STEM Alliance - IBM SkillsBuild Competition 2022

SkillsBuild Competition

STEM Alliance – IBM SkillsBuild Competition 2022

Winners of the Competition

The three winners of the competition are:

  • Stavroula Skiada, Greece, "Tech4Good : Give a voice to the disabled"
  • Emma Abbate, Italy, "Hope is the thing with feathers" - Poetry through the lens of computational thinking
  • Selçuk Yusuf Arslan, Turkey, "Data Visualization for Sustainable Development Goals"

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all participants!

Winning Lesson Plans

Stavroula Skiada

Emma Abbate

Selçuk Yusuf Arslan

Lesson Plan 1 Lesson Plan 2 Lesson Plan 3


Within the framework of the STEM Discovery Campaign 2022, the STEM Alliance and IBM SkillsBuild are organizing the "STEM Alliance – IBM Competition Integrating IBM SkillsBuild for Students".

Do you want to gain up to 500€ for your classroom?

You will have the chance to win a 500€ voucher to buy STEM equipment for your classroom! There will be three winners, so register to the competition and participate to be one of the fortunates!

What is it about?

The competition calls for teachers to create Lesson Plans (according to the template) that integrate IBM SkillsBuild modules in class and connect them to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. The main goal is to familiarise students with the connection between their school subjects and prospective STEM careers and competencies required for pursuing them. The focus lies on the connection between STEM subjects and career readiness as well as workplace skills. Using the IBM SkillsBuild for Students and Educators online modules, teachers will have the opportunity to enrich the STEM and work-related curriculum for students (age 14+). The best Lesson Plans will be published after the competition to serve as good examples for practice.

IBM SkillsBuild for Students and Educators is a free online platform that is designed to enrich the STEM and work-related curriculum for students (age 14+) at this challenging time while also providing professional development opportunities for teachers. Built using vetted open source and bespoke learning content, IBM SkillsBuild uses text, video and gamified assessments to engage students. The platform also provides teachers with content curation tools and a dashboard that allows the tracking of student progress.

The competition will run from 1 February to 31 May 2022 at 23:59 Central European Time(CET).

Are you willing to participate? Here are the steps to follow:

Have a look at the Terms and Conditions.

STEP 1: Register and Prepare the Lesson Plan

To participate, first register in the competition using this registration form. Once you are registered, you can work on your entry and hand it in later.

Download the template for the Lesson Plan here. Consider the following sources on IBM SkillsBuild to draw connections with your STEM teaching:

  1. The Career Readiness Toolkit for Teachers which includes a Lesson Plan on career exploration and planning.
  2. The Course Catalogue on Workplace Skills. You can choose from the following three modules:
STEP 2a: Fill out the Lesson Plan template

The Lesson Plan template contains several fields that will allow both the jury and other teachers to understand and replicate the submitted Lesson Plan.

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STEP 2b (optional): Post your Lesson Plan on IBM SkillsBuild

With all the fields filled out in the template, you will be able to post your Lesson Plan on the IBM SkillsBuild platform. Find more guidance on how to do this here.

STEP 3: Submit your Lesson Plan to the Competition

Before you submit your IMB SkillsBuild lesson plan, make sure to read all the details of the Competition Guidelines which include the Terms and Conditions. You will find the submission form in the Competition Guidelines

You can submit your entries in one of the three following categories depending on which module you chose:

All data must be submitted by 31 May at 23:59 CET in order to be eligible for the competition.

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STEP 4: Spread the Word!

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram, and by using the #SDC22 for all your social media messages:

STEP 5: Win your prize!

The prize consists in vouchers with an overall value of 1.500€ to buy STEM equipment for your school.

Resources for teachers

Check all the resources here!

To prepare your lesson plan, have a look at these resources from the IBM SkillsBuild platform.

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Download here the Career Readiness Toolkit for Teachers which includes a lesson plan on career exploration and planning.
Discover here the Course Catalogue on Workplace Skills.


Download the Lesson Plan examples

Professional Skills

Professional Skills

Digital Technology

Lesson Plan 1 Lesson Plan 2 Lesson Plan 3


Digital Technology


Lesson Plan 4 Lesson Plan 5


Learn more about the SkillsBuild platform

Learn more about the Lesson Plan

Watch the webinar recording – 10 February 2022

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