A new free national STEM challenge

The Youth Industrial Strategy Competition has been announced by the British Science Association. Open to secondary students between the ages of 11 and 19, the Competition invites students to help solve some of the biggest challenges facing society using the Government’s four Grand Challenges as inspiration:

  • AI and data
  • Ageing society
  • Clean growth
  • The future of mobility

To enter, students must create projects and ideas using their own initiative to create innovative product designs that will help tackle one of these key issues. For example, students could submit a project that harnesses clean power to make households more energy efficient and reduce our carbon footprint. Students should also test their ideas through experiments to make sure they are scaleable and will improve and enrich society.

Projects will then be judged by a panel of STEM experts with finalists winning cash prizes and the chance to showcase their project at the Big Bang Fair 2020.

As well as being an exciting opportunity for students, the Youth Industrial Strategy Competition also aims to bridge the gap between what students learn at school and the practical skills they will use in the workforce. It is a learning opportunity designed to push their creative and academic boundaries while developing softer skills such as collaboration, perseverance and critical thinking.

Practical, hands-on education has been signalled as being key to increasing interest in learning and this Competition, developed in partnership with the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, aims to offer students an engaging STEM experience that will foster a love of learning.

To be in with a chance of winning the great prizes up for grabs, students must enter before 29 November 2019.

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