The Youth Industrial Strategy Competition is a new national STEM initiative that aims to inspire & challenge young people aged 11-to-19.

Focused around the four Grand Challenges of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy, the Competition calls on students to come up with innovative solutions that have the potential to change our future industries, society and the environment.

Students can work on their own or as part of a team to create their own science or technology project based on the Grand Challenges.

Projects can be submitted into two streams; Science and Engineering, and will be judged in three age categories; Junior, Intermediate and Senior.

Find out more about the Competition, including how to enter, at

All Youth Industrial Strategy Competition entries should be student-led, with a clear Grand Challenge themed idea at its core, including elements of teamwork, communication and reflective practice.

Entries which meet the Youth Industrial Strategy Competition criteria will also be eligible for a CREST Award, the British Science Association's award scheme for STEM project work that inspires young people to think and behave like scientists and engineers. CREST is available all year round, has no deadlines and is available at various levels for all abilities and ages. To find out more, visit

For inspiration and ideas, visit the CREST Awards library for a full range of teaching resources, project topics and other helpful tips.

The Competition has been developed in partnership with Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and was officially opened for entries on the 11 March 2019 by Science Minister Chris Skidmore, who was speaking at the Industrial Strategy Science Fair hosted by the Royal Academy of Engineering.

It continues on from our 2017 Youth Grand Challenges Competition. To find out more click here.