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The Young People's Programme
Making science exciting

The BA aims to make science exciting, accessible and relevant to young people. We provide support for teachers and science club leaders, resources, award schemes and events for all ages.

Award schemes

We run a number of activity and project-based award schemes for students of different ages.  These are designed to inspire and motivate students about science and technology and the issues that surround them.

First Investigators (ages 5-8) and Young Investigators (ages 8-13) award schemes provide structured practical science activities for use in science clubs, as part of the curriculum or at home.

BA CREST awards (ages 11-19) encourage students to do independent project work in science and technology. A mentoring scheme builds links between students and real scientists or engineers in industry or higher education. 

Science Communicators awards (ages 11+) help students develop the skills and confidence to communicate on scientific issues.

Events for students

We organise BA Science Discovery Days, exciting and memorable hands-on days out. All activities are linked to the National Curriculum and can often count towards one of our awards.

Schools who take part in BA CREST are invited to regional competitions from which we select the best projects for the national BA CREST Science Fair.

Events for Educators

We have strong links to other organisations within the science education community e.g. the Association for Science Education (ASE), and support teachers and other educators via INSET workshops and other events.

In addition, the BA is supporting - the Science Discovery Clubs Network, a national network offering support for science clubs and allowing the clubs to participate in regional events, exchange ideas and join in mass-participation experiments.