Get involved

The Youth STEMM Award (YSA) has three different levels: Bronze Award, Silver Award and Gold Award. If you’re currently in Years 9 to 13 you can get involved straight away. Simply choose the right starting point for you and register your interest to get involved!

Achieving the Bronze Award

The Bronze Youth STEMM Award (YSA) is a great starting point for any
student, but particularly those in Years 9 and 10. It might also be the best place to begin if you are in an older year group but you have not participated in the Youth STEMM Award previously. It requires you to commit to a minimum of 45 hours of activity across four strands, and encourages you to explore the wide and varied world of STEMM.

Timeframe
Suitable for

What the award involves

Inspiring the next generation

  • 10 hours minimum
  • You must work with at least two different groups of students
  • The students must not be from more than 2 Key Stages younger than your own, i.e. If you’re in KS4 they can only be from KS2 or 3
  • Those groups must be from at least two different organisations (one can be your own school)

Engaging the public

  • 10 hours minimum
  • Participation in at least two events
  • The two events must be in different settings (one can be in your own school)
  • You should be able to demonstrate the use of social media or technology in how you engage with others

Developing your skills and knowledge

  • 10 hours minimum
  • Attendance at 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

Shaping your future

  • 15 hours minimum
  • Only 10 hours can be counted from work experience
  • A minimum of 8 hours must be specifically linked to careers in STEMM sectors
  • You must show evidence of having explored careers in more than one STEMM sector
  • The remainder of the hours can be made up of general career guidance and personal development

For the Bronze Award you must cover all five STEMM areas during your participation.

Important dates to remember

  • Mid year conference ‘Science Showcase' at the John Innes Centre TBC
  • Complete your strands before 1 May, 2018
  • Collect your award at the end of year celebration TBC

The six steps to success

Achieving the Silver Award

The Silver Youth STEMM Award (YSA) is a good intermediate challenge, either for those who have already undertaken the Bronze YSA, or for those who like a challenge from the start. It is mainly aimed at Years 9 to 11, but could be the best choice for post-16 participants if you’ve never undertaken a YSA before. It requires you to commit to a minimum of 90 hours of activity across four threads, and it encourages you to explore each of the five STEMM sectors in much more detail.

 

Timeframe
Suitable for

What the award involves

Inspiring the next generation

  • 20 hours minimum
  • You must work with at least two different groups of students
  • The students must not be from more than 2 Key Stages younger than your own, i.e. If you’re in KS4 they can only be from KS2 or 3
  • Develop a novel STEMM activity or project delivered to younger students
  • The groups must be from two different schools (one can be your own)

Engaging the public

  • 20 hours minimum
  • A documented social media presence
  • Development and delivery of a STEMM public event
  • Participation in at least two events
  • The two events must be in different settings

Developing your skills and knowledge

  • 20 hours minimum
  • You must extend or develop a skill or knowledge
  • To produce a research project on a new topic
  • Attendance at three events held at a minimum of two STEMM venues

Shaping your future

  • 30 hours minimum
  • Only 20 hours can be counted from work experience
  • Minimum of 15 hours must be linked to STEMM sector careers
  • Meet two STEMM professionals
  • Research at least three STEMM careers
  • Undertake practice interviews

For the Silver Award you must cover all five STEMM areas in each strand during your participation.

Important dates to remember

  • Mid year conference ‘Science Showcase' at the John Innes Centre TBC
  • Complete your strands before 1 May, 2018
  • Collect your award at the end of year celebration TBC

The six steps to success

Achieving the Gold Award

The Gold Youth STEMM Award (YSA) is for those students who have committed to studying a STEMM subject past Year 11. It is available only to students in Year 12 and above. You must be undertaking at least one STEMM qualification at Level 3 and should be looking to go into a career in one of the many amazing STEMM sectors available. Some students will be able to jump straight into the Gold YSA but should be willing to commit fully to a minimum of 150 hours of activity across the four threads. The Gold YSA also asks you to focus on one of the five STEMM sectors in particular during the Award.

Timeframe
Suitable for

What the award involves

Inspiring the next generation

  • 30 hours minimum
  • You must work with at least two different groups of students
  • The students must not be from more than 2 Key Stages younger than your own, i.e. If you’re in KS4 they can only be from KS2 or 3
  • The groups must be from two different schools (one can be your own)
  • Develop a novel STEMM activity or project delivered to younger students
  • Mentoring at least two younger students
  • Teaching STEMM content

Engaging the public

  • 30 hours minimum
  • A documented social media presence
  • Development and delivery of a STEMM public event
  • Participation in at least two events
  • The two events must be in different settings
  • Participation in a public debate, conference or presentation
  • Creation of a poster to present to the public
  • Creating a media resource

Developing your skills and knowledge

  • 45 hours minimum
  • To produce a research project on a new topic such as an EPQ
  • A maximum of 25 hours from your EPQ
  • To produce a ‘scientific’ style poster on your research and present your research project in a formal setting
  • Attendance at three events held at a minimum of two STEMM venues
  • You must be doing at least one STEMM Level 3 qualification

Shaping your future

  • 45 hours minimum
  • Only 25 hours can be counted from work experience
  • Minimum of 25 hours must be linked to STEMM careers which must include work shadowing or experience
  • Interview a STEMM professional and produce an article to share your findings
  • Identify one specific STEMM area and research in detail
  • Evidence of working towards a STEMM career pathway
  • Practice interviews, with adults from outside of your education setting where possible

For the Gold Award you must cover all STEMM areas in each strand, but one must be identified as contributing significantly in the Developing and Shaping strands.

Important dates to remember

  • First Annual Gold Conference at UEA on 15 September, 2017
  • Complete your strands before 1 May, 2018
  • Second Annual Gold Conference Summer 2018 TBC
  • Collect your award at the end of year celebration in the summer of 2018 (date to be confirmed)

The six steps to success

How to apply for this award

If you are an individual wishing to apply please speak to your school or college first to see whether they are running the Youth STEMM Awards at your institution. If they aren’t then do get in touch with us directly to see if there is anything we can do to help.

If you are a school, college or a home educated student, please email us directly to register your interest and find out more.

Click the button to send us your details. We will reply to every enquiry as promptly as possible, but please do check your junk mail folder if you don’t receive anything. If you don’t hear from us within a few days then please email us directly at hq@ysawards.co.uk

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