A very pleasing news item to pass on this month: Wales STEM Ambassadors can claim to have blazed the trail in the STEM – Foreign Languages project. The project has made such an impact that London STEMnet has now been inspired to launch it in their region, following STEM Ambassador Jana Witt’s relocation to London.
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They have secured the European Commission Offices to hold a Launch Event, at which 30 London STEM Ambassadors will be showcased to take the project into schools in the London area.
For those not familiar with the STEM-MFL project, this is being delivered by STEM Ambassadors with Foreign Language skills in a series of workshops and talks where the impact of international communications in STEM Research and Business is promoted to pupils.
STEM Ambassadors in both North and South Wales have provided excellent delivery and it is their success that has enabled London Stemnet move forward with the enterprise. Here Susan Jones of Tata Steel is shown at Ysgol Gyfun Gwr presenting a workshop combining her Engineering Career with her skills in French (and Welsh!)
Any STEM Ambassador who wishes to take part in the scheme please make contact!
TeenTech Cymru was once again a formidable success at Swansea Liberty Stadium in the South West and at Techniquest Glyndwr University in the North East. TeenTech is led by BBC presenter and founder Maggie Philbin.
Students spent the day taking part in a variety of showcase experiments and interactive sessions with a wide representation from STEM organisations and businesses.
STEM Ambassadors were also valuable hosts to pupil groups, with each Ambassador being assigned to a small team of pupils providing guidance, encouragement and focus to the experience.
The event was a testimony to excellent co-ordination, showcasing some strong STEM Ambassador engagement in STEM communication and delivery. I was lucky to attend the Swansea event – a great day, as illustrated by the following STEM Ambassador exhibits (clockwise from top left):
- SPECIFIC Baglan Bay Materials Live: Ashley Pursglove; Natalie Wint and Chris Melvin led by Dr Ian Mabbett
- EADS (Airbus) Rhys Phillips
- IBM (Katy Love)
- Tata Steel (Heather Rowland and Verity Watson)
STEM Ambassador Jason Davies is the managing director of Hashtag Marketing Ltd, a website and app development company based in Wrexham, North Wales.
Mad House Holiday is an after school Club in Wrexham. STEM Ambassadors often assist at these clubs, and Jason gave me an account of his engagement and contribution.
“It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to engage young people in IT at Mad House Holiday. With the help of Techniquest Glyndwr, I was able to introduce a group of 6 – 13 year olds to the fantastic fun that is robotics. Using LEGO Mindstorms NXT robotics kits, I was able to get the attendees started with writing basic ROBOTC computer programming language.
It was a great achievement, as no one involved had previously tried to introduce children of 6 years old to a full programming language. However, the response was fantastic and they quickly began to solve problems and advance the acts the robots were performing.
I began by showing attendees how to move the robots (in this case small cars) in a straight line at 50% power for a given time then backwards for the same time and power to return to the starting point, and then showed them how to program a 90 degree turn. Next, I set some challenges and let the attendees figure out how to complete them. They were able to get the robots to perform square shapes, triangles, figure-of-eights, dance using random functions and even make noise along the way.
It was a fantastic afternoon and I hope to repeat it again soon.”
It’s always good to get feedback from the target audience when STEM Ambassadors visit schools. Taking valuable time out of your day to deliver a session at schools is not always easy, so it’s vital to gather evidence that STEM engagement with Ambassadors makes a huge difference to pupil attitudes.
This was the case when STEM Ambassador Madlen Burgess visited Ysgol Eirias, to deliver a talk on ‘STEM in my working life’.
Madlen is an Operational Meteorologist for the Met Office at RAF Valley. Following the visit, comments from the attendees were proof positive of the success of the day – here are some examples:
“Contained useful information with a lively and interesting speaker!” “Really good! Was great to have Maddie to talk to us! Incredibly helpful” “Really good to see someone and what they did to get where they are.” “The presentation provided really useful advice.”
