Dear STEM Ambassador
The end of the academic year brings new opportunities and requests from both school and public engagement events. STEM Ambassadors can reply to requests or place their own requests by contacting me
STEM Inspiration Awards are now open!
The National STEM Inspiration Awards are open for nominations here. Closing date is 30 July. Ambassadors can nominate themselves or someone they know.
Categories include: Outstanding STEM Ambassador; Outstanding New STEM Ambassador; Outstanding STEM Technician, STEM Employer, Inspirational STEM Engagement project.
A good representation from Wales is expected!
STEM Ambassador Hub (Wales)
STEM Ambassadors celebrated at Enthuse Awards
This year for the first time STEM Learning joined the STEM Ambassador Hub Wales Awards with the Enthuse Awards event for teacher CPD. Techniquest as STEM Learning partners run the CPD courses for teachers in Wales and the event was kindly hosted at the Senedd under the invitation of WG
Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams AM.
It is never easy to select STEM Ambassadors for awards as all deserve merit for their loyalty to the programme. The list of nominated Ambassadors is not limited to the following names. However we welcomed special commendation as below. A sociable event was attended by 30 Ambassadors and teachers awarded for Enthuse in Wales and the West Country.
Awards and nominees:
Most dedicated STEM Employer GE Aviation
Airbus Broughton; DVLA Swansea; GE Aviation; IPSEN Biopharm
STEM Ambassador Club support DVLA Swansea
DVLA Swansea; Aberystwyth Robotics Club; Bangor University
Award for cross-curricular support
Jon Bloom Pharmaron; Susan Jones Tata Steel; David Naumann Swansea University and Kelly Gipson Pentrehafod School; Christopher Squire
Most dedicated STEM Ambassador Mark Smith
Dr Emma Yhnell; Mark Jones DVLA; Jon Laver; Mark Smith;
Most Dedicated STEM Ambassador South and West Wales Steve Hoselitz
Dr Natalie de Mello; Steve Hoselitz; Dr Karen Reed; Allan Reid
Most inspirational STEM Ambassador Technical / Apprentice Dan Worley Qinetiq
Dan is presented with hs award by Qinetiq CEO Steve Wadie and Site Manager Ian Beresford
Louise Burnell GE Aviation; David Job Tata Steel; Dan Worley Qinetiq
Most dedicated STEM Ambassador North and Mid Wales Dr William Lockitt G2G Communities
Carl Harper; Clive Briscoe; David Ingleston; Dr William Lockitt G2G Communities
Earth, Space and the Universe! at Llangattock Primary with Graham Crawford
STEM Ambassador Graham Crawford took Llangattock pupils on a journey to ﬁnd out about Earth, Space and the creation of the Universe. Graham who is a retired engineer and keen Astronomer has been working
with Years 5 and 6 throughout the year. Jo Jones who teaches the class has been delighted by Graham’s involvement in the school.
Speaking about Graham she said, “He has brought Science to life, he is so knowledgable and speaks with conﬁdence to the pupils. They enjoy asking questions and his talks have sparked a real interest in Science. Even weeks after, they remember the facts and details from Graham’s talks and workshops.”
Graham who spends part of the year in inspiring children in Australia too (where his grandchildren live) really enjoys working with the pupils.
He commented, “The pupils are great and they really get it. I am glad that they are enjoying the subject and even when the Science can be difﬁcult to understand, they are really raising up to the challenge”.
In his talk Graham used Playdoh to explain the big bang. The pupils loved colliding their Playdoh together to simulate the creation of the universe. He also used video clips and a portable radio to convey how pupils can listen to left over background radiation from the big bang.
with thanks to Heidi Purnell
STUART BISHOP and the BP ULTIMATE CHALLENGE at HAWTHORN HIGH
Hawthorn High were competitors in the BP Ultimate Challenge 2017. Stuart visited the STEM Club, in his Ambassador role, providing invaluable support to give confidence in a very competitive project "Rescue Rockets"
"I was invited along to give advice on air flow and help with potential optimisations to their design, and
give a brief understanding of constraints from an engineer’s point of view.
After a whistle stop tour of each group to get a progress update on where they were and what they wanted to achieve. I then provided an overview about the effect of centre of gravity vs the centre of pressure want what options are available to stabilise a rocket, as a result a of the teams revised their designs.
