About the Awards
The Youth STEMM Award is an achievement-based award for students in Years 9 to 13, designed to support and inspire the next generation of STEMM professionals. Participants log STEMM-related activities across four core strands on a personalised e-portfolio. Students can work towards a Bronze, Silver or Gold level Award, inspire the next generation, engage the public, develop skills and shape their future career in the STEMM sector. The e-portfolio allows schools to capture engagement across their cohort and identify areas that need further development.
The YSA launched in April 2015 with all-female participants across 22 state schools in Norfolk. In September 2016 we expanded to include Gold and Silver awards and welcomed participants of any gender. We are now getting ready to welcome our 1000th participant and have opened up to independent candidates including Home Educated students.
What does STEMM stand for?
Mark has inspired millions of viewers to get out and enjoy the night sky through his role as a presenter on the RTS nominated show BBC Stargazing Live. His passion for reaching out to a new audience has found him working on The One Show, the Alan Titchmarsh show, Channel 4 documentaries and more recently on ITVs prime time breakfast shows This Morning and Good Morning Britain. Along with his TV work, he is a popular guest on BBC Radio Five Live as a ‘Midnight Expert’, has now published four popular astronomy books and is now touring his sell out ‘Spectacular Science Show’ at theatres and schools around the country.
“I was ten years old when I started getting excited by science. I saw Saturn through a telescope at my local astronomical society and from that day was utterly absorbed by the wonderment of not just the Universe, but all aspects of science. The Youth STEMM awards is a brilliant initiative to help and encourage youngsters of today focus on STEMM activity.”
Materials Engineer and Professor of Materials and Society,
Director of the Institute of Making, UCLVisit Mark's website here
Mark is a broadcaster and writer on science and engineering issues, and believes passionately that to engineer is to be human. He regularly gives popular talks on engineering and materials science to tv, radio, festival, and school audiences. He gave the 2010 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, he is the author of Stuff Matters, and is a regular presenter of science and engineering BBC TV programmes.
“I love the YSA because it recognises that being a great engineer or scientist is not just about passing exams”
YouTube Educator and PresenterVisit Maddie's website hereFind out more about Maddie here
Maddie is a YouTuber and Television Presenter. One of the few female “Edu-tubers” in the UK, Maddie has been hosting educational online content for the past 5 years and has amassed over 18 million views on her YouTube films across multiple science and technology channels.
“For me, the YSA shares the same philosophy and creates a similar environment to my own YouTube channel. It opens up an exciting, comfortable space where young people can interact with the awesome world of science. The award sparks curiosity in the kids that take part and reminds us that science and learning should be FUN.”
Danielle George MBE
Vice Dean for Teaching and Learning and Professor of Radio Frequency Engineering, University of Manchester.
Presenter of the Royal Institution 2014 Christmas LecturesVisit Danielle's website hereFind out more about Danielle here
Danielle is passionate about raising public awareness of the positive impact engineering has on all aspects of our everyday lives and highlighting to young people the immense depth and breadth of opportunities a career in engineering can offer.
“The YSA gives young people the chance to show how their creativity and curiosity can change the world. We are all born scientists and engineers because we all ask the fundamental questions “Why” and “How” at an early age. The YSA creates an environment for young people to be curious.”
Kew-trained Botanist, Science Writer and BroadcasterVisit James's website here
James is passionate about communicating plant science to new audiences.
“Botany and horticulture are so often misunderstood, but it’s more important than ever to be investing in them. Except, the best and brightest young minds don’t know that – they may think that studying plants is all about gardening and mowing lawns and sweeping leaves, but it’s none of those things. It’s about feeding the planet, it’s about new medicines, it’s about anything and everything.”
Science TV Presenter, Live Show Performer, Writer, Prop Builder and all round Science FanaticVisit Marty's website here
Marty is resident scientist on BBC’s The One Show and has entertained uncountable children and family groups with scientific shows all over the country. Marty studied for his PhD at the John Innes Centre in Norwich.
