STEM Ambassadors Wales: April Newsletter
Dear STEM Ambassador

March and April have been very active with well attended STEM events forming British Science Week and The Big Bang events. Spoilt for choice this was a smorgasbord of events. Here are photos from the amazing Brain Games which drew 3000 visitors to the National Museum Cardiff.



Featured are the two Super Doctors Emma   - Lane and Yhnell, with their show on neuroreceptor 
communications. The fantastically creative Lisa Kinnavane impressed visitors with the amazing shrinking chair effect - a thoroughly engaging Ambassador and exhibit

With thanks for all your contributions this month
Sian
STEM Ambassador Hub (Wales)

Contents
News
Opportunities in schools
Latest STEM news
 

Big Bang events North and South Wales
 

These prestigious annual events took place this year on 28 March at The Venue Llandudno and 3 April in Liberty Stadium Swansea.  Year 12 pupils presented research projects, problem solving challenges set by an employer. Pupils work on the projects for over 3 months under the mentorship of an industry / academic partner. For pupils this is a high quality experience and this year the standards of projects all achieved Gold CREST Awards in addition to Big Bang accreditation
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24 pupil teams presented at Llandudno and 77 teams at the Swansea event. STEM Ambassadors play a significant role in this event, both as team mentors and judges for CREST and Big Bang Cymru awards.
STEM Ambassadors Alistair Hughes and Paul Johnson joined Keith Jones as Gold Crest Judges in North Wales, Rhian Ashton and David Hargreaves attended in South Wales. “the standard of projects and pupil dialogue was impressive, it was such a valuable experience for pupils, and a privilege to meet such accomplished teams” Rhian Ashton

Ysgol Caergybi students were nominated for three out of seven awards in the Big Bang Competition, winning “Project with the Most Commercial Potential” sponsored by the Welsh Government. The students also took home the trophy as overall winners on the day, putting them forward to the finals of the Big Bang competition at the NEC in 2018.
June Strydhorst, STEM Ambassador commented on the students’ achievement; “The students have done a fantastic job in coming up with a real, worthwhile solution, projects like this are great opportunities to showcase what STEM is all about and the variety of careers open to young people.”
STEM Ambassador Mark Lewney presented his show Rock Guitar in 11 dimensions, many STEM Ambassadors attended on behalf of their employer at the event.
STEM Ambassador Mentors included:
  • Natasha Kahrbanda Mott Macdonald: Coleg Llandrillo & Bassaleg School
  • Dr Dave Perkins & Cameron Gray Bangor University: Eirias High School and Ysgol Glan Clwyd
  • Helen Lloyd – Kerfoot Airbus: Coleg Cambria & Alun School
  • Dylan Herbert Scottish Power: Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen
  • June Strydhorst, Steve Evans  BAE Systems : Ysgol Caergybi
  • Jessica Jones Sony: Cynffig Comprehensive
  • David Emm ARUP:  Cardiff and Vale College
  • Emilie Bilbie PDR: Howells School
  • Laura Harvey, Rafid Marzan, Alex Mesny GE Aviation: Llanishen High & Whitchurch High
  • Paul Lindsay Aerospace Wales: Ysgol Plasmawr
  • Simon Biggs Renishaw: Haberdashers School & Monmouth School
  • Delwyn Morgan General Dynamics: Monmouth Comprehensive
  • Dr Ian Mabbett Swansea University: Gowerton School
Congratulations to Ysgol Caerybi, Alun School, Monmouth School, Haberdashers, Cardiff and Vale, Cynffig School who all won in their categories.
STEM Ambassadors interested in supporting a school for the 2018 event, please make enquires at ambassadors@see-science.co.uk
 
