Developing your skills and knowledge

This strand is about igniting your own excitement and interest, and recognising the joy of discovery. You will be developing your knowledge and skills in particular areas of the STEMM world. This could be through enhancing areas you already have a strong foundation in, or it could be by exploring a completely new topic.

The requirements

Developing your skills and knowledge can be completed by doing a range of different activities. Before you get started, there are some key things you need to remember:

You must complete at least 10 hours of skill development over the course of the award.

You must attend at least two STEMM related events involving the sharing of knowledge or the development of skills.

You must be able to demonstrate an extension or development of a skill or knowledge area.

This must take place over the course of the award and clear progression should be evident.

You should make sure you record evidence wherever possible to demonstrate the progression you have made.

You must complete at least 20 hours of skill development over the course of the award.

You must attend at least three STEMM-related events involving the sharing of knowledge or the development of skills at a minimum of two venues.

You must be able to demonstrate an extension or development of a skill or knowledge area.

You should produce a research project.

You should make sure you record evidence wherever possible to demonstrate the progression you have made.

You must complete at least 45 hours of skill development over the course of the award.

You must attend at least two STEMM related events involving the sharing of knowledge or the development of skills.

You must be able to demonstrate an extension or development of a skill or knowledge area.

This must produce a poster in a ‘scientific style’ of your new learning.

You can only use a maximum of 20 hours from the preparation of your EPQ towards this strand.

You must be doing at least one STEMM Level 3 qualification.

Example activities

Here are just a few ideas of activities to get you started. Check out the student blogs to read about other ways in which YSA participants have been developing their skills and knowledge. If you come up with your own idea, be sure to check with your school coordinator that it would be valid for this strand.

You could attend a STEMM presentation or conference (for example the John Innes Centre ‘Women of the Future’ event).

You could undertake an additional STEMM qualification outside of the normal in-school provision – this must be delivered outside of normal curriculum time.

You could learn some new skills in a STEMM area and produce a product or some results that you can then present.

You could take part in a scheme like The Brilliant Club or Sutton Scholars – but your work must relate to STEMM in some way.

You could have a Skype conversation with a STEMM professional.

You could produce a research report on a particular topic.

You could be present for a lecture on a STEMM topic.

You could do a Crest Award.

Find out more about our other strands

Find out more about our different awards