The Greater Manchester Engineering Challenge (GMEC) 2020


What is GMEC?

Sign up for GMEC 20 here

GMEC is an innovative campaign designed and developed by The Science and Engineering Education Research and Innovation Hub (SEERIH) to inspire primary and secondary pupils into engineering.

GMEC is based on the tinkering for learning research completed by The University of Manchester and The Royal Academy of Engineering and is centred on giving teachers and students the skills required to complete a key engineering challenge using the Engineering Design Process and Engineering Habits of Mind.

GMEC is aimed at pupils between 7-13 years of age and any school can get involved. All resources will be available to download. To ensure you do not miss out on any resources – sign up today and we will send you the resources as they are released!

Building upon the success of GMEC 19 where pupils looked at how engineering could improve lives, this year’s challenge is looking at how we can engineer out problems of today for a sustainable tomorrow.

The challenge this year will take place in 2 parts:

  • Ask, imagine & plan challenge will be released on Tuesday 10th December 2019 to be completed by Tuesday 10th March 2020.
  • Create & improve challenge will be released on Wednesday 11th March 2020 to be completed by Friday 1st May 2020.

Once the challenge is complete solutions should be shared with the SEERIH team either through twitter using @UOMSEERIH #GMEC20 or by email to

At the end of the challenge we ask that all schools complete an evaluation form in order for you to receive your certificate and be entered in to a prize draw for engineering resources in your school.


How to get involved:

Teachers within Greater Manchester will be able to sign up to attend a free CPD teacher immersion event at The University of Manchester based on this year’s challenge and bringing engineering into the classroom. As well this, school on the immersion event will get the opportunity for engineers from The University of Manchester or Siemens to come into your school to work with your pupils. Spaces on this are limited and schools that do not get a place will still be able to access teacher and pupil resources to take part in the challenge at their own school. To take part in the challenge and ensure you don’t miss out sign up here.

Teachers outside of Greater Manchester will be able to access the resources from the immersion event and a variety of fun and engaging activities to help your pupils carry out the challenge from 10th December 2019. All resources are developed by teachers and provide activities that are ready to go. To take part in the challenge and ensure you don’t miss out on any resources, please sign up here.

The challenge is working in partnership with Oldham Opportunity Areas


Key dates for the challenge:

  • Tuesday 3rd December 2019 – Free CPD teacher immersion event for selected schools within Greater Manchester
  • Tuesday 10th December 2019 – Teacher resources including a variety of fun and engaging activities released for all school to begin the challenge
  • Tuesday 10th March 2020 (TBC) – Pupil challenge day at The University of Manchester for selected schools from across Greater Manchester
  • Wednesday 11th March 2020 (TBC) – The final ‘create and improve’ part of the challenge released to all schools
  • Friday 1st May ­2020 – Deadline for all challenge solutions to be shared with SEERIH via twitter using @UOMSEERIH #GMEC20 or by emailing them to


Meet the team

  • Dr Jon Chippindall the creative engineering mind
  • Mrs Rebecca Unwin the logical one behind a successful campaign
  • Dr Lynne Bianchi the one that keeps the plates spinning
  • Miss Ellen Logan the one that keeps us all in check
  • Mrs Julie Wiskow one of our fabulous teacher champions


Contact us at if you have queries.

If you’re an engineer and wish to support the project email
If you are keen to sponsor GMEC 2020 please get in touch directly with


Useful links:

Tinkering for Learning Report

Engineering Grand Challenges