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BIEA International Youth STEM Innovation Competition

An international STEM competition that engages students in the latest technology and climate change issues

BIEA International Youth STEM Innovation Competition

The BIEA International STEM Youth Innovation Competition is an annual, multi-phase innovation and entrepreneurship competition that encourages young people to create a future they want to live in.

Each year, teams of 2 to 5 students from around the world develop solutions to address some of the most urgent local and global challenges on the planet. The students become creative problem-solvers, searching for solutions with passion because they know the future is in their hands.

Projects completed can be entered for BIEA's STEM Star Awards.

There are Young i-STEM Ambassdor training programmes for over 18 years olds in the pipeline which offers volunteering opportunities for these young people on the international stage.

There is also plenty of opportunities for teachers to get involved join teacher exchange programmes and BIEA teacher training events.


Minimum of 3 participants, maximum of 5 participants per session.


If students wish to have their projects assessed for the BIEA STEM Stars and get digital badges, there is a cost of 25GBP per student


The competition is launched in January, with the international final in July. To complete a project to a reasonable standard would take the students approximately 40 to 50 hours in total depending on ability. From past experience, most teachers/mentor organised the registration and submission and left the students to get on with the projects.

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Develop engineering employability skills

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers

Subjects and topics

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computing
    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Physics
    • Agriculture and food
    • Design, art and fashion
    • Electronics, robotics and programming
    • Energy and environment
    • Entertainment
    • Humanitarian aid
    • Materials, products and manufacturing
    • Mechanical engineering, systems and processes
    • Medicine and healthcare
    • Structures, construction and civil engineering

Gatsby benchmarks

TheĀ Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Creativity - the use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.

  • Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.

  • Problem solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

  • Speaking - the oral transmission of information or ideas.

  • Teamwork - working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.

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TeenTech Awards

The TeenTech Awards are for students working in teams to look at problems large and small to see if they can find a better way of doing things.

  • Ages 8 to 19
  • Online
  • Flexible project work
  • Free

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