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

Please be aware that due to COVID-19 we cannot yet confirm whether Y11 STEM Challenge will be run in-person or online.  It is our intention that successful applicants will be informed of this at the time decisions are released via our application portal in Spring 2021.

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. There will also be an online Meet&Greet prior to the programme giving you a chance to meet the team.

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.

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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 on STEM Challenge 2020

Contacts

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 Outreach programme eligibility 2020-2021 apply. We recommend that you use our Eligibility Checker tool‌ to see if you are eligible to apply.

How to apply

Applications are open and will close at 23.59 on 3 March 2021. Before applying, please read our Application FAQs.

To apply, please go to Aspire application portal.