Dear STEM Ambassador
We approach the end of another successful School Year for STEM Ambassador engagement and to celebrate achievement may I draw your attention to the STEM Inspiration Awards that are now open – where nominations will be welcome, you can also nominate yourself or an employer. The closing date is 14 September.
Please don’t forget to update any activities that have not been recorded on your profile, or contact me for assistance. You may find some past activities are missing pre-2017, this is due to a delay in data transfer to the new website, rest assured they are not lost and should be restored in the next few weeks!
STEM Ambassadors are encouraged to work together for school visits with heavy schedule, an example was a very successful day at St Michael’s Primary where Allan Reid was joined by Jeff Webb and Karl Jones for a marathon workshop of Bloodhound SSC design and build.
Teachers Mrs Gates and Mrs Davies and all the children thanked Jeff, Karl and Allan for a very enjoyable, constructive, and interesting educational experience. Article to follow next month!
From little acorns to
Greenpower Goblins Race to the Finish!
The products of 5 months work by Primary pupils in South Wales were showcased at the Renishaws Greenpower Goblin event on Saturday June 9th. Pupils had been building sustainable electric kit cars mentored by STEM Ambassadors or engineers. Yr 5 & 6 pupils worked on the build in teams, driving the cars through drag races, chicanes, circuits and assessed for sustainable design, engineering knowledge and team work.
This is a fantastic and inspiring opportunity for schools. STEM Ambassadors Bob Love and Ben Mason supervised Edwardsville Primary (Quakers Yard) and St Philip Evans (Cardiff) respectively.
Renishaw Miskin STEM Ambassador team acted as judges, guides, circuit builders and safety guards at the event.
Primary Schools at the finals were: Caedraw, Croesty, Llanilltud, Millfield, Nantymoel, St Julians, St Philip Evans, Ysgol Gyradd Tonyrefail, and Edwardsville.
Nottage Primary were overall winners. All teams had additional points for Portfolios
St Philip Evans has an additional award for Greenest Bodywork. Edwardsville for Best Presented Team.
The testimony from the teachers, pupils and STEM Ambassadors was overwhelmingly high:
“In 30 years of teaching I have never seen pupils so inspired and engaged in a project. The project has made an impact on their learning associated with the curriculum. Next year it will be a fixture in the timetable”
Mr Davies Headteacher Edwardsville Primary
"Bob was superb, we would never had completed the project without him" Catherine Price Science Coordinator
“This has been the best year I have ever had in school” Jack yr 6 Edwardsville
“Pupils were excellent, well behaved and worked really hard on the project” Ben Mason mentoring St Philip Evans Primary
STEM and Archaeology – a successful partnership
STEM Ambassador Poppy Hodkinson has been working with 5 primary schools in Cardiff to develop a new workshop: STEM and Archaeology.
Poppy asked STEM Ambassador Coordinator Sian Ashton to source the schools and teacher interest. A draft of the project was sent to teachers.
Following interviews with teachers, Poppy developed the workshop matching key curricular topics (graphs, investigation, discussion, critical analysis,) with the Scientific principles of Archaeology. ‘You Are What You Eat’ covers Isotopes, Food Chains, Strontium maps and Nutrition.
Sian Ashton SA Coordinator attended a session at St Peter’s Primary, the teacher response was overwhelmingly positive and an immediate request for return in June was made.
Poppy is conducting evaluation interviews with all teachers involved.
Sian arranged a meeting with Poppy and Community Archaeologist Keith Edge in Neath Port Talbot. The workshop is now planned to be run at Groes Primary School Margam. Plans are also in progress to run the workshop at a Country Park where schools and community groups will be invited to a STEM – Archaeology day.
