The STEM Inspiration Awards celebrate the individuals, organisations and STEM clubs working to inspire young people in science, technology, engineering and maths. They recognise the initiatives which make a real impact, sparking an enthusiasm for STEM subjects and paving the way for careers in STEM.  The awards are sponsored by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

The winners of the STEM Inspiration Awards were announced on Thursday 20 May at 4 pm via the STEM Learning YouTube channel. The video was hosted by Dr Tara Shine, co-founder of Change By Degrees, author, and presenter of the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures in 2020.

Congratulations to all those recognised at the awards and the two winners and highly commended from our STEM Hub region:

Outstanding STEM Ambassador – Neil Chattle, Head of Corporate Heritage and Chief Executive of The Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust

Neil has been a STEM Ambassador for over 25 years, volunteering in a wide breadth of STEM activities across all age ranges, including the Rolls-Royce STEM science prize.  Read our case study about Neil here. 

Outstanding STEM Club – Ramsden Primary School in Worksop

Ramsden Primary School STEM Club makes a big difference to pupils at a school in an area of high deprivation. The club is often over-subscribed, creating a real buzz with exciting, creative activities. To boost what it can offer pupils, the club has partnered with the BBC, the Royal Microscopy Society and local businesses. The club even got a mention in the school’s latest Ofsted Report. 

Outstanding New STEM Ambassador (highly commended) – Pippa Armstrong, Deputy Chief Engineer at Alstrom

Pippa joined the STEM Ambassadors programme in 2018 and has completed over 240 hours of STEM Ambassador work.  This includes one–off events such as site tours, careers talks, and judging competitions as well as longer term commitments such as running STEM Clubs, co-ordinating and redesigning the company engineering work experience and mentoring young people whose transition to university has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.