University of Sheffield researchers: ARE YOU TOP OF THE CLASS IN EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH?

Tell us all about your work with young people for the chance to win £250!

THIS PRIZE WAS NOT AWARDED IN 2019.

Do you have a passion for education?  Have you been working locally, nationally or even globally to help young people learn about science?  If so, the Kroto Prize for Science Education of Young People could be for you!

This competition recognises the University of Sheffield researcher who has made the most worthwhile contribution to young people's science education over the year, whether locally, nationally or globally - all Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers at the University of Sheffield who currently hold non-academic positions are invited to enter this competition.

To enter, all you need to do is describe, in the form of a press release, what you have done and how it has benefited young people.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for researchers to tell the world about their excellent work in science education. Professor Sir Harry Kroto and his wife, Lady Margaret Kroto, have devoted an enormous amount of time and energy to science education for young people, and have endowed this prize to the University to recognise excellence in this area and to encourage researchers at Sheffield to continue this crucial work." Bryony Portsmouth, competition champion.

Remember: keep your press release short, snappy and to the point!  Some top tips can be found in the right-hand downloads.

Judging criteria

A panel of judges will assess the entries based on the following criteria:

  • The overall effectiveness of the press release
  • Information about connectivity with other partners apart from the young people
  • The creativity in design of the activity / activities
  • The impact of the activity / activities
  • Observation of the word limit
Winners 2018

WINNER: Sabrina Cipullo, School of Water, Energy and Environment, Cranfield University

“My work successfully enabled a diverse audience (from kids to adults) to participate in research conversations, establishing relevance and building trust around complex topics.”

Sabrina Cipullo outreach picture

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Natalie Lamb, Department of Civil Engineering

"I challenge the pupils to think about their own water usage and the lead in their own houses. My aim is to spark discussion, encourage debate and motivate the young people to think about water."

Natalie Lamb outreach picture

Winners 2017

The Green Brain Project - 'Virtual Robotics' [LINK]

“The UK needs to double, at least, the number of UK based university engineering students.”

Winner - Chelsea Sabo

Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease

Highly commended - Furaha Florence Asani

"Her goal is to show children of all ages that science can be fun."

Winners 2016

Grow a Baby team

Soil Secret Agents

Department of Oncology & Metabolism - 'Grow a Baby' [LINK]

Department of Animal & Plant Sciences - 'Soil Secret Agents' [LINK]

Winners 2015

Image of Harry Kroto with Lygia Eleftheriou

Lygia Eleftheriou - In her submission, Lygia shared that, “we had a wide range of themes including: 3D Printing of Bone Structures,Chemistry Experiments, the BuckyBall Workshop, Astronomy and Physics, Bee-Hind a Bee Mind, First Aid, Bacteria Sticking To Surfaces, Scientist's Photo Corner, Grow a Baby Workshop, extraction of DNA from fruit, Wireless Wearable Devices, LegoRobot, Wind Turbines,Fun Maths Activities,Brain/Illusion Games, Racing Car. All the workstations included hands-on activities, short presentations, games and gifts for the visitors.”

Emily Pentreath - In her submission, Emily told us that, “with 70 student volunteers from 9 different societies involved, and over 1000 members of public attending throughout the day I feel confident that this event made a BIG impact in the local community! We received incredible feedback from parents and children, with many people asking when the next ‘Science Alive’ day would be, and some hoping this would become a regular monthly event!”

Winners 2014

Prize winners 2015

Chelsea Sabo - Chelsea had been involved in numerous outreach activities as a project lead, organizer and participant. She has a particular interest in outreach that promotes STEM careers for young people and in creating STEM activities that connect classroom material with real-life examples and applications. She delivered six targeted outreach activities in the previous twelve months reaching over 250 young people.

Gifty Tetteh - After being challenged by Sir Harry Kroto to share his Buckyball workshop with a wider audience, Gifty created an intensive 3-week ‘Labs to Africa’ outreach program, funded by the Santander Mobility Grant to promote teaching and learning of science in Ghana, a developing country in Africa.

Winner 2013

Image of the winner of the KRI outreach prize with children

Ilida Ortega Asensio was awarded the prize for her active participation in the Sheffield Children's Festival, and Festival of the Mind. She has also worked with young scientists in 'Inspiring and Supporting Young Researchers' and had planned further outreach activities in 2013.