‘This workshop ticks so many boxes: it was inclusive and stimulating for pupils. We as teachers learned a new way of teaching a hard topic such as Isotopes and graphs!’ Mr Wild (Yr 6 Teacher)
Wet weather on a sunny day for New Inn Pupils
STEM Ambassador, Steve Hoselitz introduced the Water Cycle to Foundation Phase pupils at New Inn Primary, Pontypool. The half day session began with an assembly asking pupils to think about the weather in relation to where they live in Wales. This was followed by an interactive workshop where pupils created their own ‘weather in a bag’. They ﬁlled a bag with a small amount of water, which was placed on a windowsill to demonstrate evaporation, condensation, clouds and rain.
Steve commented, ‘This is the youngest selection of pupils who have taken part in the workshop and they showed a lot of enthusiasm’.
Mrs Harris the Year One teacher said, ‘The children were really interested and they remembered lots from the assembly that Steve gave’.
One reception pupil commented: ‘I hope it isn’t going to rain too much, I haven’t got an umbrella!
Partnerships Officer Heidi Purnell
Sea birds, South Africa and Bird sick
Crickhowell Primary pupils were treated to a fascinating insight into the role of Cardiﬀ University researchers this month. Dr Renata Medeiros and Dr Rob Thomas, both STEM Ambassadors, oﬀered to give a talk about their work as senior lecturers at the University.
The pupils got a hands-on experience in the classroom, as they learnt about the diﬃcult task of monitoring the European Storm Petrel - the smallest Atlantic seabird. Weighing just 25g (the same as 3 one pound coins).
During the talk the Year 5 and 6 pupils heard and imitated the sound of the tiny bird vomiting food to feed its chick. They also found out how the Storm Petrels communicate and navigate the seas around the UK and migrate all the way to South Africa each winter.
Mrs Witherstone said after the talk, ‘It has made me want to go and ﬁnd out more about the Storm Petrel - I have so many questions following Renata and Rob’s excellent talk’.
Renata commented ‘The pupils were so enthusiastic, I could tell they were really enjoying handling the equipment we use, and had so many questions about the Storm Petrels
Partnerships Officer Heidi Purnell
National Eisteddfod Science and Technology Pavilion
3 – 11 August Roald Dahl Plass Cardiff CF10 4PZ
- Support on any day for as much time as you can spare. Welsh speakers not essential for the stand.
- Training provided on the day
- The main objective of this pavilion is to showcase science and STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to people from all ages.
- We hope to inspire children and youngsters to consider a career in STEM and to increase the take-up of STEM subjects – through the medium of Welsh if they wish
Greenpower Goblins need your help!
STEM Ambassadors from any part of Wales are eagerly sought by Primary Schools to assist with next years’ projects.
Pupils will be working in teams to build and race electric kit cars:
If you can offer a role as a mentor please get in touch with Ciara Doyle Wales Regional Officer for the Greenpower Trust
‘Creative Pathways’ High School career fair
Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama 20 November (10am to 2:30pm).
This is the third year of Careers Wales event. Both previous years have been really successful with Year 10, 11 and 6th Form pupils from schools in Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, Bridgend, RCT and Merthyr attending. This year we are opening it up to schools in Caerphilly and Newport too.
This year we have a digital theme with a zone specifically for creative digital employers.. Click here for film of 2016 event at Wales Millennium Centre. They hope Ambassadors who work in the creative sector will be interested in attending.
You’ll get the opportunity to indicate what type of engagement you’d like your Ambassadors to be involved in (class talks, pupil visits, assembly talks, career fairs etc) and what geographical area you’d like to cover. Teachers at the schools will indicate that they’d like to engage with your company; people doing my job role will get the notification and check with you if you’d like to be involved.
'Inspire the world with science'
ITV are looking for scientists and researchers to tell us what they do and why it's important for a new section in our magazine (Here is our current issue - http://www.itvscience.com/magazine-issue-1-may-2018/)
If you or anyone you know would like to be featured in the 10 seconds of Fame section (or even a larger interview if your research would be compelling to readers) please contact Cameron Costigan with a brief under 100 words, and a photo too :)
DVLA Code Challenge 2018.
The 2018 competition is now launched across Wales! Fabulous prizes on offer for schools.