A Masterclass session: Weather with Steve Hoselitz at Ysgol Y Ffin

Steve has been active a STEM Ambassador since January 2014. During that time he has developed a suite of workshops tailored for Primary Schools as well as attending Secondary School sessions, Lab in a Lorry and Sixth Form induction days.
Ysgol Y Ffin’s  Science Week was driven by a parent Liz Neal, a former Chemist, keen to host STEM Ambassadors at the school.
I attended Steve’s Weather Sessions activity on 16 March. The session was brilliant, humorous and engaging. Covering 2 hours it included an introduction to seasons and weather followed by a practical activity on the water cycle. Pupils added a little warm water in a zip lock bag, placed on a radiator to demonstrate evaporation and condensation. They then returned for a discussion on weather predictions and accuracy, followed by videos of extreme weather conditions.
Pupils were thoroughly engaged and spent much time asking Steve some challenging questions.
‘Without this session we would not know how to put this subject across’ Teacher at Ysgol Y Ffin
A very happy Head Teacher Jamie Hallett congratulated Steve who was presented with a gift by the pupils.
Quoting in the local press Jamie added “The week has been incredible. The whole school community has worked together to bring the children a wide range of experiences and enhance their learning and horizons. We are so proud of the way the children engaged and especially all the children involved in leading and documenting the week”.
Steve has many repeat requests for visits and would welcome any STEM Ambassador to join him at a workshop and gain experience.
 
A Golden STEM week at Golden Grove Primary School

Teacher Hannah Harries placed a request for support from STEM Ambassadors during Science Week. The school were privelaged to host visits from Vasilis Katsapis and Syed Ali of RWE Npower and David Ramsey a qualified BSc in Environmental Studies
Vasilis and Syed ran 3 sessions for 90 Key Stage 2 pupils on Electricity covering Power Generation Simulator, Personal Protective Equipment. They took a simulator to the school to demonstrate electrical power generation.
 
David ran two workshops:  Growth and Development (2 session) and Sustainability (2 sessions  modified to be suited for Year 2 pupils. David showed expertise in levelling a difficult subject for very young pupils. Feedback from Hannah was glowing who kindly sent the photo montage.
 
“Thank you so much for putting us in touch with everyone. They were all lovely and fitted in so well at school and the children all enjoyed the sessions”Hannah Harries:
 
‘Thank you Sian, it is really good and rewarding to see that our effort and time was so well perceived and appreciated!
From our side, I can say that personally I enjoy it very much and I now look forward to the next convenient opportunity.’ Vasilis
‘The Day went well, both Staff and children great.’ David Ramsey
 
Bio Wales Millennium Centre 

BioWales is a flagship Life Science conference for Bioscience and Pharmaceutical companies. This year the event piloted a student – STEM Ambassador networking session. 80 Year 11 pupils from Llanishen High and Ysgol Garth Olwg met STEM Ambassadors Jon Bloom, Steve Capper, Emma Dalton, Penny Owen and Mihil Patel.
STEM Ambassadors rotated around the groups discussing their varied career paths in Life Sciences with the pupils.  Feedback from pupils was very positive ‘Meeting these role models has been really beneficial, seeing how chemistry and biology fits together and how it advances is useful, I want a career in science and I enjoyed it’ Pupil Llanishen High.
 
Opportunities in schools
  1. Lab in a Lorry. Across Wales. Scheduled dates below.  One of the most popular and well supported activities. 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
  • May 3 and 4 Heolddu School Bargoed. CF81 8XL
  • May 9, 10 and 11 Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern, Anglesey, LL65 3SU
  • May 24 and 25 Bridgend area location tbc
  • May 26 Newport Newport High School, NP20 7YB.
  • June 7 week Pembrokeshire – locations tbc
  • June 12 week in Powys – locations tbc
  • June 27 week in Gwynedd – locations tbc
  • July 4 week in the South Wales Valleys – locations tbc
  • July 11 week in Wrexham – locations tbc
To express interest please contact Sian at ambassadors@see-science.co.uk

2. 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. If you can offer a visit please contact me at ambassadors@see-science.co.uk

3. 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. Please offer through ambassadors@see-science.co.uk

4. 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 ambassadors@see-science.co.uk

5.Wales wide: I'm a Scientist and I'm an Engineer give schools the opportunity to talk to scientists and engineers online. They are online competitions for scientists and engineers, where the students are the judges. The events are split into different zones, so scientists working in the same area go up against each other. The students ask questions, have 30 minute live chats, and vote for their favourite scientist or engineer to win £500 to spend on more STEM engagement.I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here — 12th - 23rd June
imascientist.org.uk
Scientist and teacher registration deadline: Tuesday 2nd May
Read more about our June zones here
 
