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Design and Construction Challenge (age 8-11)


: 24.09.2019 14:18 - 28.02.2020 14:25

: 24.09.2019 14:26 - 09.07.2020 14:27

: Paid by school

About Build To The Line

Build To The Line is a new Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) education programme from The Learning Partnership to engage and educate young people in engineering and problem solving principles.  The programme will expand over the coming months and years to offer a wide range engineering challenges for students and classes to engage with.  Learn more by downloading the Build To The Line Teacher Guide [here] or from the collections below.

Each challenge features a global leaderboard that allows teams to pit their skills against teams all across the world.  

Cardboard Engineering

Cardboard is uses as the primary building material in Build To The Line. Science today informs us of the urgent need to apply approaches to design and engineering that embody key principles of sustainability and low environmental impact. This will mean future engineers will need to rethink the materials they choose to use and their sources. Efficiency will also be a key consideration in the design process to ensure that scarce or valuable resources can be maximised.    






Open from 30/09/2019 - 28/02/2020

During this time schools hoping to participate will register to take part via the BUILD TO THE LINE CHALLENGE page of


  • FIRST STAGE: Bridge Building Challenge - Open to submissions from 20/10/2019 - 31/03/2020
    • Team Requirement: Up to 4 students - Submit your teams points scores to your School leader board in Dendrite.
  • SECOND STAGE: Mars Shelter Challenge - Open from 01/02/2020 - 14/06/2020
    • Team Requirement: Up to 12 students - Submit you teams points to the Stage 2 leader board and supporting evidence to the Race event library.
  • THIRD STAGE: Finals - Mars Planetary Weather Conditions Survival Simulator - Due to take place End of June, date TBC
    • Team Requirement: Winning team from each Stage Two Regional Challenge


How do I register and receive the kit?

  • To register your school for the challenge, click the button below to pay your entry fee of £59.99.  
  • Once your registration purchase is complete your school will be invited to join the competition area within Dendrite and allocated to your Challenge Hub.
  • Hubs will be created to support networks of up to 30 schools competing and collaborating with each other.
  • If you wish to be twinned with an international school competing in this years challenge, ask the experts in the challenge area and they will make the arrangements for you.
  • Resources will be distributed to schools before Christmas ready for immediate use.


How the challenge works:

  • Use the guidance and ideas in the content areas below to design, build and test designs.  There is a variety of additional lesson content you can use from now to explore key principles.
  • Hold in school qualifiers, providing opportunities for students to refine their designs and construction skills.  Notes and a video presentation for this will be published in the library area below.
  • Each participating school will be issued with a dedicated challenge area for the Bridge Building Stage with your own leader board. The school can submit the best teams from the bridge building stage to combine and take part in stage two - The Mars Shelter Challenge.
  • Your School will be combined with other schools from your region to design and build the best flat pack Mars Shelter. Each submission will need to be supported with video evidence of the team building their finished flat pack Mars Shelter.
  • The leading teams from the regional virtual challenge stage 2 will be invited to compete at the national finals event.



Teacher Guide & Challenge Guides

Further details are in the teacher guide and Challenge Guides which you can view and download from the menu below

The resources in the sections below contain lots of information to help you manage taking part in the challenge. 


What do teachers have to say about The Learning Partnership and Dendrite Challenges?

  • It was an amazing experience, I took a team of two girls to the National finals, not once have they asked where they finished, they were taken over by the experience. It didn't matter if they first or last.  Mark Parry, Elm Green School
  • The competition is a refreshing change from normal STEM activities, the competition element fired the pupils up to test and evaluate then to improve. Pupil of all abilities could access the competition, and everyone was on an equal footing. Richard Mansfield, Rose Hill School (Pilot Season)
  • It is a well-resourced activity that can be ran over a lunchtime club or as a series of lessons. It stimulates the children like nothing else, allows every child to partake regardless of ability.  Richard Mansfield, Rose Hill School (Season 1)
  • Fantastic opportunity. Well worth having a go. So much fun for the children and adults involved. We loved it and the children got so much out of it. Jodie Blincow, St, Mary’s Catholic Primary School
  • A highly engaging project, sufficiently challenging along with superb partnerships and expert support.  Helen Brougham, Moorshouse Primary
  • It's a great opportunity to apply stem skills to a purposeful activity Claire Williams, Newcastle School For Girls
  • Fly to the line is an experience that will bring STEAM Education alive, Children have control of their own designs and will learn, initially through failure, how to succeed. It is safe and affordable for everyone to join in, it was a truly diverse and inclusive experience for us, with disabled site access and needs all being catered for. The whole process was a challenge, but was thoroughly enjoyed, from the first build to competition. We will be back for Season 2. I would encourage other Educators to step out of their comfort zone and discover the magic of flight, it is an experience you will all gain new skills from, whilst having lots of fun too.  Amanda Harvey, Home Educator
Title Time constraints Geolocation Participants
STAGE 1: Qualifiers - Bridge Building Challenge 20.10.2019 09:00
31.03.2020 00:00
Earth 4
STAGE 2: Regionals - Mars Shelter 01.02.2020 09:14
14.06.2020 00:00
Earth 0
STAGE 3: National Final - Mars Shelter Simulation Survival 24.06.2020 09:00
Earth 0