As part of their challenge the students have to bring the rocket or part of the rocket back to earth with a slower descent with some sort of visible aid to draw people attention, similar to a flare. Again I went over some of the principle of jettisoning part of rocket and issues that can be found in doing so; I also provided several LED and battery to the school for the flashing lights.
After almost an hour, 2 of the teams were ready to test parts of their re designed rockets, one went extremely well and one not so, however this is science after all and the team ruled out 1 design change that would not work, and now considering another.
It was a very busy hour, but both Students and I not only had fun but both gained some invaluable benefits."
The 'Whole Force' of Girls into Engineering at RAF Valley
15 female students from Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen, Caernarfon, Gwynedd visited RAF Valley as part of the Engineering Education Scheme Wales (EESW) initiative to promote women in engineering.
BAE alongside Babcock and RAF hosted the event. Students were split into 2 groups swopping over at lunchtime to enable the students to gain the most out of their day.
The tour kicked off in BAE HSTF (Hawk Synthetic Training Facility) with one group getting a tour of the T1 Simulator followed on by Babcock female engineers giving the students a tour of IV(R) Squadron hangar and the Sea Survival Section.
The second group were hosted by 3 female BAE STEM Ambassadors (Sally Hulse, Catie Wright & June Strydhorst) alongside STEM Ambassador Sqn Ldr Tony Mcloughlin. Using 2 STIX machines the students were tasked with building a chair. They covered problem solving, planning, teamwork and communication. The girls completed the task enthusiastically competing against each other to make the sturdiest chair.
At the end of the day Mr John Hughes from EESW judged their efforts, complimenting each team for their efforts and teamwork.
The girls also had the opportunity of completing the “People Like Me” Quiz giving them ideas of job roles that might appeal to them.
A successful and enjoyable day had by all.
Big Bang Wales and EESW projects
EESW is a not for profit organisation, their programmes in Wales offer high quality opportunities for pupils including the Big Bang Fairs, F1 Challenges, Go4Set, EESW schemes,Primary Activities and Headstart Cymru. Partnership with industry is a key aspect of the success of their delivery to schools and has resulted in many pupils inspired to choose career paths in Engineering. Many STEM Ambassadors were involved in mentoring pupil teams for the 2017 Big Bang events, who also achieved Gold CREST Awards. Projects will restart in September 2017, interested Ambassadors please see:
Lab in a Lorry across Wales. Scheduled sessions below.
One of the most popular and well supported activities. Travel expenses are offered for distances hard to reach. STEM Ambassadors are trained on the experiments before the session .All STEM Ambassador backgrounds are welcome. Pupils are KS3 level . You will be working with a team from Lab in a Lorry alongside other STEM Ambassadors. Travel expenses on offer To find out more: www.labinalorry.org.uk
To express interest please contact Sian at firstname.lastname@example.org
- June 13 & 14 Powys – Caereinion High School, Neaudd Lane, Llanfair Caereinion, SY21 0QS.
- June 27 & 28 Gwynedd – Ysgol Ardudwy, Fford y Traeth, Harlech, Gwynedd, LL46 2UH.
- July 4 week in the South Wales Valleys – locations tbc
- July 11 week in Wrexham – locations tbc
Institute of Physics: Public Engagement event support.
The IOP run interactive stands at many events. This is a great opportunity to support and observe how activities are developed to engage a wide range of audiences. If you can join them for an hour or two at any of these I will forward offers to Abi Ashton leading the stands: Abigail.Ashton@iop.org
- 29th May to 3rd June: Urdd Eisteddfod, Bridgend
- 1st and 2nd July: Tafwyl, Cardiff
- 24th to 27th July: Royal Welsh Show, Builth Wells
- 26th and 27th August: Cardiff Pride Festival, Cardiff
- 9th and 10th September: Swansea Science Festival, Swansea
- 23rd and 24th September: Llandovery Sheep Festival, Llandovery
Storytelling with the IOP.
Abi Ashton would like to hear from Ambassadors involved in physics or engineering (including teachers, researchers or those working in business and industry) who are interested in taking part in storytelling events around Wales.
Training will be a part of participation as we’re keen to “skill up” people who want new ways to interact with adult audiences.
