Mayor's London Scientist
The Mayor’s London Scientist is a new programme to inspire more young Londoners to consider a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).
It was developed following the Mayor’s STEM Roundtable, where stakeholders identified that many young people don’t feel science is ‘for people like me’.
The programme aims to boost aspirations by helping more young Londoners to engage with science, get recognition for their achievements and see their own potential as future STEM professionals.
Find out how you can get national accreditation and win prizes for STEM projects below.
Get accreditation with CREST Award
City Hall is working with the British Science Association (BSA) to boost the number of young Londoners achieving the CREST Award. This is the top accreditation scheme for schools in the country, providing national recognition for STEM projects.
Throughout 2018, students are encouraged to undertake projects that investigate topics important to them and their city. BSA has created a special resource bank to help schools with ideas. All participating students receive a special Mayor's London Scientist certificate.
The Mayor is also making CREST Awards free for up to 5,000 London students from backgrounds currently underrepresented in STEM. Eligible schools will receive voucher codes to enable free access to CREST Awards. This can save schools between £30 - £150 per class.
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Any state school in London that meets one or more of the following criteria can access funding:
- Schools with 75 per cent+ black and minority ethnic pupils
- Schools with 30 per cent+ Pupil Premium
- Special Educational Needs schools
- Alternative Providers and Pupil Referral Units
Letters with voucher codes were sent to eligible schools in the first week of January 2018. Voucher codes enable teachers to enter their students for the CREST Award for free from 1 January - 31 December 2018.
If you believe your school is eligible but have not received a code, email us at [email protected].
Secondary schools should sign up for a CREST Account for Discovery and Bronze Awards.
When submitting completed projects, a Mayor's London Scientist voucher code can be entered to cover the full costs of CREST Award accreditation and delivery of certificates.
Win the Mayor's London Scientist Prize
City Hall has joined forces with The Big Bang Fair to offer the Mayor’s London Scientist Prize.
The Prize recognises and rewards innovative STEM projects that explore real-life challenges in the capital.
To be eligible, your project will explore one or more of the following areas:
- Air quality – e.g. how can we reduce air pollution and protect people from its harmful effects?
- Urban biodiversity – e.g. how can we support wildlife and green spaces to thrive in the city?
- Sustainable city – e.g. how can we design London so that we use resources efficiently and reduce waste? This might include a focus on better transport or housing.
In July 2018, projects will be judged at each of the Big Bang London Fairs, where students can exhibit their work and enjoy a free day of hands-on science. The deadline for entries has now closed.
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At each Big Bang London Fair, there are two sets of prizes to be won:
Projects will be judged on four, equally-weighted factors:
- Innovation – how unique is your project?
- London focus – how does your project specifically make London a better place to live and work?
- Rigour – how strong is the science behind your project, including its methodology?
- Application – how easy is it to apply your findings more widely, so that lots of Londoners can benefit?
Judges will be volunteers from STEM education, research and industry.
The Big Bang London Fairs aim to inspire students with the potential of STEM. Through free interactive stalls, shows and workshops, students can find out what a career in STEM involves and discover how STEM is changing the world around them.
For schools entering projects for the Mayor's London Scientist Prize:
- You will be given a poster board (and, if requested, a table and power) to display your work
- All projects need to be set up by 10.15am on the day
- Judging runs from 10.15am - 12.30pm.
- Each project will be judged for between 10 and 20 minutes. Students will be told in advance what time this takes place so that at other times they are free to join in the hands-on STEM activities at The Big Bang Fair
- Judges are volunteers from STEM education, research and industry
- The awards ceremony will take place at 3.15pm
For further information, please contact Nicola Hern via [email protected] or on 07980 098652.
Taking place at City Hall on 7 December, the Mayor's London Scientist Celebration event will thank teachers, celebrate student achievements and announce future plans for the programme. This will be followed by a wine reception and canapés, with panoramic views of the city.
Winners of the Mayor’s London Scientist Prize will be invited to attend and showcase their projects. Remaining places will be allocated by ballot. Eligible schools who have engaged with the programme will receive:
- One ballot entry per student successfully completing a CREST Award
- Ten ballot entries per project entered into the Big Bang Fair
Schools drawn from the ballot will receive two tickets to the event. Further details will be announced in the autumn term.