The Spectacular Challenge: What is it?

The Spectacular Challenge   What is it?

There are three parts to the challenge

  1. Make a microscope
  2. Use this, or a microscope you already have, to do a project.
  3. Show us what you have done.

You can do any project and we would love to hear about it. But we would like everyone to take part in the Big Project, which is to look for micro-plastic fibresin the environment.

Do I have to do it on my own?

No, it can be done alone, with a friend, with a group of friends, with your class.

Can I get help?

Yes, ask a friend, a teacher, a parent, anyone to help. But you must acknowledge what help you have been given in your write-up.

Am I too young to do the challenge?

No one is too young, but young children will have to be supervised. This must be acknowledged.

Am I too old to do the challenge?

This challenge is for anyone up to 19years old or in full time education, pre-university.

How do I know how to search for and find micro plastic fibres?

Information link here

Where can I get ideas from for other projects?

Check out the ideas section on this page. Her you will find

How can I get information about how to make a microscope?


Where can I get lenses to make a microscope?

Do you or anyone in your family have glasses that they don’t use anymore? Ask if you can have them. DON’T take without asking first!!  If you live near Cardiff or Penarth, pop into your local Specsavers and they will give you a lens or two. Otherwise try your local optician, if you explain what it is for, I’m sure they will help. Lenses can also be obtained from use once and throw away cameras. These cost about £4-6.

Does it have to be written in English?

You can write up in any language but it will also have to be translated into English. Submit both language versions together. We can help to get your English translation right.

Why look for microplastic fibres?

Link here

Can I show my work at an event?

Link here

Can I get my work published?

Link here

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