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New awards for science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine honour dozens of young people

PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 July 2016

Youth STEMM Awards. The winners with, left, John Innes researcher and organiser Samantha Fox, right, principal of Flegg High School and organiser Simon Fox and, centre front, guest speakers professor Danielle George and professor Mark Miodownik.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Youth STEMM Awards. The winners with, left, John Innes researcher and organiser Samantha Fox, right, principal of Flegg High School and organiser Simon Fox and, centre front, guest speakers professor Danielle George and professor Mark Miodownik. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2016

A new award scheme to encourage young people to study science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (Stemm) has seen its first cohort honoured for their work.

The Youth Stemm Awards were founded by Samantha Fox, a scientist at the John Innes Centre, and her husband Simon Fox, principal of Flegg High School in Martham.

The scheme is structured in a similar way to the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, and almost 70 young people last week received bronze awards from Danielle George and Mark Midownik, who have given Royal Institution Christmas Lectures.

The awards are supported by the UEA and the John Innes Centre, and Dr Simon Fox said: “We’re delighted to have received such fantastic support from these two world-class regional Stemm employers.

“We’re hoping this will continue to attract more schools to participate in the 2016-17 cohort, and we are also expanding the range of organisations we are working with.”

The scheme has four threads, in which each participant must complete a certain number of hours and meet certain expectations to achieve the bronze award.

In its first year, the scheme focused on girls aged 14-16, but has now been opened to all pupils in Years 9 to 11.

The second year will also see the introduction of the silver award, with a gold award for those in Years 12 and 13 in development with some key pilot schools.

Schools interested in taking part should email enquiriesysa@gmail.com

Do you have an education story? Email martin.george@archant.co.uk

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