STEM Award - celebrating and recognising outstanding education

The STEM Award has been launched by Milton Keynes Council to celebrate those schools actively promoting and inspiring work in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

The award is open to all schools and pre-schools across Milton Keynes and there is no cost for nomination. Nominations for the STEM Award should be sent to

Please see below for further details around how to create an entry and what the judges are looking for.

What is the STEM Award?

The award is open to all MK schools and pre-school settings. It is designed to recognise schools and early years settings that are inspiring children to engage with STEM.

Why should my school take part?

Every nominated school will be entered into our prize draw to win a £250 voucher towards STEM (draw will take place in December). Each winner will receive a signed certificate and a 3D printed award, presented in person by Councillor Zoe Nolan.

What can you submit as an entry?

You can be as creative as you want - a short written narrative, a video or a PowerPoint presentation are all fine.  Just remember it needs to be clear, concise and not over complicated.  We would advise that written documents contain no more than 1,200 words and videos are under 4 minutes in length.

What is the process?

All MK school staff, governors or parents can submit their entries to:

We will check all nominations against the criteria (see below) and successful schools will receive our unique award along with a certificate presented by Councillor Zoe Nolan.  

We will announce at least one school award winner per month from March 2019 onwards.  In December 2019, we will announce our prize draw winner from those schools who have entered to date.  The winner will receive the £250 voucher to spend on STEM - presented in person by Councillor Nolan and our partners from Niftylift.

How is it judged?

Below is a full list of criteria including how you demonstrate delivery of STEM, recognise under-represented groups and your approach to MK Learning 2050.  All nominations are judged against this criteria with winners announced every month from March 2019.

  • How does your school deliver STEM?
  • What things make you different?
  • In addition to core subjects – can you provide evidence for going that extra mile? For example lunch clubs, competitions or guest speakers at assemblies.
  • How does your school engage with for example engineering companies or businesses to promote extra-curricular activities for young people?
  • Does your school have a long term engagement plan through one project or specific programme?
  • We know from research that there are under-represented groups in STEM. We would particularly like to see applications that have a clear strategy, ideas or on-going projects to get such groups involved.
  • Outline how you intend to engage with MK Learning 2050?


"We’re looking for creativity and dedication to STEM and we also want people to have fun with this.  We want MK to be a place of opportunity, fostering the next generation of leading scientists, technicians, engineers and mathematicians."
Councillor Zoe Nolan, Lead Councillor for children and families


STEM Award
Prototype STEM award - 3D printed by St Paul's Catholic School


Last Updated: 5 March 2019