I'm an Engineer, Get me out of here — 12th - 23rd June
imanengineer.org.uk
Engineer and teacher registration deadline: Tuesday 2nd May
Read more about our June zones here

6. British Science Association STEM Ambassador interviews. Lara Davies is conducting research which will help the BSA to scope the role, identify motivators, how/if to remunerate, identify possible support needs and support their recruitment strategy so they have enough and flexibility. They  are doing a survey of STEM Ambassadors and would welcome volunteers from the STEM Ambassador community. My contact is (lara@laradaviscommunications.co.uk) 

7. Pontypridd. Statistics in Biology, Genetics, DNA, PCR. Ysgol Gyfun Garth Olwg Pontypridd CF38 1RQ. 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 at ambassadors@see-science.co.uk
 
  1. Lab in a Lorry. Across Wales. Scheduled dates below.  One of the most popular and well supported activities. 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
  • May 3 and 4 Heolddu School Bargoed. CF81 8XL
  • May 9, 10 and 11 Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern, Anglesey, LL65 3SU
  • May 24 and 25 Bridgend area location tbc
  • May 26 Newport Newport High School, NP20 7YB.
  • June 7 week Pembrokeshire – locations tbc
  • June 12 week in Powys – locations tbc
  • June 27 week in Gwynedd – locations tbc
  • July 4 week in the South Wales Valleys – locations tbc
  • July 11 week in Wrexham – locations tbc
To express interest please contact Sian at ambassadors@see-science.co.uk
 
  1. 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
 If you can help please contact me at ambassadors@see-science.co.uk


3.   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 ambassadors@see-science.co.uk 
 
4. 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 ambassadors@see-science.co.uk

5. Sorrell Saturday Club ‘Great British Food Scare’ STEM Ambassador speaker invited: Saturday 27 May  10:00am – 1:00pm 
Cardiff Metropolitan University, Llandaff Campus, 200 Western Ave, Cardiff CF5 2YB
 
Natalie Ray is seeking a STEM Ambassador from the Food Safety or Food Industry to discuss their work or bring an interactive demonstration to the Club. Students are completing a course involving ‘hands-on’ practical’s and interactive including visits to a food manufacturer and a ‘fab lab’. Contact ambassadors@see-science.co.uk

6. 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 at  ambassadors@see-science.co.uk

7.Cardiff based. Supress the Mess. STEM Ambassadors training and support.  
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. 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 ambassadors@see-science.co.uk

8. Wales wide: I'm a Scientist and I'm an Engineer give schools the opportunity to talk to scientists and engineers online. They are online competitions for scientists and engineers, where the students are the judges. The events are split into different zones, so scientists working in the same area go up against each other. The students ask questions, have 30 minute live chats, and vote for their favourite scientist or engineer to win £500 to spend on more STEM engagement.I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here — 12th - 23rd June
imascientist.org.uk
Scientist and teacher registration deadline: Tuesday 2nd May
Read more about our June zones here
 
I'm an Engineer, Get me out of here — 12th - 23rd June
imanengineer.org.uk
Engineer and teacher registration deadline: Tuesday 2nd May
Read more about our June zones here


9. British Science Association STEM Ambassador interviews. Lara Davies is conducting research which will help the BSA to scope the role, identify motivators, how/if to remunerate, identify possible support needs and support their recruitment strategy so they have enough and flexibility. They  are doing a survey of STEM Ambassadors and would welcome volunteers from the STEM Ambassador community. My contact is (lara@laradaviscommunications.co.uk) 

10. Pontypridd. Statistics in Biology, Genetics, DNA, PCR. Ysgol Gyfun Garth Olwg Pontypridd CF38 1RQ. 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 at ambassadors@see-science.co.uk

11. 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: Summer
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 ambassadors@see-science.co.uk
 
