STEM Ambassador Hub Wales Newsletter January 2017
Dear STEM Ambassador

Wishing all STEM Ambassadors a very good New Year, thank you again for superb support in 2016. Every engagement increases pupils’ “science capital”.
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Could I remind STEM Ambassadors to ensure you record or update us with ‘activities’? STEM Ambassadors are recognised with Certificates of achievement for their activities during the year, it would be shame to miss this award due to non recording of activity.
Please take a look at the many exciting requests for January – March 2017
Thank you!
Sian Ashton 
STEM Ambassador coordinator 
STEM Ambassador Hub Wales

Latest STEM news
Ambassadors: STEM Learning Inspiration Awards.

At the House of Lords in November we were excited to have as guests our representative STEM Ambassadors:
Mark Jones (DVLA) Susan Jones (Tata Steel) and Rhea Smith (GE Aviation). The awards recognise dedication and achievement in several categories. Teacher Susan Quirk from Glan Y Mor School Burry Port was nominated and won the The Joan Sjøvoll STEM Leadership Award. 
 Many congratulations to all nominees and to Susan Quirk, several STEM Ambassadors have supported her pupils in projects, competitions and STEM activity.


Primary School STEM Week success.

Oldcastle Primary in Bridgend and Whitchurch Primary Cardiff were supported by many STEM Ambassadors during their STEM weeks in November. Among the sessions at Oldcastle were: Alun Armstrong for Engineering bridge models, Mark Smith Astronomy and Physics, Luke Griffiths (British Airways) Spectrum Technologies and Aberthaw Power arranged site visits. I attended with a chemistry workshop. Teachers had arranged a well hosted visit, older pupils allocated roles as helpers for each Ambassador. Head Teacher Jeremy Thomson said:
Children loved the variety of sessions that were offered and it was satisfying to see children enjoying learning in a stimulating environment.  I can’t thank enough all those that gave up their time to make this such an enjoyable experience for the children. 


Whitchurch Primary STEM Week  hosted 9 STEM Ambassadors with activities ranging from ‘how the medals were made for the Olympics to Sleep patterns, Bridges, Aerospace and Fuel Cars. Teacher Sophie Davies commented
‘I would have all the Ambassadors back in an instant, they were the real difference which made the week a success’

Primary Science Club 

Teachers at Ysgol Y Castell in Caerphilly run a science club each week. Teacher Lowri Jones hosted STEM Ambassador Dr Rob Orford Principal Scientist with Public Health England who is now taking up a post in Wales.

Rob introduced the pupils to heart structure and function. Sheep hearts were used, pupils were allowed to examine a dissected heart using disposable gloves. Rob’s session was handled sensitively and informatively. Teacher Lowri Jones said that this was a huge support in her aims to excite the pupils in the wonders of science. 

CSC conference Cardiff City Stadium.


Over 250 pupils attended a conference at Cardiff City Stadium, the aim to increase uptake of foreign languages. STEM Ambassadors Dr Jon Bloom, Barbara Brown, Alex Persin Hamilton, Javier Sierra and Chris Squire presented their own engaging sessions. Using French to count tar spot on leaves, Spanish in Engineering, French and German in careers, French in Engineering Aviation.
Teacher and pupil feedback was glowing:

Great variety of workshops. Our pupils really enjoyed taking part. ‘I loved it’ 10 / 10, ‘ Awesome’ ‘Perfect for our pupils’

Chris Squire and Jon Bloom delivered keynote speeches. 

Opportunities in schools
North Wales
Bangor. Support at Ocean Sciences Careers Fair Menai Bridge. Wednesday the 15th of March 2017.

Department of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University are running the theme "Sustainable Resources".  In 2015 more than 100 secondary school students visited the event.  The event showcases young students the merits of studying sciences at A-level and in Higher Education.
If you are interested in joining the Careers Fair, please let me know. Either as an event assistant or to showcase a STEM stand.
Additional information will be available nearer the time. Lunch and refreshments provided.  I will forward interest to Katrien Van Landeghem
Holyhead STEM – foreign languages event (expenses paid) Tuesday January 31 2017 Ysgol Caregybi Holyhead Anglesey LL65 1NP.

