Get involved

You can undertake a Youth STEMM Award at Bronze, Silver or Gold Level either independently or thorough a school or College group (scroll down for our current charges).

Once you are registered we will get you going straight away, the e-portfolio is super easy to use, all you’ll need is access to the internet.

Helpful guidance documents:

Bronze Handbook 2023-24

Silver Handbook 2023-24

Gold Handbook 2023-24

Participant FAQ’s

Participant Quick Start Guide

Teachers:

Contact us to register a group then use our slide deck to launch the YSA in your school and recruit students:

Launch YSA in your setting: Slidedeck

Download the YSA Brand Pack for Educators

Coordinator Guidance Sheet 2023

Coordinator FAQ’s

How to create a multiple-participant activity

Why not also watch a demo of the e-portfolio:

Achieving the Bronze Award

The Bronze level is a great starting point for any student, but particularly those aged under 16, or those who are just starting out with a Youth STEMM Award. It requires participants to commit to a minimum of 45 hours of activity across four strands.

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
  • You should work with people your own age or younger than yourself
  • 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
  • The remainder of the hours can be made up of general career guidance and personal development
  • You must show evidence of having explored careers in more than one STEMM sector

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

  • Register at any time of the year
  • Submit your completed Award when you have completed enough hours
  • Receive your medal in the post or collect your award at the end of year celebration TBC

The six steps to success

Achieving the Silver Award

The Silver level is a good intermediate challenge, either for those who have already undertaken the Bronze level, or for those who like a challenge from the start. It is mainly aimed at those aged 14-16, but could be the best choice for post-16 participants if you’ve never undertaken a Youth STEMM Award before. It requires participants to commit to a minimum of 90 hours of activity and explore each of the five STEMM areas in more detail than at Bronze level.

 

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
  • You should work with people your own age or younger than yourself
  • 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
  • Participation in at least two events
  • The two events must be in different settings
  • You should be able to demonstrate the use of social media or technology (ie digital skills) in how you engage with others
  • Development and delivery of a STEMM public event

Developing your skills and knowledge

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

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.
  • The remainder can be made up of general careers guidance and personal development
  • Research at least three  careers, in more than one STEMM area

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

  • Register at any time of the year
  • Submit your completed Award when you have completed enough hours
  • Receive your medal in the post or collect your award at the end of year celebration TBC

The six steps to success

Achieving the Gold Award

The Gold level Youth STEMM Award is for those students who have committed to studying a STEMM subject post-16. They must be undertaking at least one STEMM qualification at Level 3 and should be keen to explore career options in one of the STEMM areas in depth. 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 strands. The Gold YSA also asks you to focus on one of the five STEMM areas 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
  • You should work with people your own age or younger than yourself
  • 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
  • Development and delivery of an activity at two public events
  • The events must be in different settings, one can be your school.
  • You should be able to demonstrate the use of social media or technology (ie digital skills) in how you engage with others
  • Participation in a public debate, conference or presentation
  • Creation of a poster to present to the public
  • Creating a media resource (e.g. a written blog or article)

Developing your skills and knowledge

  • 45 hours minimum
  • Attendance at three events held at a minimum of two STEMM venues
  • 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
  • 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.

  • Register at any time of the year
  • Submit your completed Award when you have completed enough hours
  • Receive your medal in the post or collect your award at the end of year celebration TBC

The six steps to success

How to take part

If you are aged 11-19 you can take part either through you school or college or as an independent candidate.

Our current charges:

£20 for Bronze or Silver, £30 for Gold when part through a UK-based school group (centre charges also apply). Or £45 for Bronze or Silver and £65 for Gold when registered independently (you’ll get support from YSA HQ rather than your school teacher).

Please note that Youth STEMM Award CIC is a social enterprise and run on a not-for-profit basis. Charges for international students are slightly higher, please enquire for details.

Contact us by clicking the box on the right to register yourself or a group if you are an educator. We will send further information and let you know how to make payment.

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