Inspiring the next generation

In this strand you are expected to either work directly with other young people or to produce and present communication materials who’s target audience is young people. The aim of this strand is for you to inspire your peers and younger students to engage with and be inspired by STEMM. Your audience can be the same age as yourself or younger. By undertaking activities in this strand, you will become a role model to younger students.  

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).

You are encouraged to work with students no more than 2 Key Stages younger than your own, i.e. If you’re in KS4 they will ideally 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).

You are encouraged to work with students no more than 2 Key Stages younger than your own, i.e. If you’re in KS4 they will ideally 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).

You are encouraged to work with students no more than 2 Key Stages younger than your own, i.e. If you’re in KS4 they will ideally be from KS2 or 3.

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

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