Why should you do the Youth STEMM Award?
The Youth STEMM Award (YSA) is an excellent way to enrich your CV when applying to university to study Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics or Medicine.
It is an achievement-based award for students, designed to support and inspire the next generation of STEMM professionals. It also provides a focused and engaging framework for students to further their passion, knowledge and skills in STEMM.
What does it involve?
Participants log STEMM-related activities across four core strands:
- Inspiring the next generation
- Engaging the public
- Developing skills and knowledge
- Shaping your future.
Many of these activities can be covered by work already undertaken for A Level courses and through the process of researching and applying to university courses. In addition, you will have the opportunity to engage with scientists and learn first-hand what is required to become a successful STEMM professional. Furthermore, you will have the chance to interact with students outside of the Sixth Form in the role of mentors and by running/assisting in STEMM related activities. You will also underpin your core A Level subject knowledge and understanding by completing independent research projects. There is also the opportunity to attend a conference at the UEA showcasing work of STEMM professionals and your own research projects, giving you the chance to develop your presentation skills and network with professionals.
How is it assessed?
The Award is assessed by logging activities to the YSA website which will then be verified by your assessor in school. Once completed, the portfolio of activities is then moderated by the team at YSA and, if successful, you will be invited to the annual awards ceremony where you will receive your medal and certificate.