Please spread the news to any school contacts (Primary and Secondary). You may be parent or have links with local schools. The website address is the same as last year:
It holds all the information schools need to register for the competition, how to enter and the themes, there is also a downloadable A5 Flyer!
This year both Primary and Secondary schools are eligible: there will be two competitions running side by side – one for the 7-11 year olds and the other for the 11-14 year old.
All themes are open to all age groups, the only difference is, that the 7-11 year olds can only use SCRATCH (same as last year), but the 11-14 year olds may choose any language they wish.
Closing date for entries is midnight on 12 October 2018
Dragons Den Panel; workshops; exhibits; Q & A panel. Your Green Future Powys Tuesday 25th or Wednesday 26th September
Cefn Lea Park Newtown
STEM Ambassadors are needed for Dragons Den Panel; workshops; exhibits; Q & A panel.
Either day and any activity are optional – any STEM background is welcome. You do not have to be an environmental scientist
Each event brings together over 250 students and 50 business professionals who work together in a series of interactive workshops, using STEM knowledge and skills in developing practical solutions to a range of sustainability-related issues.
For details please see http://www.yourgreenfuture.org.uk/how-it-works/
The Royal Society of Biology Outreach and Engagement Awards will be closing for applications in under a month.
The Awards aim to reward outreach work carried out by researchers who inform, enthuse and engage with different audiences. The Awards are open to scientists working in any sector of UK biosciences, from universities, institutes or industry. There are two award categories each with a cash prize: New Researcher (£750) and Established Researcher (£1500).
Applications close on 29th June. For more information and to apply, please visit the Society’s website: http://www.rsb.org.uk/outreach-awards
Bring your badge to work- get involved
Our STEM Ambassadors bring you badge to work campaign is officially underway and we’d like you to get involved.
There are three £50 Amazon vouchers up for grabs and we’re looking forward to seeing some really innovative posts!
Save a Life: Learn CPR
On Tuesday 16 October 2018, to mark the World-Wide Restart a Heart Day, they will be coordinating the training of thousands of students across secondary schools in Wales. Last year, with the help of secondary schools, staff and volunteers, we were able to train more than 10,500 students in 53 schools across Wales.
If someone suffers a cardiac arrest, their chances of survival double if it happens in front of a bystander who immediately starts CPR before our arrival.
Sign up to register your school or to register as a volunteer for the day and help us to train even more students in this lifesaving skill in 2018!
Cardiff: National Eisteddfod Science and Technology Pavilion
3 – 11 August Roald Dahl Plass
Cardiff CF10 4PZ
- Support on any day for as much time as you can spare. Welsh speakers not essential for the stand.
- Training provided on the day
- The main objective of this pavilion is to showcase science and STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to people from all ages. We hope to inspire children and youngsters to consider a career in STEM and to increase the take-up of STEM subjects – through the medium of Welsh if they desire.
Pontyclun Theme Park Science
Caerphilly : Enterprise STEM week 2 – 6 July
- Teacher Rhian Morgan has been working with pupils on design for Theme Park rides
- She would like to move on to the Physics and Forces involved in Theme Parks: roller coasters, carousels, etc
- Pupils are Yr 6 (9- 10 yrs old) 60 pupils in the year group.
- A talk or activity would be excellent
- Teacher Nicola Pakham is organising a STEM enterprise week.
- She is seeking STEM Ambassadors from a variety of backgrounds to talk about their work
- Sessions would be 30 mins – 50 mins
- Nicola is also interested in female role models in the workplace
Cardiff STEAM week at Roath Park Primary 9 – 13 July (any day)
Roath Park Primary School
- Teacher Sandi Burnett is running activities during the week combining STEM with Arts and Creativity together
- She is hoping to inspire pupils with ideas brining Art in Maths, Creative themes in Science (molecule shapes, ice crystals – all ideas would be welcome)
- Sandi is happy to explore all options
Barry: Science Council support & KS2 sessions
Gladstone Primary School
- Teacher Stefan Hicks is seeking STEM Ambassador support for KS2
- The school would welcome either:
- A Discussion with Science Council
- Workshop activities for KS2
- 30 pupils per class and 2 classes in each year group
- Dates can be set to suit your availability
Cardiff: Site visits to local places
St Peters Primary
Cardiff: Science for Year 5
- 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.
