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Build To The Line: Design and Construction Challenges

Points Challenge

: 24.09.2019 14:18 - 31.05.2021 14:25

: 24.09.2019 14:26 - 30.07.2021 14:27

: Paid by school

The Build to the Line Design and Construction challenge is dedicated to enabling you to facilitate the most creative and inspirational subject learning possible in a simple and scalable manner. The challenge is virtual and schools can submit studetn scores to the leaderboard. 

The Challenge is populated with teaching materials aligned to students aged 8-11.

Learn more by downloading the Build To The Line Teacher Guide [here] or from the collections below. Curriculum related materials are supplied to enable you to capture the excitement and creativity of the challenge inside your subject teaching.

Each challenge features an optional leader board that allows teams to pit their skills against teams all across the world by scoring their creations.  

Cardboard Engineering

Cardboard is used 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.    







How do I receive the kit?

  • click the button below to buy your class kit and entry fee - £69.99.  
  • Once your kit and registration purchase is complete your school will be invited to join the challenge area within Dendrite.

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.
  • Each participating school will be issued with a dedicated challenge area with your own leader board. The school can submit the team scores.
  • Try the other challenges and submit score if you collect them.

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


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