Galactic Challenge

Visit the Galactic Challenge home page.
Galactic Challenges are one-day events for students in Years 5 – 9, generally held on a Saturday from 09:00 – 17:00. In these competitions, students are placed in teams, and spend the day creating a presentation which answers a Request for Proposal (RFP).

At the end of the day the teams present their ideas to a specialist board of judges, in an attempt to win the contract.  These competitions are specially designed for younger participants so that they can experience the exciting nature of the UKSDC. All team members will receive a certificate of participation. Medals will be given to the winning team.

The Galactic Challenge can be tailored to meet the requirements of individual institutions for a variety of participant ages and requirements. The challenge lends itself to be used as a taster day for feeder schools, a finale to a UKSDC after school club, or for an end of year challenge.

Lunch is generally provided on competition days and we will advise you nearer the event date if there is any change to this.

Please send any queries regarding these events to and not the host institution.

Deadlines for applications are three weeks before each events unless otherwise stated.


14th January: Bede’s School

10th July: Wapping High School

12th July: Sutton Grammar School

4th November: Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls

4th November Swansea University

11th November: Westminster Academy

2nd December: Imperial College London


22nd January: Bede’s School

If you cannot find a Galactic Challenge near you, please get in touch so that we can gauge interest in each area. We welcome any offers to host competition events.

You can use this template poster (.doc) to advertise the competition in your school or club.

Students in Years 10-13 (or equivalent) can compete in the main competition by entering the Regional Heats or submitting a Video Entry.

Too old to participate? We are looking for scientists, engineers, mathematicians and business associates from Undergraduate to Professional levels to volunteer for different roles at these events. Please register your interest here.