- Teacher Karl Redding is keen to host a STEM Ambassador session.
- Topics can be anything from Space - Nature - Human Body - Engineering and the World around us.
- The session / workshop can be from 1 hour to half day as suits your session
Cardiff: Marshfied Girl Guide Session
Marshfield Village Hall
- Guide Leader Ruth is seeking STEM Ambassador visits for the Autumn term
- Sessions can be on any topic
- An interactive or practical element is welcomed
- 22 guides attend each week, sessions last about 1 – 1 ½ hrs
Bridgend Mock Interviews
STEM Ambassadors would be valued as interviewers in these schools. If you can assist please copy me into a message to Hannah Stephens
- Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen (Bridgend) 2nd, 3rd & 4th July
- Cowbridge Comprehensive 9th, 10th & 11th July
- Porthcawl Comprehensive 16th & 17th July
Rhondda Cynon Taf: Ecology workshop support
Yr 9 & 10
- Teacher Leana Stansfield is planning to run workshops on ecology
- These may include pond dipping, lichen survey, soil or sampling using quadrats
- Initially Leana and her colleagues would like a discussion with STEM Ambassadors on the content of the session
- Further assistance is optional
Merthyr Tydfil: STEM Week date to be confirmed late June
Pantysgallog Primary School
- Teacher Craig Lynch will be pleased to hear from STEM Ambassadors who can offer a session during Science Week.
- Craig would be pleased for all offers of support - any topic would be welcome Interactive or demonstrations of particular interest
Porth: Careers events Porth School 16 & 18 July
Rhian Thomas is organising a 2 day careers event with the school, If you help with either day I shall forward your offer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Employer fair Monday 16 July 9.45am - 1.45pm
Porth County School
Mock Interviews Wednesday 18 July
- 6 employers required to deliver a presentation to 3 different groups of pupils about their organization /sector (the skills/qualifications required, different job roles, apprenticeships etc).
- Pupils will be split into 6 groups and each group will carousel around 3 different employers.
- Each session will be 40 mins long
- Interview questions will be supplied for STEM Ambassadors
Rhondda: Mock Interviews Coleg Y Cymoedd Wednesday 18 July 8.45am – 1.45pm
Coleg Y Cymoedd
- Interviews to be conducted with 16 yrs old students
- Information on how to conduct a Mock Interview is available
Merthyr Tydfil: Microbes and Food
Cyfarthfa Primary School
- Teacher Rich Price is seeking an Ambassador to cover the topic ‘Food Glorious Food’
- He would particularly like a session on Microbes and Bacteria
- Any date can be selected Summer Term.
- Offers forwarded to email@example.com
Merthyr Tydfil: Trelewis Science sessions
The school was not able to run a Science Week in March, and don’t want the pupils to miss the experience
Human Body, Technology, Engineering topics, and many others
- Teacher Jonathan Keefe is seeking any STEM topic sessions.
- You can offer for any age groups 5yrs - 10 yrs old, and all topics will be accepted.
- Pupils are studying Space, Electricity, Light, Sound, Environment, Habitat,
Bargoed: STEM - French
Lewis Boys School
- Ffion McCarthy wishes to organise a session for year 8 boys about the importance of learning French with STEM subjects.
- They aim raise pupils awareness of the importance of language learning and working in a STEM environment
- This is an all boys secondary school based in Pengam
Computer Science applications.
Lewis School Pengam
- Teacher David Eyles is very keen to host STEM Ambassadors talks or workshop on Computer Science. He is flexible on dates.
- A large number of pupils are keen on gaming, programming and general application in careers.
- Please contact if you can support.
