Year 11 students working at their laptops.

This programme gives you the opportunity to work in small teams to develop creative solutions to current world problems.

At a glance

  • 29 June - 1 July 2022
  • Online
  • For year 11 students
  • Applications will open on 11 January 2022

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please be aware that due to COVID-19, all our programmes and summer schools 2021 are currently running through our dedicated online platforms. Our first priority remains the safety and well-being of our staff, students and programme participants.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and will continue to do the best we can to safely support all of our programme participants.

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About STEM Challenge

This online STEM Challenge aims to provide participants with the opportunity to work in small teams to solve current world problems. Focused on how different STEM subjects interlink, participants will use their knowledge of different subjects to creatively develop solutions to the problem posed by Imperial College London academics.

Participants will be supported by undergraduate students from a range of disciplines to come up with novel and inspiring answers. We are looking for participants who are enthusiastic about STEM, who are willing to work in a small team and develop a broader understanding of how STEM subjects effectively work together.

What to expect

During this online programme students will experience broader university life through a series of online social activities as well as time to relax and share experiences with other participants and undergraduate mentors.

At the end of the programme each group will present their solution to the set challenge to a panel of judges and the team with the best proposed solution will be awarded a prize.

Please note, the details of the problem will be provided at the time of applying and there will be some pre-reading required two weeks ahead of the summer school.

This summer school is fully funded (free to successful applicants), which includes all course fees and materials.

Y11 STEM Challenge promo

Students in Year 11 STEM summer school

"I would urge all students who are considering applying to do so. I found the application process itself to be very helpful, as it made me reflect on myself and helped me realise what I wanted in life. The summer school was amazing and I know that it has helped shape my future choices. I also didn't feel like I missed out on anything by doing the programme online."

— Oyinkan, year 11 student, STEM Challenge 2020

Applicant information

Eligibility criteria

We look forward to seeing applications from Year 11 students who have a passion for STEM subjects.

To apply for the Y11 STEM Challenge, you must be in Year 11 at the time of application.

This outreach programme is funded by Imperial College London and aims to support state school students from backgrounds under-represented at university and Imperial. We use the criteria below to assess who is eligible to participate. The more criteria you meet, the more likely your application will be successful.

 We recommend that you use our eligibility checker tool to see if you are eligible to apply.

 We will prioritise your application if:

  • You have been in care
  • You live independently (estranged), meaning you no longer have the support of your family due to a breakdown in the relationship which has led to ceased contact

 We will also assess whether:

  • You are a young carer and have caring responsibilities for a close relative with a disability, long-term illness, mental health condition, or drug or alcohol problem that is a significant demand on your time
  • Your family income is below £50,000 each year
  • You are eligible for free school meals and/or pupil premium
  • Your parents/guardians did not attend university
  • You live in a neighbourhood with low overall progression rates to higher education (POLAR4 Quintile 1 or 2 areas) or high levels of deprivation (IMD Quintile 1 areas)
  • Your school has a high percentage of students receiving free school meals
  • Your school has below average attainment

Academic requirements

To be eligible for this programme, you should: 

  • Expect to study STEM subjects in your post-16 options
  • Be studying at least eight GCSEs (or equivalent)

 

How to apply

Applications for summer 2022 will open on 11 January 2022.

The link to the application portal will be posted here.

For information about the application process, please see our application FAQs.

Contact us

For more information, please see our Outreach Programme FAQs.

If your query is not answered in the FAQs, please email us via outreach.scienceactivities@imperial.ac.uk or phone +44 (0) 20 7594 7328.

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