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The next series of inductions will take place on the following dates – to book a place contact email@example.com. Newly-registered Ambassadors must attend an induction meeting and bring their ID documents with them. Approved Ambassadors are also welcome to attend.
- 6 June, 11am. See Science Offices, 59 Charles St, Cardiff CF10 2GD
- 12 June, 4pm. See Science Office, 59 Charles Street, Cardiff CF10 2GD
- 25 June, 2pm. See Science Office, 59 Charles Street, Cardiff CF10 2GD
- 26 June, 4pm. See Science Office, 59 Charles Street, Cardiff CF10 2GD
- June – date tbc. Bangor University, Bangor LL57 2RQ
- 30 June, 3pm. Newport Wetlands Visitor Centre, Newport NP18 2PZ
- 9 July, 2pm. See Science Office, 59 Charles Street, Cardiff CF10 2GD
- 16 July, 2pm. Wallace Building, Room 108, Swansea University Swansea SA2 8PP
- 18 July, 11am. See Science Office, 59 Charles Street, Cardiff CF10 2GD
Back to topCurrent schools requests for Ambassador support
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If you are able to contribute to any of the following requests, or would like more details about them before deciding, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about each request, follow the ‘more information’ link. This will take you to the relevant section on the current STEM Ambassador requests web page.
- Rhyl. Raising Aspirations in STEM. Monday 23 June. Christchurch Primary School. As part of a project which aims to raise ambitions in primary school pupils' engagement with STEM, a pilot event is being held at two local primary schools in Rhyl. Ambassadors are sought to attend the event providing an insight into their work / research/career in STEM. More information…
- Rhyl. Raising Aspirations in STEM. Wednesday 2 July. Ysgol Llywelyn Primary School. Details as above. More information…
- Caerphilly. Science for Me Week! 7-10 July. Heolddu Comprehensive School, Bargoed. Key Stage 3 pupils will enjoy a week of STEM related activities across a broad range of subjects. The teacher is seeking STEM Ambassadors who can provide a Presentation / Challenge / Career Talk for a group of 300 pupils. More information…
- Llandudno. Engineer in Focus. Flexible days to suit Ambassador. 8.50-9.20am. Ysgol John Bright Llandudno. The teacher is seeking a STEM Ambassador from the world of Engineering to address a group of Year 11 pupils. More information…
- Penarth. Energy Provision insight and support. Flexible dates in agreement with Ambassador. Stanwell School, South Glamorgan. Year 12 and 13 (A level) are studying Energy and the Environment as part of their course. The pupils struggle with aspects of this subject. More information…
- Penarth. Analytical Science in the work environment. Flexible dates in agreement with Ambassador. Stanwell School, South Glamorgan. Year 12 (A level pupils) are covering Analytical Science as part of their curriculum. Introducing these young people to Ambassadors who use Analytical Technique in the working environment will greatly assist a challenged class of pupils. More information…
- Swansea. Dragons Den Challenge events. Various dates and venues. Year 9 pupils are competing in a series of Dragons Den Challenges across Swansea schools. STEM Ambassadors are eagerly sought as expert judges and mentors during the challenges. More information…
- Wrexham. Careers Day Year 10 workshop support. Thursday 26 June.10am-2pm. Techniquest Glyndwr, Wrexham. STEM Ambassador support is sought to assist at a STEM career day for Yr 10 students from six local high schools. More information…
- Rhyl. St Asaph. Chemistry at Work for Girls event. Tuesday 1 July, 9.30am-2.30pm. OpTIC Glyndwr Innovations, St Asaph Business Park. Year 10 pupils from 6 local schools will be attending this event. STEM Ambassadors can either run their own 30 minute Chemistry related activity sessions or support sessions organised by other Ambassadors. More information…
- Porth. Open for STEM Day. Friday 4 July, 8.45am-2pm. Porth County Community School, Porth. The teacher is organising a STEM related day for Year 9 students. She is eager to invite STEM Ambassadors who can offer a 1 hour session on any STEM related topic. More information…