“I’m excited by the potential the YSA offers to students in the UK, we live in a scientific and technological world, encouraging young people to take an interest and maybe a career in STEMM has never been more important. To be part of our 21st Century democracy it is vital we have scientifically literate citizens and the YSA gives students the chance to become just that.”
Professor of Disability Research, Norwich Medical School, University of East AngliaVisit Tom's website here
Tom is a sociologist and bioethicist, and he specialises in qualitative research with disabled people. He is a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. Formerly, he worked at the World Health Organisation in Geneva. His books include ‘Disability Rights and Wrongs’, and ‘Disability – the basics’.
“I think it’s vital to get young people engaged In STEMM subjects, looking to higher education and careers in this field, and the STEMM award is a great way to get kids and schools on board.”
Lizzie is a biologist, naturalist and wildlife presenter from Cardiff. Having worked on CBeebies, CBBC, National Geographic and now for BBC Earth Unplugged, Lizzie hopes to inspire others to involve themselves in scientific endeavours. Lizzie is also an ambassador for the Jane Goodall Institute UK and the Marine Conservation Society.
“It’s so refreshing to hear about the Youth STEMM Award. This great initiative has a focus on pushing young people to work towards their passion. A curiosity for the natural world has got me to where I am today and finally there is an opportunity for future STEMMers that ensures they can flourish.”
John Innes Centre
A world-leading international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology
The John Innes Centre, a world-leader in plant science and microbiology is involved in cutting-edge, high quality fundamental, strategic and applied research. A key part of their mission is to inspire and train the scientists of the future and engage with the public. They are delighted to have supported the Youth STEMM Award since its inception and are committed to continuing to provide inspirational educational opportunities for our local community.
University of East Anglia (UEA)
A UK top 20 university and part of one of the largest scientific communities in Europe
The UEA has a strong programme of outreach activity with secondary schools. One example of this is the Research Councils UK-funded ‘School:University Partnership Programme’. This is a partnership between UEA and seven secondary schools, a key aim of which is to bring research and research related activity into the secondary schools. Key activities of the partnership include 6th form conferences, science clubs and a Year 10 summer school. The partnership is also proud to support the Youth STEMM Awards.
The Forum Trust
An independent, self-financing charitable organisation
The Forum Trust is the independent educational charity that runs the landmark Forum building in Norwich city centre. It’s the driving force behind the new Norwich Science Festival and has a strong interest in promoting involvement and understanding of science and technology.
Flagship Norwich department store
Widely regarded as the flagship department store in Norwich, Jarrold is proud to be one of the most recognisable landmarks in this unique city, which has been home to our family-run business since 1823.
Today the store offers a unique and contemporary shopping experience over 5 floors, with more than 50 departments offering a stunning choice of products including many exclusive and individual ranges. Those in need of refreshment are well catered for too, with a choice of 3 restaurants and in-store Deli
East Anglian Air Ambulance
East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) is the helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) provider for the people of East Anglia, and is a charity funded entirely by public donations. Since it began in August 2000 the crew has flown over 20,000 life-saving missions, delivering doctors and critical-care paramedics to patients as quickly as possible to help save lives. To sustain this service EAAA needs to raise £11.1 million in 2017. To find out more about the work the charity does and how you can get involved please visit www.eaaa.org.uk.
Norwich Science Festival 2017
Saturday 21 – Sunday 29 October 2017
This autumn it’s your chance to explore the wonders of the universe, meet the scientists whose research has changed our world and debate some big questions with some big-thinkers, all at Norwich Science Festival 2017.
Enjoy nine days of inspirational exhibitions, sensational shows and an abundance of hands-on science and engineering activities for all ages and all levels of knowledge.
Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach (NEACO)
NEACO is a consortium of five universities and eight Further Education colleges across East Anglia, working to increase progression to Higher Education and degree level apprenticeships. It is one of 29 consortia across England which together form the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP). The programme aims to support the Government’s goals to:
· double the proportion of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in higher education (HE) by 2020
· increase by 20 per cent the number of students in HE from ethnic minority groups
· address the under-representation of young men from disadvantaged backgrounds in HE
NEACO works with students between year 9 - 13 living in 74 ‘target wards’ across East Anglia (Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough).