What are Global STEM Awards?

​The Global STEM Awards scheme rewards students for completing STEM activities and provides a framework to encourage higher levels of engagement in learning. Alongside completing a STEM activity, children are asked to think globally and find out about careers linked to the activity.

Your students can achieve a Global STEM Award by completing a project based around Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Each project is supported by resources to help plan the delivery.

Global STEM Awards support schools to achieve the Gatsby Benchmarks for good career guidance, as within the award there is a requirement for them to research STEM career pathways as part of their project work. Recognising that an essential part of preparation for a student’s future is for them to gain an understanding of the types of careers that are available to them after they leave school.

What support do I get from UK STEM?

We are happy to give you whatever support you feel you need, we’ll help you write your bespoke project resources; accredit your project plans for Global STEM Award and for your local cluster or trust meetings; support with face to face training. Just let us know!

How do students complete a Global STEM Award?

Students work towards Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards at different levels depending on what level they’re working at. There are four different levels aimed at different Key Stages, but we know that children might work above and below their age related expectation. Ultimately it’s up to you what level you choose!

To achieve Bronze Silver or Gold, a different number of objectives need to be met from the validation criteria:

Reflect on the 8 essential skills you are developing by completing a Global STEM Award

Once you have completed your project for a Global STEM Award, you will have the chance to reflect on the skills that you have used and are developing.  There are eight essential skills that will help you to succeed in whatever career you choose in the future. Find out more about how to apply Skills Builder to your project here.

On completing the award, a proforma needs to be sent to us so we can validate it. We might require a sample of work as well, but we’ll let you know if this is the case.

How do you decide what project to do?

Your project can be anything as long as it’s related to STEM! You can either choose a project from resources that we offer, or you can pick your own.

Your project must be related to a context and location:

How long should a project take?

The suggested working time for each project is six hours, but this is down to your judgement. If you think your student has put in the work to deserve the Award, then we’ll ask you to confirm this when you claim the awards.

Who is the Global STEM Award aimed at?

The Awards are designed with for students of all ages – who study in-school or are home educated. The award can be adapted for the classroom, but is also suitable for STEM clubs.


Bronze Award

Individual cost: £7.50 (£9.00 incl. VAT)

Bulk cost (10+): £6.00 (£7.20 incl. VAT)

Silver Award

Individual cost: £7.50 (£9.00 incl. VAT)

Bulk cost (10+): £6.00 (£7.20 incl. VAT)

Gold Award

Individual cost: £7.50 (£9.00 incl. VAT)

Bulk cost (10+): £6.00 (£7.20 incl. VAT)

Platinum Award

Individual cost: £15.00 (£18.00 incl. VAT)

Bulk cost (10+): £12.00 (£14.40 incl. VAT)

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