2020 Stemettes Outbox programme logo

This summer young women and nonbinary young people will be able to work towards a Python or Cyber certification, or a STEM project with peers and support from role models.

Daily Timetable

11.00 – 12.00 BST: Morning Lecture session

We’ll be joined by a STEM expert to hear from them on the topic of Python, Cyber or their career in an interactive lecture. On some days in Sprint B, this will be for 2 hours.

13.00 – 14.00 BST: Afternoon group session

In groups of up to 5, we’ll go through more project work or study work with a STEM volunteer. On some days in Sprint B, this will be for up to 3 hours.

15.00 – 16.00 BST: Optional Downtime session (Monday – Thursday)

Join a session with all Outbox streams to get fit, get baking or enjoy another social activity.

15.00 – 17.00 BST: Show’n’Tell session (Friday)

A chance to show the other Outbox attendees, Parents, Guardians and our STEM volunteers what you’ve created and learnt all week.

Don’t have your own laptop or internet connection? Don’t worry!

We’ve worked hard to ensure that young women from across the country are able to join these digital sessions, no matter what their setup is at home. If you need it, we’ll send you a device, a dongle and some lunch for the two weeks you’re on the programme.


Sprint A – 3rd to 14th August

We’ll have an overall focus on the themes of Technology and Engineering, and the option to earn the Cisco Networking Academy ‘Introduction to Cybersecurity’ badge or work on a team project.

Sprint B – 17th to 30th August

Very near full. We’ll have an overall focus on Science and Maths, and the option to study with the Open University and earn the Python Institute PCEP (Entry-Level Python Programmer Certification) or work on a team project.

The programme is now full. Registration has closed.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have a friend who doesn’t have internet access or their own device, can I register on their behalf?

This is lovely. Drop a note to julia@stemettes.org and she can do their application over the phone, or in another way.

Can I apply for both sprints?

You can, but we’d like to have as many young people benefit from this programme as possible, so we might suggest you do only one sprint.

I’ve attended a Stemettes Academy before, can I attend this one?

Yes, these are our first Python & Cyber Academies, so there is little overlap with our previous Agile and Leadership Academies.

I’m younger than 15, can I join Outbox Academy?

The recommended minimum age is 15, but we’ll consider applications from those as young as 13. You’ll just need to show that you can keep up with the older group.

Do I have to be a member of the Stemette Society to join Outbox Academy?

No. But you should definitely consider joining the Stemette Society, if you are over 15.

I’m older than 15 but don’t want to study this summer!

That’s fine, you’ll be able to join sessions with role models and work to a project with others – studying isn’t compulsory.

When do applications close?

For Sprint A, applications close on July 22nd. For Sprint B, they’ll close 2 weeks later.

I’m not in the UK or Ireland, can I join the Outbox Academy?

Yes. Yes you can.

Will sessions run on the weekend?

No, sessions will happen on weekdays only.

What projects will we be working on during group work sessions?

Projects done by Outbox participants need to be feasible during the two-week period, and will be decided collaboratively by participants in their groups at the beginning of the sprint. They can be a pitch deck, demo, online repository, blog post, resource or summary of their learning from Outbox sessions attended.  Check out this document for suggested formats and topics.

What are your criteria for selection?

We’re looking for young women who will be able to make the most of the experience, but also those who wouldn’t normally be able to access opportunities like this. Due to the funders for this programme, we’ve also reserved a set of spaces for young people from the North East, East of England and Northern Ireland. Other than that, if you’re a young women or nonbinary young person, we’d love to have you!

As an adult/parent, can I apply on behalf of my child or a young person that I think might benefit from this programme?

Yes, you can apply on behalf of your child or a young person. Please use the parents/guardians application form to do so.

Can I register a group of young people for Outbox?

Yes, drop a note to julia@stemettes.org and she will send you a group form to complete instead of having to complete a separate application for each individual.