  1. Lab in a Lorry. Across Wales. Scheduled dates below.  One of the most popular and well supported activities. 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
  • May 3 and 4 Heolddu School Bargoed. CF81 8XL
  • May 9, 10 and 11 Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern, Anglesey, LL65 3SU
  • May 24 and 25 Bridgend area location tbc
  • May 26 Newport Newport High School, NP20 7YB.
  • June 7 week Pembrokeshire – locations tbc
  • June 12 week in Powys – locations tbc
  • June 27 week in Gwynedd – locations tbc
  • July 4 week in the South Wales Valleys – locations tbc
  • July 11 week in Wrexham – locations tbc
To express interest please contact Sian at ambassadors@see-science.co.uk


2. Wrexham. Science / Engineering / Maths sessions. Black Lane School,  Long Lane, 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. Offers to  ambassadors@see-science.co.uk

3.  British Science Association STEM Ambassador interviews. Lara Davies is conducting research which will help the BSA to scope the role, identify motivators, how/if to remunerate, identify possible support needs and support their recruitment strategy so they have enough and flexibility. They  are doing a survey of STEM Ambassadors and would welcome volunteers from the STEM Ambassador community. My contact is (lara@laradaviscommunications.co.uk) 

4.Wales wide: I'm a Scientist and I'm an Engineer give schools the opportunity to talk to scientists and engineers online. They are online competitions for scientists and engineers, where the students are the judges. The events are split into different zones, so scientists working in the same area go up against each other. The students ask questions, have 30 minute live chats, and vote for their favourite scientist or engineer to win £500 to spend on more STEM engagement.I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here — 12th - 23rd June
imascientist.org.uk
Scientist and teacher registration deadline: Tuesday 2nd May
Read more about our June zones here
 
I'm an Engineer, Get me out of here — 12th - 23rd June
imanengineer.org.uk
Engineer and teacher registration deadline: Tuesday 2nd May
Read more about our June zones here


    

 
  1. Lab in a Lorry. Across Wales. Scheduled dates below.  One of the most popular and well supported activities. 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
  • May 3 and 4 Heolddu School Bargoed. CF81 8XL
  • May 9, 10 and 11 Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern, Anglesey, LL65 3SU
  • May 24 and 25 Bridgend area location tbc
  • May 26 Newport Newport High School, NP20 7YB.
  • June 7 week Pembrokeshire – locations tbc
  • June 12 week in Powys – locations tbc
  • June 27 week in Gwynedd – locations tbc
  • July 4 week in the South Wales Valleys – locations tbc
  • July 11 week in Wrexham – locations tbc
To express interest please contact Sian at ambassadors@see-science.co.uk

2. Merthyr. STEM sessions for various ages flexible dates. Gellifaelog School Merthyr Tydfil CF47 9TJ 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
 
Early Years:-
Forces - pushes/pulls/balancing
Exploring sound
 
Year 1&2:-
Forces
Light,shadows and sound
Animals

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 Earth
The daily and annual movements of the Earth and their effect on day and year length.

3. Pontypridd. Statistics in Biology, Genetics, DNA, PCR. Ysgol Gyfun Garth Olwg Pontypridd CF38 1RQ. 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 at ambassadors@see-science.co.uk

4. Sorrell Saturday Club ‘Great British Food Scare’ STEM Ambassador speaker invited: Saturday 27 May  10:00am – 1:00pm 
Cardiff Metropolitan University, Llandaff Campus, 200 Western Ave, Cardiff CF5 2YB
 
Natalie Ray is seeking a STEM Ambassador from the Food Safety or Food Industry to discuss their work or bring an interactive demonstration to the Club. Students are completing a course involving ‘hands-on’ practical’s and interactive including visits to a food manufacturer and a ‘fab lab’. Contact ambassadors@see-science.co.uk


 
Pembrokeshire
  1. Lab in a Lorry. Across Wales. Scheduled dates below.  One of the most popular and well supported activities. 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
  • May 3 and 4 Heolddu School Bargoed. CF81 8XL
  • May 9, 10 and 11 Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern, Anglesey, LL65 3SU
  • May 24 and 25 Bridgend area location tbc
  • May 26 Newport Newport High School, NP20 7YB.
  • June 7 week Pembrokeshire – locations tbc
  • June 12 week in Powys – locations tbc
  • June 27 week in Gwynedd – locations tbc
  • July 4 week in the South Wales Valleys – locations tbc
  • July 11 week in Wrexham – locations tbc
To express interest please contact Sian at ambassadors@see-science.co.uk