Chemistry at Work Tuesday 11 July 9.30am – 2.15pm. Swansea University Singleton Campus Swansea SA2 8PP.
Year 9 pupils from local schools will be visiting this engaging event. The event is requesting STEM Ambassadors who can offer 4 x 30 minute sessions on an interactive chemistry related topic. The aim of the event is to experience chemistry as applied to real world and offer insight into different career paths. If you are able to support please contact me for further information.
Hereford. Code Club Longtown Primary Hereford HR2 0LG. The school are planning to set up a Code Club. They are based near the Wales border and having problems finding local support. If any STEM Ambassador in Wales can assist with advice / school visit I shall place them in contact with Juliette Kay email@example.com
- Miskin Renishaw Greenpower Challenge Saturday 24 June Miskin Business Park, Miskin CF72 8XY. STEM Ambassador support welcomed at this engaging event. Greenpower racing events encourage young people to take an interest in engineering in a fun and innovative way by building and racing a fully functional electric car. STEM Ambassadors can act as team mentors or judges. http://www.renishaw.com/en/renishaw-hosts-inaugural-south-wales-greenpower-event--39109 Offers of support forwarded to Simon Biggs Education Liaison Officer firstname.lastname@example.org
- Barry. Primary STEM Club Cadoxton Primary Barry CF63 2JS. Teacher Hannah Cogbill takes a STEM Club every Tuesday 3.30 - 4.15pm. STEM Ambassadors would be valuable to lead any topic and STEM activity session. All Ambassadors welcome to enthuse and inspire her pupils. Contact email@example.com
- Penarth. Bring Science and Maths to Life. Headlands Special School St Augustine’s Rd CF64 1YY. Flexible dates as suit Ambassadors. Teacher Kevin Farrow is seeking STEM Ambassadors for his special needs pupils. Pupils are aged 14 – 19yrs working at KS 3 – 5. Applications of science / maths in life with a workshop, hands on session would be brilliant. STEM Ambassadors should note that pupils have emotional, social and behavioural needs. Offers very gratefully accepted at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cardiff. Tafwyl Welsh Arts and Culture Festival. Science tent stand. Llandaff Fields Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 July. STEM Ambassadors are needed to support the Science stand at this festival. Preferably Welsh speakers. Activities have been prepared for family visitors. A 2 hour slot would be fine: 10am – 12pm; 12pm – 2pm or 2pm -4pm. Tafwyl is a showcase of Welsh language as a family friendly festival of music, art, comedy, food and drink. If you can support either day please contact email@example.com
- Cardiff. St Peters Primary Roath CF24 3SP. STEM sessions / site visits. Teacher Phil Ryan is very keen to build on recent visits by STEM Ambassadors and to local industries. Flexible on dates to suit Ambassadors. Phil would like to hear from any STEM Ambassador or group of Ambassadors who could offer a session or company visit. Pupils are mainly Year 4. Grateful for offers firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cardiff Bay. Landrover Roadshow. Friday 9th June 8.30 - 3.00pm. Cardiff Bay Water Activity Centre CF10 4LY The purpose of the roadshow is to engage young people in the science and technology behind the British campaign for the America’s Cup, inspire them into the opportunities that are available to them and encourage support for the Land Rover BAR team as they head towards the qualifying races for the 35th America’s Cup.120, 11-14 year olds from the Largs area joining us for a variety of hands-on activities focussing on STEM and sustainability, including a structured taught lesson linked to the National Curriculum. The pupils will also enjoy an on the water experience. Lunch supplied Pupils aged 11-14 from local schools experience a day of hands-on activities focusing on STEM and sustainability, including a structured taught lesson linked to the National Curriculum. In addition pupils will also receive a free on the water experience. STEM Ambassadors are warmly invited to support this fun easy event, my contact is Gabriella.Southwell@1851trust.org.uk
- Cardiff. Rhydypenau Primary Llanishen CF14 0NX. Product Design, Invention. Human Anatomy. Any dates after Whitsun Holidays. Teacher Clarissa Brind is seeking different expertise sessions for her pupils. Year 3: Human anatomy, digestive system, bones, blood. Year 6: Invention and Product Design. If you can assist with either please contact me. email@example.com
- Cardiff. Mary Immaculate Careers Fair Wednesday 5 July 10am – 1pm. Wenvoe CF5 5QZ. Cath Thomas is seeking STEM Ambassadors and Employers to support this event. Year 9 and 10 pupils will have workbooks to complete as they visit and meet STEM Ambassadors. The aim of the event is to follow on from their Mock Interview and exams offering insight into the world of STEM and subject choice. A useful demo / interactive stand always appeals.
