New STEM Initiative Launched by NPL

Last month, NPL, the home of UK measurement, kicked off a new measurement challenge series, Measurement at Home.

As the UK’s National Metrology Institute (metrology being the science of measurement) NPL recognises the importance of promoting STEM activities and inspiring the next generation.

Getting everyone engaged and interested in science, maths and engineering is key to improving UK prosperity and is part of NPL’s mission as a Public Sector Research Establishment and National Laboratory.

Led by NPL’s Outreach Manager, Andrew Hanson MBE, the challenges aim to create a measurement community that ‘virtually’ brings science into households nationally and globally.

Hanson said: “In the last 100 years there has been an exponential increase in the generation of science and technology. Despite this, in the UK there continues to be a shortage of STEM professionals so it is vital to reach, engage and inspire a wide range of individuals from pre-schoolers to post-graduates and beyond through NPL’s Outreach programme.”

The first challenge was ‘break a flake’, highlighting the science of force and with World Metrology Day on 20th May, the second challenge was all about inventing your own unit of measurement. Each challenge closes the same week it is launched with the results published every Friday. However, past challenges remain on our website so people can continue to get involved.

A new challenge will be announced each week and NPL encourages everyone to share their efforts on social media using #MeasurementAtHome or submit their results at

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