Dear Ambassadors

The STEM Ambassador programme continues to offer all Ambassadors opportunities to maintain their valued support for young people, teachers and communities.
Across the STEM Ambassador network you will find many opportunities  to keep your profile active. You can also record any STEM events you take part in through your own employer, University or personal contact. Activities are offered as virtual events and a few slowly taking place in schools according to Risk Assessment guidance and Alert level

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STEM Ambassador opportunities




Being the best for your online presence with Helen Reardon 

How do you improve your STEM engagement online? Ask an Impact Specialist!
Helen is a communication professional, TEDx speaker, a career spanning from Lecturer, Sustainable Development Officer to Chair of Gender Equality

Helen produced a superb well structured training session for Ambassadors.
55 Ambassadors joined in from across the network, most in Wales but others from as far as Scotland
It included
• Development of personal presenter skills
• Interactivity online
• Assessing audience needs
• Improving your use of online platforms 
• Safeguarding online
• Use of Menti and interactive tools

Feedback was tremendous:

‘What a valuable session - I'm SO pleased I was a participant.’
‘It was really insightful!’
‘this has been so beneficial!’
‘Excellent session. thank you’

Helen is hoping to run another session – by popular demand!

Polytunnel goes Digital at Garway Primary 


STEM Ambassador Matthew Macdonald Wallace is a Senior Consultant at Contino a leading international digital transformation consultancy.

Matthew’s recent achievement was to assist a small rural school – Garway Primary in Herefordshire, exploring data in an engaging way pupils would to study plant growth using the construction of a Tektelic Agriculture Sensor in a polytunnel

With collaborative support from Head Teacher Julie Jones the project was an immense success. Matthew’s project write up is here and summarised below

When I approached Garway Primary School about installing a Tektelic Agriculture Sensor in the polytunnel used to teach children about plant growth, the school leapt at the chance to get involved.

Miss Julie Jones, head teacher at Garway School, said

 “The opportunity that this project provides to our children is incredibly exciting. We already have a strong ethos around teaching our children about environmental responsibility in our role as an Eco School, and being able to have the children analyse the data that supports and increases that commitment is a fantastic addition to our curriculum.”

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CAER Heritage Hidden Hillfort Project Innovation award

The project is a collaboration between ACE & Cardiff University which works with local people and schools to discover and uncover the amazing 6,000 year heritage of Caerau & Ely. 

STEM Ambassador staff and students at Cardiff University School of Archaeology lead this very successful initiative. 

The team are working with 3 local primary school pupils and teachers toarchaeological test pits in school grounds and create an exhibition for a new Hidden Hillfort Heritage Centre at Caerau Hillfort

STEM Ambassadors Dr Dave Wyatt and Ollie Davis are project Directors and recently won an award for their work over the lockdown last year Innovative archaeology in the time of the pandemic - News - Cardiff University

The ‘Big Dig’ asked community members around the Hillfort to conduct a ‘mini dig’ in their gardens. Their finds would be identified and examined by professional archaeologists.

‘Cupboard Archaeology’ involved a class of yr 5 pupils and 39 families uncovering the past by looking at ‘buried treasures’ in their homes

CAER Big Dig 2 will take place this Summer - with cross curricular learning outcomes and resources.
There is an exciting future anticipated where pupils and families learn about the rich heritage from the past on their doorsteps - with STEM Ambassadors


Maths is Magic
By Rakhee Dhorajiwala

Do you think maths is magic? Many pupils (and adults!) still struggle with mathematics and the general consensus is that you ‘need to be clever to enjoy it’. 
Alan Jackson has used his expertise in statistics and magic to develop an interactive workshop to make mathematics more accessible and interesting. Aimed at upper Key Stage 2 to secondary pupils, this workshop can be adapted to suit a range of abilities. They can be self-contained sessions, perhaps spanning a few weeks, or for a full focus day.
The sessions revolve around focusing on one number from 1-10 at a time to look at them in detail. Helping pupils to understand numbers through interesting facts and puzzles help to remove the fear and anxiety often present in maths lessons. 
The workshop had some great feedback at the end of the session, including enthusiasm for adapting it for games and quizzes using Kahoot etc. 

Looking for ET in A Water Butt!

STEM Ambassador Jon laver introduced an audience of Teachers and STEM Ambassadors to a fabulous Space activity for KS 2 – 3 pupils.

In the 30 minute session Jon demonstrated a project exploring meteorites on Earth.

Pupils collect rain water in a clean bucket. When they have sufficient water they ‘fish’ for meteorite particles using a small magnet on a string. Meterorites can be examined using a good magnifying lens or school microscope.

Teachers attended from as far away as Northern Ireland and are starting projects with pupils based on the activity

Jon’s next session is ‘Space Trek’ on June 9th followed by ET again in July!


STEM Ambassador opportunities




STEM Ambassador virtual lunch with new Ambassadors

  • Friday 11th June 12pm – 12.45pm
  • Wednesday 30th June 12pm – 12.45pm

Can you share your experience to support new Ambassadors in the programme? 
Many new Ambassadors have lacked the opportunities to meet pupils face to face in classrooms or join a public event.


Developing Workplace activities for use in schools. 
9th June 4pm – 6pm

Webinar hosted by West Midlands Hub with Dr Martin Khechara and members of the University of Wolverhampton STEM Outreach team as they share their ideas and experience of creating activities for use in schools from conception, safety, curriculum, Gatsby benchmarks and the design and refinement of workshops.


NEON and Tomorrows Engineers
Webinar for Ambassadors 16th June 4pm – 5pm

'Help the teachers you support discover brilliant engineering experiences.