- Cardiff. Mary Immaculate Mock Interviews Thursday 29 June 9am – 3pm or hours as you can spare. Wenvoe CF5 5QZ Year 10 pupils will be attending mock interviews and STEM Ambassadors would be valuable as ‘Interviewers’ You will be provided with the pupil’s cv and a list of possible interview questions. Interviewers provide positive feedback and careers discussion with the pupil. No experience needed. My contact is Cath Thomas. firstname.lastname@example.org
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- Caerphilly. Forces, Food Chains, Habitats, Life Cycles, States of Matter. Cwm Ifor Primary CF83 2PG Any Tuesday – Thursday. Teacher Andrew Rowlands is seeking sessions for his pupils on these topics:
- Yr 2: Life cycles
- Yr 2: Forces
- Yr 6 States of Matter
- Yr 6 Food Chains /Habitats
- Cardiff. Science or Technology sessions at St Phillip Evans Primary Llanedeyrn CF23 9NX. Matthew O’Brian is setting up a sci/tech club at the school. He would welcome 2 to 3 visits a term from STEM Ambassadors. Emphasis on any type of practical support such as coding or engaging science sessions. Much appreciate offers email@example.com
- Cardiff Springwood Primary STEM Week (date tbc). Pennsylvania Llanedeyrn Cardiff
CF23 9LS STEM week will run in the summer term and will involve all pupils from Nursery to Year 6. Catherine Rees would value STEM Ambassador taking part in the week and offer pupils an insight into the subject through a hands-on-approach. If you are able to take part in Springwood's STEM week, could you please let me know what workshops you are able to run and any available dates. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cardiff. Welsh language STEM talk. 7.30pm 3rd Monday each month. Main Building Cardiff University. A mature audience is eager to welcome STEM Ambassadors for a 45 minute talk / discussion on any STEM topic or about their work in STEM. Any topic and disclipline is welcome. If you can support on any Monday I will place you in contact with Cerian Angharad. email@example.com
- Caerphilly. STEM Club visits Ysgol Y Castell. CF83 1WH Teacher Lowri Davies runs a STEM club on Monday lunchtime. Visiting STEM Ambassadors have made a great impression on the pupils and teachers. Lowri would welcome more visits on any Monday. Sesssions are 30 – 40 minutes and any topic can be covered. A small demonstration would be welcome, they are happy to extend the pupils’ experiences. English or Welsh medium. Please offer through firstname.lastname@example.org
Gellifaelog Primary is very keen to develop teachers' understanding on how to communicate and deliver engaging STEM sessions. Head Teacher Sally Williams would like teachers to gain insight into how STEM Ambassadors engage with pupils. If you can offer a session on any of these topics I will place you in contact with Sally
- Merthyr. STEM sessions for various ages flexible dates. Gellifaelog School Merthyr Tydfil CF47 9TJ
Forces - pushes/pulls/balancing
Light,shadows and sound
KS2 Faraway Lands
- A Study of plants found in two contrasting environments:
- Environmental factors that affects what grows and lives in two environments; eg. sunlight, water availability, temperature
- Animals and how they are adapted to these different environments.
The daily and annual movements of the Earth and their effect on day and year length.
Teacher Llyr Evans is seeking support for his A level pupils. Either with hands on activities for DNA and Genetics or specialists in statistics who can deliver a session to explain some of the statistic work in the curriculum. For more information and to offer support please contact me email@example.com
- Pontypridd. Statistics in Biology, Genetics, DNA, PCR. Ysgol Gyfun Garth Olwg Pontypridd CF38 1RQ.
- Chemistry at Work Tuesday 11 July 9.30am – 2.15pm. Swansea University Singleton Campus Swansea SA2 8PP. Year 9 pupils from local schools will be visiting this engaging event. The event is requesting STEM Ambassadors who can offer 4 x 30 minute sessions on an interactive chemistry related topic. The aim of the event is to experience chemistry as applied to real world and offer insight into different career paths. If you are able to support please contact me for further information.
