STEM Competition

We Speak Science STEM competitions are an exciting opportunity for you to get involved in scientific and environmental activities, with like-minded individuals taking part across the globe who are passionate and curious about increasing their knowledge of STEM. Moreover, STEM competitions are great for socialising, showcasing your unique scientific ideas, and preparing you for the world of work. STEM competitions mix fun activities with advanced learning. You could win a prize, too!

Through this competition, we have two main objectives:

1. To elevate life through STEM education
2. Embrace diversity and different cultures
Students of different age groups, ranging from 13–18 years old, are invited to express their innovative, bold, and limitless imaginations on different STEM topics.

Students will be grouped into two different categories based on their age.

  • Group 1 Students: 13-15 years old
  • Group 2 Students: 16-18 years old

We advise students to work with a teacher who can support them in this project. These projects will be assessed by world-class academics, and the best three projects will receive a gold medal prize award.

For more information about this competition, please click here:

Let’s STEM with We Speak Science

Are you the next great space explorer or hero of climate change? Can you find solutions to the top STEM problems we face nowadays?

With the We Speak Science annual scientific and engineering competition, inquisitive minds will be inspired to think large, challenge facts, ask questions, and discover answers. Students participating in the STEM competition should compete in any of the topics below:

  1. Scientific Biomedical Research
  2. Engineering
  3. Climate Change and Global Warming
  4. Renewable Energy
  5. Space Exploration
  6. Young people are incredible; help them shine and make a difference in the world.

Join the fun! 
Acquire new STEM skills!

  • Build confidence and teamwork skills.
  • Solve problems
  • Get feedback from world-leading academics.
  • Get your project published on the We Speak Science Website.

The competition is free and open to all students aged 13 to 18, studying globally. Competitors can only enter one project, either on their own or as part of a team. For more details, please check the rules and eligibility.

The competition is now open for 2022/23. The competition closes to entries on September 30, 2022.

To see the general rules

General Rules:

  1. Entry to the competition is free and open to students globally. Competitors can only enter one project into the competition, either as an individual or as part of a team.
  2. Entrants must be aged between 13 and 18 and in full-time secondary education or training at the time the project is entered. An entrant may take part in the competition if they are aged 19 and are in full-time secondary education or training when the project is entered.
  3. Projects will be entered into one of three categories according to the entrant (s)’s school year in the academic year 2021/22
Category Global students
Intermediate 13-15 years old
Senior 16-18 years old
  1.     There are three different ways students can compete:
  •       Construction with safe materials
  •       Video presentation (no longer than 10 min.)
  •       Scientific article writing (max 1500 words)
  1. We will only consider projects that have been submitted to the competition via the We Speak Science Platform; projects that have not been submitted will not be reviewed by judges. 
  1. All competitors must return a signed parent/carer and competitor consent form before their project is judged. Competitors that do not provide a signed consent form will not be able to take part in judging.
  1. Plagiarism is prohibited. The project entry must be the original work of the entrant (s) only.
  1. Every project entered into the competition will be reviewed by four judges. They will assess projects against the core judging criteria. 
  1. The judges’ decisions are final, and no appeals will be heard or correspondence relating to the result determination entered into. 
  1. We Speak Science reserves the right to revise these rules and regulations at any time. Should it be necessary to do so, we will make every effort to communicate any changes to interested parties as quickly as possible.
  1. Written entries will be submitted via an online form template provided by the competition. Entrants must keep to the following word count: 
  •     Project overview: 150 words. Project concept: 300 words 
  •     Project process: 400 words. Project outline: 400 words 
  •     Next steps and reflections: 350 words 

Team-specific rules

  1.     Projects can be completed by teams of any size. 
  2.   If a team gains a place at the competition finals and not all team members are able to attend, then those who do attend must represent the whole team and inform the judges which area of the projects they focused on themselves.
  3.   All team members must be eligible to enter the competition even if all members are not able to attend the finals.
  4.   If not all team members are able to attend the finals for any reason, then the school or college has the responsibility for the appropriate allocation of any prizes awarded.
  5.   Where teams have members spread across categories, the entire team will be allocated based on the category appropriate to the highest year group. 

Through participation, students experience what it’s like to work as a team to tackle a real-world problem under time and resource constraints akin to those faced by professional mathematicians working in the industry. Extra credit awards are available for teams who choose to write or employ outstanding code as part of their solution.