Inspiring the next generation

One of the most important roles of a STEMM professional is to inspire the next generation. This section explores that idea, and encourages you to work with your peers and younger students. You have an amazing opportunity to inspire them to follow in your footsteps, to explore careers in STEMM industries and to develop their own passion and confidence. Remember though, the students you work with can't be more than 2 Key Stages younger than you!

The requirements

This strand encourages you to interact with a variety of people, completing a range of activities along the way. Before you get stuck in, there are some key things you will have to think about:

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

You must work with at least two different groups of students.

Those groups must be from at least two different organisations (one can be your own school).

The students must not be more than 2 Key Stages younger than your own, i.e. If you’re in KS4 they can only be from KS2 or 3.

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

You must work with at least two different groups of students.

Those groups must be from at least two different organisations (one can be your own school).

The students must not be more than 2 Key Stages younger than your own, i.e. If you’re in KS4 they can only be from KS2 or 3.

You must develop a novel project or activity for younger students.

You must complete at least 30 hours of contact over the course of the award.

You must mentor at least two younger students.

You must work with at least two different groups of students.

You must teach some STEMM content to other students.

Those groups must be from at least two different organisations (one can be your own school).

Where possible the students should not be more than 2 Key Stages younger than your own – i.e. if you’re in KS4 they can only be from KS2 or above.

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 inspiring the next generation. 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 produce a stand for a school event targeted at younger students.

You could present on a STEMM topic to your own class or year group.

You could help a younger student by providing feedback on a piece of STEMM-related work.

You could deliver an interactive session to a class of younger students – on your own or as part of a team.

You could mentor a younger student
either in a STEMM subject or by working with them on creating a presentation or event.

You could help a teacher by supporting during a lesson.

Find out more about our other strands

Find out more about our different awards