The Government’s Industrial Strategy sets out four key Grand Challenge themes, aimed at putting the UK at the forefront of future industry. Each challenge focuses on a specific real-world problem, and each of these problems offers a real opportunity to enthuse and inspire young people in their learning.

Artificial intelligence: Using data, AI and innovation to transform the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases by 2030. 

Ageing society: Ensure that people can enjoy at least 5 extra healthy, independent years of life by 2035.

Clean growth: At least half the energy use of new buildings by 2030.

Future mobility: Put the UK at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of zero-emission vehicles, with all new cars and vans effectively zero emission by 2040.

STEM Learning has launched its Grand Challenges – Our Futures programme to raise awareness of Grand Challenge related industries and support young people to make career decisions based on opportunities of the future. This programme is funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Grand Challenge Teacher Placements are a unique opportunity for teachers to learn what future technologies will offer in terms of careers and job roles, from the very people who are developing those future technologies right now.

Through 3 day placements, participants get to appreciate the importance of thinking ahead and learn what skills young people will need to succeed in the future. Placements are preceded by a scoping meeting and followed up with a reflection session at which teachers plan on how to share their experiences with their school community.