2. Pembrokeshire. Science sessions. Any dates possible. Holy Name Primary Fishguard. SA65 9DFTeacher 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 ambassadors@see-science.co.uk

3. British Science Association STEM Ambassador interviews. Lara Davies is conducting research which will help the BSA to scope the role, identify motivators, how/if to remunerate, identify possible support needs and support their recruitment strategy so they have enough and flexibility. They  are doing a survey of STEM Ambassadors and would welcome volunteers from the STEM Ambassador community. My contact is (lara@laradaviscommunications.co.uk) 

4. Wales wide: I'm a Scientist and I'm an Engineer give schools the opportunity to talk to scientists and engineers online. They are online competitions for scientists and engineers, where the students are the judges. The events are split into different zones, so scientists working in the same area go up against each other. The students ask questions, have 30 minute live chats, and vote for their favourite scientist or engineer to win £500 to spend on more STEM engagement.I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here — 12th - 23rd June
imascientist.org.uk
Scientist and teacher registration deadline: Tuesday 2nd May
Read more about our June zones here
 
I'm an Engineer, Get me out of here — 12th - 23rd June
imanengineer.org.uk
Engineer and teacher registration deadline: Tuesday 2nd May
Read more about our June zones here

 
  1. Lab in a Lorry. Across Wales. Scheduled dates below.  One of the most popular and well supported activities. 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
  • May 3 and 4 Heolddu School Bargoed. CF81 8XL
  • May 9, 10 and 11 Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern, Anglesey, LL65 3SU
  • May 24 and 25 Bridgend area location tbc
  • May 26 Newport Newport High School, NP20 7YB.
  • June 7 week Pembrokeshire – locations tbc
  • June 12 week in Powys – locations tbc
  • June 27 week in Gwynedd – locations tbc
  • July 4 week in the South Wales Valleys – locations tbc
2.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. Please contact me at ambassadors@see-science.co.uk

3.Crickhowell. Senses. Crickhowell Primary.  Crickhowell NP8 1DY. Alison Weaver has requested an STEM Ambassador to help with the current topic 'Senses'Alison would like 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. Grateful for offers at ambassadors@see-science.co.uk

4. British Science Association STEM Ambassador interviews. Lara Davies is conducting research which will help the BSA to scope the role, identify motivators, how/if to remunerate, identify possible support needs and support their recruitment strategy so they have enough and flexibility. They  are doing a survey of STEM Ambassadors and would welcome volunteers from the STEM Ambassador community. My contact is (lara@laradaviscommunications.co.uk

5.Wales wide: I'm a Scientist and I'm an Engineer give schools the opportunity to talk to scientists and engineers online. They are online competitions for scientists and engineers, where the students are the judges. The events are split into different zones, so scientists working in the same area go up against each other. The students ask questions, have 30 minute live chats, and vote for their favourite scientist or engineer to win £500 to spend on more STEM engagement.I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here — 12th - 23rd June
imascientist.org.uk
Scientist and teacher registration deadline: Tuesday 2nd May
Read more about our June zones here
 
I'm an Engineer, Get me out of here — 12th - 23rd June
imanengineer.org.uk
Engineer and teacher registration deadline: Tuesday 2nd May
Read more about our June zones here
Search for more opportunities to inspire young people
Cardiff University School of Medicine Open Days
Friday 23 June & Saturday 24 June 2017
 
Tickets are free but must be booked via https://cumedicine2017.eventbrite.co.uk.
 
Although primarily aimed at prospective students, we have a parallel programme for parents, guardians, teachers and careers advisors and we would be delighted if you wanted to join us too, either solo or with a student.
 
Places are limited and we expect them to go quickly.  To ensure everyone has a fair chance to attend, we ask students to please book for just ONE of these two identical days and not bring more than one accompanying person.  Students are very welcome to come on their own and teachers or parents are also welcome to attend without a student.
 
 
Based at the Heath Park campus, the student programme covers key elements of becoming a doctor, with talks on our selection process, life as a doctor, funding for their medical degree, Case Based Learning and a Q&A panel as well as workshops covering Clinical Skills, Simulation Suite, life as a medical student, Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) and writing their personal statement. We’ll also give them lunch and plenty of opportunity to talk to our students about what it’s really like in medical school.
 
