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Youth STEM Matters

Do your students want to be heard on a global platform? Encourage them to submit an article to Youth STEM Matters, a youth-led scientific journal.

Youth STEM Matters

Youth STEM Matters is a global youth-led scientific journal, created by Youth STEM 2030 to provide a platform for young people to share their research findings, ideas and innovations with the world!

We publish articles which have a real-world impact, and can help solve some of the biggest global challenges, from the climate emergency, to poverty, to inequalities, and more.

Anyone aged 22 or under can submit their article. There are 3 styles to choose from:

  • original research: new, never done before experimentation, investigation, discovery, design, manufacture or invention
  • review article: summarise the current understanding of a specific topic, with author evaluation on the original research undertaken by others
  • science communication: blogs, magazine articles, news and interviews

We accept a whole range of projects including CREST Awards, Nuffield Research Placements, projects done for the Big Bang Fair or other STEM competitions, a STEM Club, as part of the coursework for qualification, as an extra-curricular activity, or as a personal project.

Our specially trained volunteer team will provide your students with feedback, allowing them to develop their communication and take their work to the next level. We've designed our review process to be as inclusive, accessible and supportive as possible, but we're always happy to make changes to suit individual needs.

Cost

Original Research & Review Articles have a $10 submission fee, for which schools can set up an institutional account allowing them to submit multiple students' work. Science communication article submission is completely free.

Duration

After submission, it takes approximately 6 weeks for an Original Research or Review Article to receive an initial decision. Students will typically receive revisions, which may occur several times depending on the article. This mirrors the typical peer-review process used by journals like Nature and Science.

Science Communication articles are generally shorter, so articles are usually published 6 to 8 weeks after they are submitted.

Participation is fully remote and can be done flexibly to fit in with other student commitments. 

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Develop engineering employability skills

  • Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering

Subjects and topics

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computing
    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Physics
    • Agriculture and food
    • Biotechnology
    • Chemical engineering
    • Design, art and fashion
    • Electronics, robotics and programming
    • Energy and environment
    • Entertainment, sound and lighting
    • General engineering
    • Humanitarian aid
    • Materials, products and manufacturing
    • Mechanical engineering, systems and processes
    • Medicine and healthcare
    • Space and aerospace engineering
    • Sport and fitness
    • Structures, construction and civil engineering
    • Transport

Gatsby benchmark hitter

The 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:

  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Encounters with further and higher education
  • Personal guidance

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:

  • Aiming high - the ability to set clear, tangible goals and devise a robust route to achieving them.

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

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

What the teachers say

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I am SO thankful for all of the amazing reviewers at Youth STEM 2030 - they helped me to take my paper and make it the best it possibly could be. I think it made my research stand out, and they got me very comfortable with the publication process.
Lela DeVine, student Waiakea High School
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STEM Ambassadors

STEM Ambassadors from a wide range of STEM-related jobs to help bring subjects to life.

  • Ages 11 to 21
  • In-school
  • Full day
  • Free
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The Big Bang Competition

Inspire inquisitive minds to think big, challenge facts, ask questions and invent solutions with the UK’s top annual science and engineering competition.
  • Ages 11 to 21
  • Online
  • Flexible project work
  • Free

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