Mitigating climate change . . .

Warning! The globe is warming. Seas are surging. Our climate is changing. Help solve the urgent issue of our time. The Environmental Design Challenge will provide the projects and tools. You will provide the passion. Learn by doing. Learn to collaborate within a team. Learn to act as ambassadors for a healthy planet.


Objectives of our programme ...

Our prime audience is the next generation. Our main objective is to awaken this generation to the urgent issue of their time. Our educational method is active participation, i.e., discovery through doing. Our key aim is to encourage a passion for ecology as well as to create agents of change.

Promote Teamwork

Develop Critical Thinking

Foster Interest In Our Environment

Create Industry Connections


What our alumni have to say ...

“Bede’s Challenge was a great experience for all involved. Excellent organisation and the friendly enthusiasm of the students ensured that the day ran really well, with the mixed teams of students, each drawn from a number of different schools, collaborating happily and producing impressive design proposals. There was a real buzz as they researched and refined their ideas and the confidence with which they presented their ideas – and defended them in the face of probing questions from the panel of judges – proved just how much they had gained in both knowledge and confidence from the experience.The day is driven by the students themselves rather than being teacher-led, and they will discover in themselves resourcefulness, imagination and team-working ability that is rarely so effectively drawn out. Friendly rivalry between the teams gives the Challenge a tang of competitiveness that the students really enjoy, while judging feedback is shaped to ensure all students receive positive feedback and affirmation so that at the end of the day every individual goes away with enhanced self-confidence and a strong sense of personal fulfillment.” 

Bill Tucker


“It was truly an unforgettable life changing experience, where we will use the skills and lessons learned for the rest of our careers."

Caroline Swenson


"The single most important thing that has ever happened to me ... the extent to which I had the experience of a lifetime, learnt unimaginable amounts about ... engineering and design, and how close the team got over the trip is beyond my wildest dreams."

Kirsty Rodger



Supporting agents of change ...

At the Environmental Design Challenge, you will experience a one-of-a-kind weekend. With other students your age, you will not only learn of threats to our world's environment, but you will find ways to counter those threats. We trust that, newly awakened to the dire menace to the Earth's beauty and diversity, you will propagate ideas, enthusiasm and commitment.

Beauty at Low Temperatures

By Dr Ethel L. Beach The deterioration of our environment is becoming more newsworthy day by day. Recently, in fact, we receive almost too much information to take in. I can’t think of a topic more important to us all, however, for the Earth is our home, and we the stewards of it and of […]
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The SSEF and the EnviroDC are proud to be supported by organisations from across industry, academia and the charity sector!

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