Y11 STEM Challenge

At a glance

  • 1 - 3 July 2020
  • Residential
  • Year 11 students
  • Eligibility Criteria 2020‌ apply
  • Applications are now closed. Decisions will be released on 30 April 2020

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic Y11 STEM Challenge has been cancelled in its on-campus advertised format and instead we are developing an online version of the programme. Selection for the new online version of the programme is currently taking place. We will use the same eligibility criteria as for the original programme and will aim to contact all applicants with a decision on Thursday 30 April 2020.

The 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.

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

At the end of the week 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, materials, accommodation, three meals a day as well as any trips that are part of the summer school. Travel is not included however we may be able to offer successful applicants travelling from outside of London financial assistance for their travel.


If you have any queries in regards to your application or summer schools in general, please see our General FAQs in the first instance.

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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Further info

Eligibility criteria

This programme is fully funded by Imperial College London and therefore ‌Eligibility Criteria 2020‌ apply.

How to apply

Applications are now closed. Decisions will be released on 30 April 2020.