Youth Industrial Strategy Competition 

Following the success of 2016/17's Youth Grand Challenges Competition, which asked students to undertake STEM projects on the theme of infectious diseases, the BSA is partnering with BEIS and UKRI on a competition to engage students on topics linked to 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.  

The Industrial Strategy Grand Challenges are: Ageing Society, AI & Data, Clean Growth and Future of Mobility. These four global trends will transform our lives in the future.

To support students in devising projects to enter the competition, the BSA has created some packs of project ideas linked to the CREST Awards, at Bronze, Silver and Gold level.   

Entries close on 29 November 2019.

You can find out more about the competition here:

You can find out more about the Industrial Strategy here.

The Youth Grand Challenges Competition

The Youth Grand Challenges was a new STEM competition that aims to inspire young people, aged 11-to-19, to see how science and technology can be deployed to tackle global health issues. The theme for 2016/17 was infectious diseases.

Infectious diseases are one of the leading causes of death worldwide. For example, each year over one million people die due to mosquito-borne diseases. Infectious diseases disproportionately affect developing countries, where deaths are predominantly caused by infectious diseases. Almost one third of deaths in LEDCs are caused by lower respiratory infections, HIV/AIDS, diarrhoeal diseases, malaria and tuberculosis.

The competition called on students to come up with innovative solutions that have the potential to change the world, and will reward the best projects from young people created in response. The Youth Grand Challenges provide real-world opportunities for young people to engage with cutting-edge research and product design ideas that have the potential to change the world. From researching vaccines for infectious diseases to designing creative new solutions that improve the lives of some of the poorest people on our planet – innovation, science and technology are key to tackling some of the most urgent global issues of our time.

This exciting initiative was supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), encouraging young people to use their skills, passions and interests to develop creative solutions to contemporary issues aligned with the BMGF Global Grand Challenges – unsolved scientific challenges that could lead to significant advances in terms of preventing, treating and curing diseases across the developing world.

Project resources

To support educators and young people in this challenge the British Science Association has released a suite of new CREST resources on the theme of infectious diseases. These resources have been produced by Practical Action and 4Science for the Youth Grand Challenges, in partnership with the CREST Awards scheme.

The Youth Grand Challenges resources are available here.