The Competition is free and open to all students aged 11 to 18 studying in the UK, as well as those aged 19 in secondary education or training. Competitors can only enter one project into the Competition, either as an individual or as part of a team. Have a look at our rules and eligibility for more details.
The information below is a guide for participants in the 2021/22 Competition.
- Online entry opens: Monday 6 December 2021
- Online entry closes: Monday 4 April 5pm 2022
- Finalists announced: Monday 25 April 2022
- Finalist judging (virtual): Monday 9 May – Friday 20 May 2022
- Award Ceremony: Wednesday 22 June 2022
Assessment criteria 2020-2021
One of the first things to consider when you start your project is our assessment criteria – the different elements that our judges will use to decide whether your project is shortlisted for the Finals.
Familiarise yourself with the full criteria below:
- 1. Project overview
A brief summary of your project, with a clear outline of your aims, how you planned to achieve your aims, key findings and conclusions, and how your work may impact the wider community or world.
- 2. Project concept
What is the aim of your project? Why did you choose this project? Who might benefit from your work?
- 3. Project process
How did you set out to achieve your project aims? Did you complete any research? What approaches did you consider, and what did you choose? How well did you plan and organise your work?
- 4. Project outcome
What were your project outcomes? What were your results and findings? What conclusions can you make?
- 5. Reflections and next steps
What did you learn whilst working on your project? What did new skills did you learn? What advice would you give someone who wanted to do a STEM project in the same field?
- 6. Personal skills
Throughout your entry, judges will be considering: understanding and application of scientific/engineering method, how you communicate your project, evidence of innovation and creativity, problem solving, teamwork and leadership or independence and self-motivation.
Read these guides
The head judges for the 2021-2022 Competition put together these handy documents to help participants approach the assessment criteria based on their chosen stream:
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Advice on entry formats
This year competitors are asked to submit a written project entry and short video about their project.
When completing your written entry, keep these word counts in mind:
- Project overview: 150 words max
- Project concept: 300 words max
- Project process: 400 words max
- Project outcomes: 400 words max
- Next steps and reflections: 350 words max
Videos should be no longer than 3 minutes. Download our guide on how to film a video entry