Dan Powell from EngineeringUK will give a guided tour of the Neon platform, followed by a discussion about how you could use Neon to support the teachers you work with.'





STEM Ambassadors working in sport and exercise required for STEM Clubs Week

STEM Clubs Week 2021 runs from 21 - 25 June and is on the theme of Sport and Exercise. The daily themes are: 

  • Technology, performance analysis and match stats;
  • Health, well-being and sport psychology; 
  • Anatomy, physiology and biomechanics; 
  • Sport role models and the importance of fitness in other careers.

We are seeking STEM Ambassadors working in a field related to any of these themes, to record a short talk (max 5/6 minutes) about what they do, how it relates to sport and exercise, why their role is important, their route into this job, what knowledge, skills and attributes they need to do their job, and end by setting the students a challenge or activity related to their job. Ambassadors can sign up and find out more information here.


Tales of the Unexpected (by STEM Ambassadors)

3 Ambassador tales of approximately 10 mins 

Seeking Ambassadors interested in volunteering their experiences

STEM Ambassadors sometimes have to think on their feet to overcome the unexpected in their engagements with school or public audience.
An activity that doesn’t work out, a session that seems to be falling flat, nothing is quite as you planned or were told. 
We can all benefit from shared experience and discuss how to resolve problems when confronted with the Unexpected.


Snapshot activities
Dates / times tbc

Do you have a short activity or demo to share with fellow Ambassadors?

In these snapshot sessions STEM Ambassadors will demonstrate a very short activity with explanation suitable for pupil audiences. If you don’t have a practical demo online you can share photos, slides or video of your sessions.

STEM Ambassador survey on Curriculum for Wales 

The Welsh Government are keen to receive responses to this survey on how the new curriculum for Wales can be supported by careers and workrelated experiences. 

 Responses to the consultation are required by July 16.  The final document will be published in December 2021.




Space Trek
Wednesday 9th June 4pm – 4.30pm

STEM Ambassador Jon Laver introduces a Space Activity for primary and KS3 pupils. During the session Jon presents a guide to travelling through the Solar System and Space with some humorous content!


Financial Foundations workshops for secondary schools
Thursday 10th June 4pm – 5pm

Confidence in managing finance is a key skill for all pupils and an important pillar of the curriculum, including health and wellbeing.

STEM Ambassadors from Nat West will introduce you to their workshops covering year groups in Secondary Schools.
STEM Ambassadors will gain insight into a workshop offered to engage secondary pupils and can promote these to their local contacts


Spotlight on CGI: Innovating Careers for students
Tuesday 15th June 4pm – 5pm

CGI is among the largest IT and business consulting services firms in the world, offering end-to-end IT services and IP-based solutions for government and industry clients. With 6000 members across the UK, CGI have 21 offices, including Bridgend and St Asaph in Wales.

 This session will cover an introduction to CGI, our EmployABILITY programme and an overview of our Apprentice Programmes. We currently offer Higher and Degree Apprenticeship opportunities in Wales and have been ranked as a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer.

Energyquest events: guest Ambassador Engineers speak online

June 18th at 1pm, Syr Thomas Jones, Amlwch 
June 28th at 10.30, Crickhowell  
June 30th at 10.30, Crickhowell

Energyquest is running a series of events with schools in Wales
This is an opportunity for students to ask you questions about your current role and
your pathway into engineering
You join the class online then answer a few simple questions:

  1. Introduce your self (first name only)
  2. Brief description of your work / research
  3. Share what inspired you to become an engineer and the route you took 

Judging a Competition for First Lego League

June 22nd 24th and 25th (day of choice)

Welsh speaker on one day 
Online (2 or 4 hour slots)

The First Lego league requires teams of primary pupils to explore a given topic and design, build and program an autonomous LEGO® robot to solve a series of missions.

At the Finals Judges will rotate around 4 themes for the schools: Design, Innovation, Build and the video produced by the teams

Teams from Willowtown, Ysgol Bro Lleu, Dyffryn Nantlle, Henry Tudor, Lliswerry and Baladeulyn will be taking part

Mock Interviews 30th June
Year 12 Ystalyfera School

Ystalyfera school are holding mock interviews (digitally via Teams ) on the 30th June. 

Year 12 class  are following a Public Services course.  As part of their qualification they have to undertake a mock interview.  

The Employer would be assisting them would be assisting them with their course work, as well as preparing them for the world of work.

Careers in Health: online webinar with parents 

From 5.45pm – 8pm

30th June Welsh medium speakers
1st July English Medium

Careers Wales North are hosting a live event for parents of year 8 secondary pupils 
STEM Ambassadors with careers in Healthcare will offer a 10 minute presentation on their work and career.

Great Science Share June 15th 7pm – 8pm

Share an idea or talk about something you’ve done online with a school – book your interest here or just listen on the night
Both will count as Activties!

Magic of Maths in Numeracy Wednesday 7th July 4pm

STEM Ambassador Alan Jackson introduces a series of fun activities in Maths for primary and secondary pupils


The Code: introduction to a new pledge for Employers and Organisations 
With Tomorrow’s Engineers 
July 14th 4pm – 5pm

Launched in October 2020, the Tomorrow’s Engineers Code is a commitment to work towards common goals to increase the diversity and number of young people entering engineering careers. 

Any organisation with UK operations that funds, designs and/or delivers engineering-inspiration activities is invited to become a Signatory and it’s free to become a member of this community. In this session we will hear from EngineeringUK (who are hosting and managing the delivery of the Code) about The Code and why it exists, the individual pledges and some ideas of how you can work towards meeting these. 

You will also receive access to the resources available to help Signatories to meet their pledges and understand how you can get started / involved.