YSA Juniors is an exciting new scheme for children in Key Stages 2 and 3 to help develop their excitement, engagement and interest in the wonderful world of STEMM!

Did you know?
STEMM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine

“Do you think like a scientist? Because if you like to ask questions, listen to others, notice changes or simply let your mind wonder… then you already are! Science isn’t just a classroom subject, it’s a way of exploring and understanding the world you live in and YSA Juniors is your perfect companion on this adventure!

Think of YSA Juniors like a curiosity diary. Go out and discover something new, ask lots of questions, have a go yourself and share your findings with a friend! Soon you’ll have an activity sheet full of stickers to celebrate everything you’ve learnt and a brain bursting with ideas! Have fun and who knows what you’ll discover next!”

Maddie Moate

YSA Patron, broadcaster and presenter of CBeebies ‘Do You Know?’

What is YSA Juniors?

YSA Juniors is an exciting new scheme designed to help schools and families shape the STEMM experience that their children receive. We think the sooner the next generation of STEMM professionals get started the better! That’s why we have developed the YSA Juniors scheme, and targeted it at students aged 7 to 13. Spending time encouraging younger children to explore the amazing world of STEMM will develop their curiosity and ignite their passion, turning them into a YSA Junior!

How does YSA Juniors work?

Helping your YSA Junior to complete their journey couldn’t be easier. You decide whether what they do deserves a sticker, so you are in control of how hard they have to work, and what counts. We’ve given you some examples below, but you can also follow us on Twitter (@YouthSTEMM) where we will be sharing lots more ideas.

You can do one experiment or activity across a whole STEMM area, or you can mix and match. The only essential element is fun! We want YSA Juniors to help us all re-engage with the engineers, scientists, mathematicians, techies and medics hiding inside.

When they have completed their achievement card you can award them their badge and certificate. Make an occasion of it! Present it at school, at home, at a party, in the park. Shout about it, tell their friends and family, make sure they are proud of their achievement and that they celebrate it.

And if they really love it… buy another pack and go again!

We hope you have a great time exploring the world of STEMM with your YSA Junior – there’s a marvellous journey ahead.

Register your interest for YSA Juniors

Examples of activities

Science

Sink or swim

Learn

Learn what the word density means

Explore

Explore which objects float and which ones sink in water

Apply

Predict which objects will float and sink

Explain

Explain why, using the idea of density

Technology

Computing computers

Learn

Learn what a computer is

Explore

Try to count the number of computers in your house

Apply

Work out how many computers there might be in your street

Explain

Explain the things computers have in common

Engineering

Building bridges

Learn

Learn about the different types of bridges

Explore

Find out all the ways you can build bridges with straws
and sellotape

Apply

Try to build the longest bridge you can between two
books

Explain

Explain how you would make your bridge even better

Maths

Mixed model

Learn

Learn about the Fibonacci sequence

Explore

Explore the relationship between the circumference and
height of drinking glasses

Apply

Estimate the height of Big Ben – see how close you
can get

Explain

Explain what a prime number is to a family member

Medicine

Saving lives

Learn

Be taught how to do CPR

Explore

Find out why CPR saves lives

Apply

Show you can do CPR

Explain

Teach a friend how to do CPR

We have teamed up with the folks at The Curiosity Box to give YSAJuniors a 20% discount using the code YSA20 on any purchase. Kits are bursting with hands-on activities and make ideal activities for YSA Juniors.