Cardiff. Science Cafe: talks or general attendance at Cardiff evening meetings
Please contact Sri to offer a talk or just turn up at the next meeting!
Sri Ponnusamy welcomes STEM Ambassadors to give a short talk or just to attend in support at Science Cafes Cardiff.
- Meeting at Porters Bar Bute Terrace CF10 2FE, for a social gathering first Tuesday evening of each month. For the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. .
Chepstow Sixth Form Skills Day Monday 19 July
Newport: STEM Visits Crindau Primary School
- Teacher Nicola Dutton is seeking speakers for the annual skills day
- All year 12 will attend including Arts, Humanities, languages and STEM
Rhymney: Habitats for KS1 any dates Summer Term
- Teacher Medi James and colleagues were delighted with the Summer Term STEM Ambassador visits
- The school would love to host STEM Ambassadors in the Autumn Term
- All topics are welcome and the dates can be arranged to suit your schedule
Idris Davies School
- Teacher Danielle Self is seeking STEM Ambassadors who could offer a session on Habitats (plant or animal) for KS 1 pupils.
- Pupils are 4yrs – 6yrs old
- Any dates this term
Newport: Ditch the Dirt project
Clytha Primary School
- Teacher Jade Jones and her KS2 pupils are starting the new STEM Challenge on Clean Water.
- The project covers the importance and technology behind filtration, sieving and how dirty water can be made clean
- They would value a STEM Ambassador to visit the project and provide some advice / insight
Newport. Rhiwderin Brownie group Science / Engineering session
Any Wednesday 5.30pm – 6.30pm.
- Pack leader Sam is seeking STEM Ambassadors (particularly female) for a visit to their group. They would love to hear your career story.
- If you can bring something interesting for them – a demo or activity that would be great.
- I will forward offers to Sam.
Caldicot: STEM workshops
Ysgol Y Ffin
- STEM Ambassadors are always welcome to offer visits / after school Club sessions at the school
- This is a Welsh Medium School where Welsh is preferred for KS1 but English or Welsh welcome for KS2
- The school will also be hosting a family Saturday event – details to follow – STEM Ambassadors welcomed
Caerphilly: After school or lunchtime Club visit (Welsh medium).
Ysgol Gymraeg Trelyn.
- Liz Owen is eager to host STEM Ambassadors. KS2 pupils are covering topics on Playing with Physics (yrs 3/4) and Energy Light & Sound (yrs5/6)
- If you can offer a one hour session 3.30 -4.30 or a lunchtime visit
- Any dates next term will be great.
Swansea: STEM Ambassador sessions / Club visit
Cadle Primary School
- Science Coordinator Jamie Davies is seeking STEM Ambassador Sessions for his pupils
- The school is in a deprived area and pupils lack interesting science experience outside their school curriculum
- Jamie would welcome STEM Club visits or a session of your choice at any time during the term.
Swansea: Skills Weeks 6 – 13 July. Inspiring Girls in STEM talk
- Teacher Rebecca Cassels would appreciate STEM Ambassador support for either:
- Skills week (day of choice). A STEM Ambassador session for a whole year group (100 pupils) talk or presentation.
- Skills week – 5 sessions for a class of students practical activity
- A discussion / session for Yr 8 girls disengaged with STEM.
Llanelli Schools Mock Interviews
STEM Ambassadors are very welcome as Interviewers at these schools. Your role will be to review the pupil’s CV and provide feedback on Interview Skills. Mock Interview questions will be provided.
- 4th and 5th of July (9am-3pm) Coedcae School SA15 1LJ
- 5th and 6th of July (9am-3pm) Bryngwyn
- 9th and 10th of July St John Lloyd (9am-3.30pm)
My contact is Aled Williams at Careers Wales West
Cardigan: Cluster STEM event Monday 9 July
- Lee Burrows Leader of Learning at ERW is organizing a STEM day for teachers and school students.