- Various South Wales locations / dates. Easy Electronics Celebrations. To celebrate their project completion, pupils from each of these regions will be attending a Celebration Event. STEM Ambassadors are invited to view the Projects; meet pupils and teachers and enjoy first class Science Shows. More information…
- Penarth. Pre-work experience day. 25 June, 8.30am-1.30pm. Stanwell School Penarth South Glamorgan. Sessions include “Where am I going/What am I doing”, Work Experience dairy, Interview Skills, Finance and Problem Solving. STEM Ambassadors are sought to deliver the sessions with teachers. More information…
- Cardiff. Mock interview day. 7 July, 8.30am-1.00pm. St Teilo’s School. Cardiff. Pupils will be attending Mock Interview Sessions. STEM Ambassadors are always sought as a popular choice for their excellent insight and supportive guidance. More information…
- Cardiff. Enterprise Challenge Day. 14 July, 8.45am-3.20pm. Ysgol Plasmawr, Cardiff. Year 8 will be taking part in an Enterprise Challenge Day. The theme to be confirmed – but will involve teams working on a marketing problem; a marketing poster and sales presentation. STEM Ambassadors are eagerly sought to act as ‘Dragons Den’ Judges at the end of the Challenge and as mentor judges during the event. More information…
- Pembrokeshire. STEMfest Pembrokeshire – Space technology; Food Standards; Biotechnology. 27 September. Business Innovation Centre, Pembrokeshire Science and Technology Park. The Bridge Innovation Centre Pembroke Dock in partnership with the Darwin Centre, Dale Fort Field Studies and Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum are planning a major public and school Science Festival. To widen the scope of the event they would be very keen to host STEM Ambassadors and their organisations. More information…
- Swansea. Mock Interviews. STEM Ambassadors are sought as Mock Interviewers at the following Swansea School events. Details of the format will be provided and no preparation is required other than your own expertise and life experience. More information…
- Caerphilly. STEM Club Maths activities assistance. Dates in agreement with STEM Ambassador. St Cenydd School Caerphilly. The Maths teacher is exploring ideas with the aim of setting up a STEM Club. A meeting with a STEM Ambassador who can offer suggested activities (not necessarily maths related)would be very valuable. No need to make a long term commitment, the teacher would be pleased of any support offered here. More information…
- Llandaff. National Women in Engineering Day Careers Talk / Lecture. June / July – dates to suit Ambassador schedule. Howells School Llandaff. To celebrate National Women in Engineering Day, a teacher at Howells School is keen to introduce her Year 9 pupils to the real person! She would be pleased to welcome a female Engineer to deliver a lecture /interesting presentation on your career in Engineering and aspects of the female in the world of Engineering. More information…
Back to top Ambassador opportunities – other organisations
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Ambassadors are encouraged to pass feedback to STEMNET on this link (takes only 5 minutes).
STEM Ambassadors may be interested in the following newly-posted opportunities. Please note that the information is provided by the organisation, and that See Science is not the contact point for any of these opportunities. You can view the full version of these new postings plus current opportunities which have been posted previously on the other STEM Ambassador opportunities web page.
First Edition programme
EDT, the 2012 Winner of the National WISE (Women into Science and Engineering) Diversity Award, is looking for someone to develop a new activity for its First Edition programme. More information…
New STEM Ambassador Resources from Practical Action
Four new STEM Ambassador Resources from Practical Action are:
- Power for the world, an outreach activity delivered by Engineers without Borders.
- Who’s most at risk?… from natural hazards, an excellent starter activity for pupils aged 11-18 years
- Yummy Yoghurt Makers, a new CREST start activity for primary pupils.
- Global learning in the UK science curricula, documents now available for England, Scotland, N. Ireland and Wales. More information…