Each prospective student is invited to bring one parent, guardian or teacher with them and a separate full-day programme will cover most of these subjects, but from an angle that looks at the support they, and we, can provide.  (Lunch also provided.)

G2G communities
 

Part Time, Flexible Work & Volunteers Needed

Would you like to make a difference in the community? Due to popular demand we are looking for more enthusiastic individuals who want to work with LEGO InnovationMinecraft Education or help Support Learners. We will provide a range of training to help you develop and improve your skills.
Interested? Please fill out our online form or e-mail your curriculum vitae to info@g2gcommunities.org. Call Moira on 01745 33 44 82 for more information or to discuss our fantastic employment opportunities.


Royal Astronomical Society: Free travel for STEM ambassadors volunteering at opportunity schools
 
The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) has partnered with STEM Learning to create a new scheme called the ‘diversity ambassador scheme’. This allows those of you who are STEM ambassadors to also become ‘diversity ambassadors’ for the RAS.
The purpose of this scheme is to encourage physics and astronomy researchers to engage with schools, particularly those in areas of socio-economic deprivation, where attainment is low and where the population is under-represented in astronomy and geophysics.
 
If you are a STEM ambassador and a RAS Fellow you can take part in this scheme.
If during your STEM ambassador visit to a school this school is one of our ‘diversity schools’ you become a RAS ‘diversity ambassador’ and you are eligible to claim for your travel expenses to that school.
In order to claim your travel expenses you must complete a short feedback and evaluation form about your activity at the diversity school. Travel claims are not limited to one per year providing the RAS fellow meets the criteria for a diversity ambassador and travel claims fit within our policy for allowable travel.
As a ‘diversity ambassador’ the RAS are available to you for support, resources and training, if requested, for any future school visits.
 
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN IN ENGINEERING DAY MARCH 23
The Women's Engineering Society (WES) is proud to launch here the Resource Pack for
International Women in Engineering Day on 23 June 2017: your guide to the celebration and how to get involved.
 
In 2016 we were delighted to see so many organisations, companies and people take part. This year we aim to build on that success and to make the day even more widely celebrated around the world. With your help and commitment, we hope to bring INWED17 to massive audiences, within the UK and internationally, from classrooms to board rooms - celebrating the present, and inspiring the coming generations of women engineers.
 
Now it is time to start planning for
#INWED17  -  23 June 2017
 
To download resources please click here: http://www.inwed.org.uk/resources.html
 

Comic Relief: #iwill Youth Social Action Fund
 Summary
Comic Relief are inviting proposals which effectively build relationships with young people between the ages of 10 and 20 years old from disadvantaged backgrounds who do not currently participate in youth social action in their own community and which engage those young people in creative and meaningful youth social action.
 
Comic Relief has partnered with the #iwill campaign, match funding to create a £2.4m pot to target young people from less affluent backgrounds not taking part in youth social action. #iwill is a UK-wide campaign aiming to get 6 out of 10 young people involved in social action by 2020. Big Lottery Fund and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport have each invested £20 million to support young people access high quality social action opportunities.
 Relevant documents/links on www.comicrelief.com      https://www.comicrelief.com/grants/initiatives
Funding available
Funding is available for grants of between £20,000 to £50,000 per year for up to three years (with a maximum of £150,000 in total). We would expect to see a range of applicant sizes, so projects are strongly encouraged to apply for funding proportionate to their size and structure.  We expect to make 15-30 grants in total. Of the total amount available £400,000 is available for grants in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
In exceptional circumstances and where there is clear broader strategic value, we may consider making a larger grant of up to a total of £250,000. Requests to apply for this larger amount are welcome by invitation only and following a discussion with Comic Relief. Discussions will be held by phone on 24th and 27th April, 2-5pm and can be arranged by emailinggrantsinfo@comicrelief.com.  We would make no more than two of these larger grants.
Key dates and process
The application process will be will a one stage process and we will be open for proposals from 10th April to midday on 12th May 2017. In the proposal form they will request a short (max three mins) film on the project.
 
 

 
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