The Youth Grand Challenges: a new extra-curricular initiative

The British Science Association has announced a new extra-curricular initiative for students in the UK: the Youth Grand Challenges.

Supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and run by the British Science Association, the Youth Grand Challenges calls on students aged 11 to 19 to come up with innovative solutions that have the potential to change the world.

The Youth Grand Challenges will explore topics aligned with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Grand Challenges – unsolved scientific challenges that could lead to significant advances in terms of preventing, treating and curing diseases prevalent in developing countries.

The new education initiative links with the British Science Association’s highly successful education programme, the CREST Awards, which has been recognising young people’s project work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for over 30 years.

All students who participate in the Youth Grand Challenges will receive recognition, including a CREST Award at the appropriate level - Discovery; Bronze; Silver; or Gold - as well as being entered into the national competition, where they will have the chance to compete for prizes worth up to £10,000.

The theme for the 2016-17 challenges is infectious diseases and will provide students with an insight into world of professional scientists and provide the opportunity to create projects that explore the forefront of research in this topic. So get your students involved, enrich their learning and develop their problem solving skills in science.

An online entry form will be available from January 2017, a chance to explain your project and upload your work.

The competition will close to entries on 26 September 2017.

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