- Activities will include a series of workshops
- Lee is seeking a STEM Ambassador (s) who could offer an introductory talk on your STEM Ambassador role followed by any STEM workshop of your choice
- Your workshop would run several times during the day
- Please copy me into a message to Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gowerton : Mock Interviews 19 or 20 June
- STEM Ambassadors will interview pupils giving feedback on CVs and interview skills
- Any hours you can spare from 9am – 3pm
- Sample questions and guidance available
Gower: STEM Club visit any Wednesday Summer / Autumn Term
- Calling all Scientists and Engineers
- Pennard Primary are eager to host STEM Ambassadors at the lunchtime Club
- Years 3 – 6 attend (6-10 years old)
- Demonstrations or hands on activities very welcome
Swansea: STEM – FRENCH – SPANISH
Dylan Thomas School
- Teacher Lucy Griffin is seeking a STEM Ambassador with French or Spanish language skill
- Yr 7 pupils study Spanish with French introduced in Yr 8
- The session would be focussed on Careers but with Maths/ Science/ Engineering /Tech with modern foreign languages.
- Chances to use language skills not only abroad but also in Wales
- Many of her students are from a quite insular background, low socio-economic status, many with lower literacy skills than the national average.
- Ideally 4 sessions with a lunch break between sessions
This would be a great opportunity for these pupils as they have less contact to STEM professionals.
Newtown: Your Green Future Powys
Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th September 2018
Cefn Lea Conference Centre and Holiday Park,
STEM Ambassador support has been requested as:
- Dragons Den panel
Your Green Future events are green careers events where students can find out about the range of employment opportunities available within the green economy locally and the training pathways towards these careers.
Each event brings together over 250 students and 50 business professionals who work together in a series of interactive workshops, using STEM knowledge and skills in developing practical solutions to a range of sustainability-related issues. Students also attend a career pathways exhibition where they interact with employers and education providers to explore the diverse range of employment opportunities available within the ‘green economy’ locally and the training paths available to support them on this journey.
For details on each of the workshops, please see http://www.yourgreenfuture.org.uk/how-it-works/
Brecon Primary science sessions. Dates flexible.
Teacher Meg is eager to host STEM Ambassadors for any of these topics:
Much appreciate volunteers in this small rural school
- Rainforests year 3
- Sea and Marine Life – year 4
- Sustainability – year 5
Crickhowell : STEM sessions
Llangynidr Primary School
- Teacher Claire Watson is seeking an Ambassador to present workshop or talk on any STEM topic.
- Interactive interesting topics welcome
Brockweir Soapbox Derby. Autumn 2018 STEM Ambassador support / judges roles
Community groups and pupils will be their home built racing cars in a ‘Design a Sustainable Kart’ race
- The winning team will have to demonstrate how their Kart is eco friendly.
- Teams will have to think through Sustainability demonstrating how the lifecycle of the Kart meets with cyclical design.
- An award for the most Sustainable Kart will be given at the end of the race.
- The next race date will be in the autumn of 2018
Bangor STEM at St Gerards Primary any dates after half term
St Gerards Primary
- Teacher Tamzin Pritchard is seeking STEM Ambassadors to visit the pupils either at the school or at their STEM Club
- Tamzin has been delighted with the impact of previous STEM Ambassador visits
Holywell STEM sessions - all dates available this term
Ysgol Maes Y Felin
Llandudno Code Club Support (or STEM session in general)
- Teacher Tamsin is seeking sessions for Foundation, Yr 1 / Yr 2 pupils
- Next term they are inspiring pupils with 'Reach for the Stars' which is to raise aspirations and goals
- All STEM topics would be welcome and some interactive elements will be important
- The school are seeking a Code Club supporter or a session on STEM in general.
- If you can help I shall place you in contact with Adam Davies email@example.com
Oswestry: STEM Ambassador Careers Talk sessions June 29
The Marches School
Meg Murphy is seeking STEM Ambassadors to deliver a 45 minute careers talk for 250 Year 10 pupils
Time of session: 8.45am – 9.30pm
All STEM backgrounds are welcomed!