Youth STEM Awards (YSA)

The Youth STEMM Award (YSA) is a Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM) achievement based award for young people.

It provides a focused and engaging framework for students aged 13-19 to further their interest, knowledge and skills in the STEMM subjects.

To receive a Youth STEMM Award, at Bronze, Silver or Gold level participants complete activities such as work experience, visits and career days.

These are logged on a personalised e-portfolio, to track progress and provide evidence of commitment and initiative. The e-portfolio can then be used for school, university or summer camp applications and interviews helping students to go further, achieve more and experience the world of STEMM.

The YSA was founded in 2015 by researcher and John Innes Centre Youth Aspiration Champion, Samantha Fox, with the aim of supporting and inspiring a wider diversity of people into STEMM careers.

Students can get involved through their school or college, or they can sign up as independent candidates, making it a great opportunity for young people who are Home Educated. The e-portfolio also allows teachers to capture engagement across their cohort and identify areas that need further development.

  • A STEMM achievement award for young people
  • Students undertake STEMM activities and work towards a Bronze, Silver or Gold level award
  • Activities are logged onto an e-portfolio
  • Students receive a medal and certificate upon completion of Award
  • Backed by high profile individuals and organisations