- Swansea. Science Club visits: STEM / Coding. Pontarrdulais School SA1 8PD. Any Thursday 12.15pm – 1.00pm. Teacher Michelle Wood is seeking Ambassadors for problem solving science or activities. Pupils are also learning Scratch as part of coding. 20 pupils KS2/ KS3 attend.
- Swansea. Roller Coaster Challenge. Swansea Waterfront Museum Wednesday 28th June. 9.30am - 2.30pm. STEM Ambassador are invited to support a workshop, any support throughout the day is appreciated. Lunch will be provided. Pupils from Pentrehafod School will design and build a roller Coaster mentored and judged by Ambassadors. This event is in partnership with Gower College.
- Llanelli. Employer engagement days Various schools in July
The day would be a carousel type activity, with workshops being run by businesses / organisations. The aim of this day is to give students an insight into industry and employability skills.
- Coedcae school – Monday 3rd July (0900 – 1500)
- St John Lloyd – Tuesday 4th July (0930 – 1530)
- Glan Y Mor – Thursday 6th July (0945 – 1500)
- Bryngwyn – Thursday 6th July (0845 – 1500)
- Bryngwyn – Friday 7th July (0845 – 1500)
The session could include all or a few of the following:-
My contact is Emma Benger firstname.lastname@example.org
- Talk about your company / organisation / Industry
- Benefits of working in that industry
- Your own career journey
- Employability skills
- Future opportunities
- Llanelli. Year 10 Mock Interviews. 27 June – 11 July various dates. The following schools are seeking STEM Ambassadors as Interviewers. If you can assist on any date – for a few hours, I will place you in contact with Aled Evans email@example.com
- Glan y Mor Burry Port SA16 0AL: 27 and 28 of June (9am-3.30pm)
- Coedcae School SA15 1LJ 5 and 7 July (9am-3.30pm)
- St John Lloyd SA14 8SD 10 and 11 July (9am-3.30pm)
- Swansea. Medical Physics session A level pupils. Morriston Comprehensive School SA6 6NH. Date to suit Ambassador. Teacher David Meredith is seeking a STEM Ambassador for a talk / session on Medical Physics and career routes. Session length would be one hour. 8 pupils attend the class and are interested in professions in this field.
- Swansea. Swansea careers festival Tuesday 20th of June 9am – 3pm Swansea University, Bay Campus SA1 8EN. Swansea and Neath Port Talbot Yr 9 &10 pupils will attend to meet STEM Ambassadors and Employers. The event aims to profile their career routes and raising their aspirations. Your expertise and experience will be invaluable. Of key interest are a range of careers including apprenticeships and variety of career routes. Refreshments and a packed lunch will be provided Exhibition space is free. Parking is charged £3.50 for the day Careers Wales Emma Benger will be the contact for this event: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Carmarthen. World of Work Day Monday 10 July Ysgol Bro Myrrdin Teacher Gareth Jones is World of Work Day for Year 10 before their work experience. STEM Ambassadors will take 5 x one hour sessions with 20 pupils in each session. A practical challenge or task would help to engage pupils. email@example.com
- Swansea. Ffynone House. Science club for year 7 and 8 pupils. Monday at 1.20 to 2pm. Karen Wright is requesting STEM Ambassadors, particularly with an engineering background for a session at the lunchtime club. Expanding the club to include engineering projects e.g a kind of Heath Robinson club, construct a mechanical device to undertake a task etc. Any session would help as engineering expertise is not commonly available at this school.
Class One (3 and 4yrs old)
- Pembrokeshire. Science sessions. Any dates possible. Holy Name Primary Fishguard. SA65 9DF Teacher Abbie Davies is keen to source expertise for help with any of these topics:
Term 3 – Transport
Class Three (5 and 6 years old)
Term 3 - How things work - sound and light
Class Four - (7 and 8 years old)
Term 3 - The Human Body
Class Five - (9 and 10 years old)
Term 3 - Interdependence of Organisms
- Flint. Careers Fair. Friday 7 July St Richard Gwyn High School Flint CH6 5JZ Year 10 pupils visit 9am – 12pm, Year 8 from 1.15pm – 3.30pm The event is aimed at raising aspirations and to show young people what they can achieve through education and career opportunities on their door step STEM Ambassadors are warmly invited to attend and represent their Employer or Career Path.The event will be based in the school hall, the format is relaxed and informal where volunteer ambassadors from different sectors talk to small groups of young people giving them an insight into their careers and life journeys. My contact is Lesley Lloyd.
