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TechFest’s STEM Next Essay Competition has returned!


This essay competition has no subject pre-requisites and is not purely STEM based.

Students of various interests are more than welcome to take part! This is a fantastic opportunity for you to learn transferable skills that you can utilize in your future studies and careers, e.g. research, critical analysis, communication. There are six potential essay categories to choose and within each category there are a diverse range of potential essay questions, with something to suit every interest.

This is a solo project that requires independent research and writing. However, we encourage that participants get feedback from their peers or teachers before the final submission. The essay should be between 1000 to a maximum of 3000 words in length. In addition, at least one external industry professional must be interviewed as part of the research for the essay. List of the available proffesionals will be provided.  


There are six essay categorries available:

1) Energy Transition (see Q&I sheet here)

2) Medicine & Veterinary Sciences (see Q&I sheet here)

3) Biological Sciences (see Q&I sheet here)

4) Technology & Innovation (see Q&I sheet here)

5) Space Sciences (see Q&I sheet here)

6) Food, Drink and Agriculture (see Q&I sheet here)

Students can register here.


Each of the STEM Next essay categories has a first place prize of £150 worth of Amazon vouchers, and second place prize of £100 worth of Amazon vouchers and a third place prize of £50 worth of Amazon vouchers.

Taking part in this competition is a brilliant opportunity for students to add additional achievements to their UCAS applications.

In addition, their essays were be eligible for CREST Awards and guidance on how to achieve this award was provided as part of the competition.



Deadline to register interest – 10/06/22

Project launch - 13/06/22 (students to receive starter pack)

Deadline for essay submission – 16/09/22

(don’t forget to submit the cover sheet as well!)

Winning essays announced – October/November - TBC


Interested in volunteering for STEM Next?

If you work, have worked in any of the following industries or have great knowledge about any of the following subjects: Energy, Medicine & Veterinary Sciences, Biological Sciences, Technology & Innovation, Space and Food, Drink & Agriculture, and would like to be interviewed by a student for their essay about the topics around these subjects, please click here to sign up.


Interested in supporting STEM Next?

Sponsorship provides an excellent opportunity to invest in the future of our local community, directly benefiting hundreds of young people throughout the area and beyond. Please click here for information on how you can sponsor this project. 



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