school, they then present their idea at the National Final that takes place at the Palace of Westminster and is hosted by a cross-party group of MPs. 

The Big Ideas Programme promotes the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and supports the Government-adopted Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance.

The programme involves employees from our Business Partners who have a wide range of skills such as marketing, sustainability and HR, and they spend time mentoring young people so they can develop business plans for their Big Ideas. For businesses, this provides an off-the-shelf employee volunteering scheme that offers management development, employee engagement and a great opportunity to demonstrate corporate social responsibility. 

“The S4TP team empowers young people and women like us and encourages us to really think big.”

“S4TP has encouraged me to go into the STEM fields.”

Students from the Vitaliite team, Quwaat Ul Islam Girls’ School

Why is the Big Ideas Programme Important?

Use the buttons below to see how you can get involved or read more about our teachers, our business partners or our mentors. You can also browse through some of the amazing and inspiring ideas from 2020, 2019 and 2018.