City of Norwich School

The Youth STEMM award

December 2017

Our fantastic Y10-Y13 Youth Stemm students have been inspiring the next generation of scientists at Wensum Junior School for their annual science day. 





What is Youth STEMM?

The Youth STEMM award is a relatively new scheme in the UK and stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine. The award has been running at CNS for two years and is a collaborative partnership with the John Innes Centre and the University of East Anglia.

YSA runs in a similar way to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme. Students complete four strands to qualify for the award:

  •  Inspiring the next generation
  • Engaging the public
  • Developing skills and knowledge
  •  Shaping your future

All students participating in the STEMM award attend a special awards evening to celebrate their achievement.


2016/17 cohort

On Monday night, our Youth STEMM award students attended the annual celebration event at the Forum in Norwich.  CNS saw our students recognised for their work and received bronze, and for the first ever time, silver awards presented to 15 of our students. Some of those students had accrued over 100 hours of different STEMM activities over just one year which is an incredible achievement.  The awards were presented by two of the YSA patrons, Maddie Moate and Marty Jopson.

Marty Jopson, who also demonstrated the science behind a bull-whip crack said:

I’m excited by the potential the YSA offers to students in the UK, we live in a scientific and technological world, encouraging young people to take an interest and maybe a career in STEMM has never been more important.”

Kate Nichols, Assistant Headteacher at City of Norwich School, said:

I am incredibly proud of our students.  CNS are the first school to have both bronze and silver awards presented which is testimony to the hard work ethic of our students.  After taking part, students are more independent and have a better understanding of the type of STEMM careers and opportunities around them. Students have entered themselves for national competitions and been rewarded for their efforts. It’s great to celebrate STEMM in schools and co-ordinate activities on a county scale.”

See article in this week’s EDP:


2015/16 cohort

 In 2015, the first group of 9 students from CNS received their bronze STEMM award. 

Miss Kaptein and I are incredibly proud of the 9 girls who have received their bronze award, it has taken such a big commitment and dedication to do so.  All year, these girls have participated in events, organised projects and motivated others to get involved and without them the successes of such activities would not have been possible.  They are inspiring young ladies whom it has been such a pleasure to work with.”   Ms.Nichols, Assistant Headteacher CNS