- Wrexham. Science / Engineering / Maths sessions. Black Lane School, Pentre broughton LL11 6BT. Teacher Beccy Fox is seeking sessions: Presentation or Workshop for Year 5/6 pupils. There are 28 pupils in 2 classes. The session would be 30 -45 mins, or longer if required. Beccy would also like to cover how STEM is used in various jobs.
Ceredigion and Aberystwyth Areas
Hannah is establishing a connection with the local schools to promote science and education within the field.
- Aberystwyth. Science and Education in the field. STEM Ambassador Hannah Vallin would like to link with STEM Ambassadors who are interested in her new schools project. If you are interested please contact Hannah at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Based at Pwllpeiran upland research centre (part of IBERS Aber Uni), Hannah is inviting small school groups to the centre for day events, working with the children in outdoor lab facilities and then into the field for a hands-on experience.
- To develop this service and events Hannah would like to collaborate with other local STEM Ambassadors particularly those in similar areas of work
- Pwllperian is surrounded hills and a variety of habitats; woodland, grasslands, peat bogs. Ideal for ecology field work based studies.
- It will count as a STEM Ambassador 'activity'!
There are 2 classes:
- Aberporth Science investigation support. Ysgol Gynradd Aberporth, SY43 2DA Susan Lewis and fellow teachers would appreciate help with planning an investigation. The school is five minutes from the beach, with a garden and pond and plenty of outdoor space! Science s taught through Welsh medium
Dosbarth Pencartws – years 3 and 4 (27 pupils in total)
Dosbarth Penrodyn – years 5 and 6. (25 pupils in total)
Years 3 and 4 are studying forces and motion.
Years 5 and 6 are studying the Interdependence of Organisms and Water Life
Suggested session dates:-
Thursday 22 June
Week commencing 26 June
Monday 3 July
Friday 7 July
Tuesday 11 July
Thursday 13 July or Friday 14 July.
1. Llangorse Brecon. Primary science sessions. Dates flexible. Llangors Primary LD3 7UB. Jude Hurne is eager to host STEM Ambassadors for any of these topics:
Much appreciate volunteers in this small rural school
- Y3 Moving and growing, teeth and healthy eating.
- Y4 Sustainability/ recycling. (Also anything engaging)
- Y5 Light, sound and electricity.
- Y6 Healthy living and nutrition
- Powys. Renewable energy / Biomass/ Wind Turbine session. Llangynidr Primary School Crickhowell NP8 1LU. Teacher Claire Watson is seeking an Ambassador to present workshop or talk on either Renewables, Biomass, Alternative energy.
- Chepstow. Sixth Form transition day. Monday 10 July Chepstow School NP16 1LR. The school invites STEM Ambassadors to deliver sessions at this event. All STEM subjects are welcomed: examples from last year include careers talks, demonstrations, biology, maths, computer science. The event runs 9.15 -3.15pm, or you can offer part of the day. My contact will be Nicola Dutton
- Crickhowell. Senses. Crickhowell Primary. Crickhowell NP8 1DY.
Alison Weaver has requested an STEM Ambassador to help with the current topic 'Senses'
Alison is in need of an Ambassador who can give a talk, short workshop or practical activity relating to either Sound, Taste, Sight, Smell or Touch. Pupils are aged 7, 8 and 9 yrs old. Approximately 20 pupils per class.
- Monmouth – Herefordshire Science Week Activities. 19 – 23 June. Brampton Abbott Ross on Wye HR9 7DE Ambassadors are invited to take part in Brampton Abbots Primary School Science Week. The school want to make the week a special event and are looking for support from STEM Ambassadors to make it memorable for the children.
Ambassadors could deliver a workshop or an activity, talk in assembly to the children or in smaller groups in classes. Topics can include changes, seasons, climate, materials and energy
Pupils are aged 4 – 11 years old. Ambassadors can select year group of choice. My contact is Juliette Kay.