STEM Ambassadors with skills in French , German or Spanish are needed. Year 9 pupils from 13 schools across Anglesey and Gwynedd will attend - about 200 pupils The event will be a carousel of 30 - 40 minute sessions. STEM Ambassadors will deliver about 5 sessions during the day
Sessions can include careers profiles, interactive language and STEM challenges or any ideas you have to combine STEM and Modern Foreign Languages. North West Wales first experience of this successful project. STEM Ambassadors will be placed in contact with  Gill Mortlock
Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion
STEM – foreign Language session (French or any language) Friday 20 January or Friday 27 January am. Sir Thomas Picton School SA68 2NX. 
Teacher Dianne Howman has heard of the impact that these sessions have from her teaching colleagues. Dianne is seeking a STEM Ambassador to deliver 2 sessions of 1 hour each on either date. Pupils are Year 9, Dianne is keen to make her boy pupils aware of the advantage of a foreign language skill. A first request for Pembrokeshire for STEM – MFL, offers of support gratefully received
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:
 Class One (3 and 4yrs old)
Term 2 - Ourselves
Term 3 – Transport
Class Three (5 and 6 years old)
Term 2 - how humans affect the local environment eg litter, water pollution, noise pollution
Term 3 - How things work - sound and light
Class Four - (7 and 8 years old)
Term 2 - The Sustainable Earth
Term 3 - The Human Body
Class Five - (9 and 10 years old)
Term 2 - Forces/Electricity
Term 3 - Interdependence of Organisms
I will place you in contact with Abbie through
Aberystwyth. Careers Fair Tuesday 28 February 2017  Arts Centre University Aberystwyth SY23 3DE. 
More than 300 KS3 / KS4 pupils from Mid Wales and Ceredigion will attend this event. STEM Ambassadors are requested to showcase many career routes in STEM employment. Apprenticeships to graduate qualifications. Tables and stands provided. I will place you in contact with Rebecca Flanagan through
South Mid and East Wales 
Port Talbot. STEM – Careers and languages day. 27 January Dyffryn Comprehensive Margam, SA13 2SN. 
Carolyn Mainwaring is seeking Ambassadors who can offer sessions on the advantage of a foreign language combined with a STEM qualification at A level or above. Pupils will be Yr 9. Contact
Bridgend. STEM – Spanish session. January 2017. Pencoed Comprehensive South Wales CF35 5LZ.

Teacher Jo Morgan is seeking a STEM Ambassador with Spanish language skills for 2 sessions. Year 9 and Year 10 /11 pupils will attend. Jo wishes to promote the advantage of a foreign language in a STEM career. Pupils are keen to take Spanish at GCSE but have no knowledge of the International aspects of the world of work. They are keen to highlight that STEM can lead to many opportunities with an additional language skill. I shall place you in contact with Jo at
Bridgend. Primary Science Transition day. Tuesday 7 February 2017. Bryntirion Comprehensive Bridgend CF31 4QR. 
Each year the school hosts Year 6 primary pupils, introducing them to science through a series of sessions. They welcome any STEM subject – some practical demo or interactivity is preferable or an interesting talk. 5 Sessions of 30 minutes are scheduled. If you can help please contact me at
Newport. Careers Fayre. Thursday 16 February 2017. Bassaleg School Newport NP10 8NF. Patricia Williams would welcome the attendance of STEM Ambassadors to represent careers in STEM at the event. Details of times will be provided in the next few weeks. The format will be tables / stands in the hall with access to power provided on request. Offers for this event welcome through  
Newport. Autumn – Summer Terms. Primary Science support. St Woolos School Stow Hill. NP20 4DW. Teacher Abi Watkins is keen to welcome STEM Ambassadors who could offer sessions on these topics. Pupils work in classes of 30, some interactive practical would be ideal if possible: 
World of Water Yr 3 & 4
Down in the Woods Yr 4 & 5
Healthy Living Yr 5 & 6
How Does My Body Work Yr 3 &4?
Physics Yr 4 & 5
Water Life Yr 5 & 6
A first request from the school - offers to
Llangorse Brecon. Primary science sessions. Dates flexible. Llangors Primary LD3 7UB. Jude Hurne is eager to host STEM Ambassadors for any of these topics:
  • Y3 Moving and growing, teeth and healthy eating.
  • Y4 Sustainability/ recycling. (Also anything engaging)
  • Y5 Light, sound and electricity.
  • Y6 Healthy living and nutrition
Much appreciate volunteers in this small rural school
Powys. Renewable energy  / Biomass/ Wind Turbine session. January or February Llangynidr Primary School Crickhowell NP8 1LU.

Teacher Claire Watson is seeking an Ambassador to present workshop or talk on either Renewables, Biomass, Alternative energy. Please contact me at
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. Please contact me at
Swansea. STEM curriculum sessions or STEM Club visit. Autumn – Spring. Dates flexible. Ysgol Bryn Tawe Penlan SA5 7BU. Can you assist teacher Rhiannon Williams with a session for her pupils on any of these topics? HT = Half term period

Year 7:
HT4 - STEM HT - about renewable energy
HT5 - Solids Liquids and Gases
HT6 - Mixtures - possibly a forensic police officer???
Year 8
HT4 - Science Week - Topic to be discussed
HT5 - Food
HT6 - Using energy
Year 9
HT4 – Health.
Please contact me at
Llanelli Carmarthenshire Careers & Skills convention Parc Y Scarlets 14 & 15 of March 2017 in partnership with Coleg Sir Gar, the local authority and Welsh Government. 

Up to 4,500 Year 9 Year 10 and Year 12 students are invited. This year we will be able to offer the students more time at the venue so that they can spend more time with each Ambassador / Employer. Home educated and first year undergraduates will also attend. Refreshments and a packed lunch will be provided. Attendance on either day welcome. Book with me at
Sorrell Saturday Club ‘Great British Food Scare’ STEM Ambassador speakers invited:  
Cardiff Metropolitan University, Llandaff Campus, 200 Western Ave, Cardiff CF5 2YB

Do you have an interest in Science, Health and Food?  If so this programme will be fun for you. Speakers are required on Saturday 18th February  10:00am – 1:00pm Saturday 8th April 10:00am – 1:00pm  Saturday 27th May  10:00am – 1:00pm

Ever wondered what happens when there is a major public health outbreak or food scare?   There’s more to it than you might think.  This programme will make you think about the processes that happen and who is involved. What is the public heath response, the lab work that would be undertaken and why; what happens at a food manufacturer to manage a scare and how do they prevent it?   How does the body react to the food we eat and what foods can help and harm our bodies natural defence systems?  The programme will be ‘hands-on’ and interactive including visits to a food manufacturer and a ‘fab lab’. 

My contact will be Natalie Ray. Contact
Cardiff based. Supress the Mess. STEM Ambassadors training and activity 
Suppress the Mess is an educational board game developed by researchers at Cardiff University to enlighten participants about why and how tumours start and develop and how cancer can be treated. Suppress the Mess aims to demystify cancer and start conversations about this common disease that is often seen as a tabooed topic.

To further the development and evaluation of the educational tool, we are seeking STEM ambassadors to take receipt of the game, use the game with their chosen audience and provide extensive feedback to the Suppress the Mess team. 

The game is currently tailored for use with A level students, although we are keen to evaluate its use with a range of audiences. All help would be gratefully received, and you do not need to be an expert in cancer biology. The aim is to develop a self-sufficient educational tool. If you feel you could help please contact me I will place you in contact with Karen Reed
Cardiff. Careers Evening Wednesday 15 March 5.30pm – 8.00pm St David’s College

The College is holding their 3rd STEM Careers Evening on Wednesday 15th March (5:30 PM – 8PM). Teacher Geraint Williams would like to invite STEM Ambassadors from across all STEM areas either to offer a  talk or host a stand. The aims are to broaden the knowledge of STEM careers Volunteer through
Pontypridd Mock Interview sessions Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School Beddau CF38 2AE Year 11 students 
January 2017 Weds 25th / Thurs 26th / Friday 27th 9.30 - 1.15pm  

If you can assist on any day I will place you in contact with Simon Cogan, Deputy Head and Careers Co-ordinator at the school, informing him of your preferred day –Example questions and tips for Interviews are available. Please offer through
Newbridge. Newbridge School NP11 5FR. April / May or June / July. Year 10 talk from local engineers.

Teacher Julia Morgan is seeking Engineers from all backgrounds to deliver a talk on Engineering, Please offer through
Merthyr. Mock Interviews 15 February 9.15am - 3.00pm Bishop Hedley School CF47 9AN.

The school  will be holding Mock Interviews for Yr 11 pupils. STEM Ambassadors are requested to act as interviewers. Example questions and tips for Interviews are available for volunteers. Please offer through
Tonypandy. Space or Geology session. January – March Penygraig Junior School CF40 1LW.

Teacher Michelle Francis is seeking a STEM Ambassador for sessions on Space (any aspect) or Geology. Her pupils are KS2 aged 7 – 10 years. They need 3 or 4 sessions for all he classes to be involved. Some practical workshop would be ideal. . Please offer through
Lab in a Lorry across Wales. STEM Ambassadors offered travel expenses. Autumn Schedule. One of the most popular STEM activities, Lab in a Lorry, will be in need of STEM Ambassadors at these schools. You will be trained before the sessions begin. All experiments are KS3 level. For more about the Lab:
Select your preferred school and date.
  • January 10 & 11 Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan Abergele LL22 7HE
  • January 18 – 20  Archbishop McGrath High School, Oak Tree Way, Bridgend, CF31 2DN
  • January 24 & 25 Swansea Bay Campus, Fabian Way, Swansea, SA1 8EN.
  • February 8 & 9 Castell Alun High Hope LL12 9PY
  • February 14 & 15 Coedcae Comprehensive School, Trostre Road, Llanelli, SA15 1LJ.
  • February  16 Llanidloes High School Powys SY 18 6EX
  • March 7, 8 & 9 Sir Thomas Picton Haverfordwest SA61 3NX
  • March 14 & 15 Hub event Bangor University Deniol Road LL57 2TQ
  • March 1 Hub event Coleg Menai Anglesey LL77 7HY
  • March 28, 29 & 30 Cardiff Hgh School Cardiff CF23 6WG
I’ll place you in contact with James Bamford at
IOP Awards recognise and reward excellence in people and teams who have made outstanding and exceptional contributions to physics. The call for nominations for the 2017 Awards is now open until 31 January 2017.
  • The new Lise Meitner Medal and Prize for distinguished contributions to public engagement within physics.   
  • The Mary Somerville Medal and Prize for exceptional early career contributions to public engagement within physics.
Nominate at  If you have any questions about the nomination process or the changes to the awards programme please contact  
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