As you see, we have had a very busy few months, with a significant increase in the number of school requests for STEM Ambassador support.
Many thanks to all the STEM Ambassadors who have sent me stories and photos. Every month I publish three or four articles from each area of Wales – so those which are not in this month's newsletter are guaranteed to feature very soon!
It's an affirmation of your success that over the last year 2,500 STEM Ambassador engagements have taken place across Wales, including schools and public events. If anyone has feedback or suggestions on how we report and cover your activities, do let me know – we want to be sure that the newsletter adequately reflects the true value of your role.
Best wishes to all 1,400!
In this newsletter
- Power to the Girls at GE Aviation
- Recycler pour le Monde at Ysgol Llanhari
- Pembrokeshire promise
- Ambassador induction meetings
On March 19, GE Aviation Nantgarw hosted a bespoke experience for Year 9 girl pupils. Their ambition is to promote the exciting careers they offer across a wide academic spectrum to female applicants.
To offer the visitors as much individual attention as possible, the number of guest pupils was confined to 40 places. The unique visit included an introduction to GE Aviation by HR Manager Helen Wilkes, followed by a site tour accompanied by STEM Ambassadors who provided a friendly, informative and enthusiastic insight into the site facilities.
Visiting girls from Aberdare Girls (pictured above left with teacher Sian Edmonds and STEM Ambassadors), Bedwas High School and Cathays High School Cardiff (photo right) were able to see first hand the servicing systems of the jet engines and also the huge testing area, where the reassembled engines are tested before dispatch to the clients.
This was a great opportunity for pupils; the site is very high security because of safety, proprietary information and client confidentiality, and the energy and commitment which GE Nantgarw staff and STEM Ambassadors gave to the day was fully appreciated by teachers and pupils alike.
By the end of the experience, the number of girls who said they were interested in pursuing a STEM career in Engineering had more than doubled!
“The atmosphere here is cool and collected, really focused but you get the impression they do really rewarding work” – Aberdare Girls student.
STEM Ambassadors Richard Asekunowo (photo left) and Olivier Henry (photo right) developed a workshop that challenged pupils in both Environmental Engineering and also incorporated French language elements.
Richard and Olivier are Environmental Engineering students at Swansea University. Both Richard, from Nigeria, and Olivier, from Paris, proved to be experts in the difficult task of bringing together the importance of both STEM and language skills.
The workshop introduced pupils to careers in Environmental Engineering, and perfectly illustrated the interdependence of the global community in environmental issues. The extra challenge of sorting recyclable items through the medium of French made a great impact with all pupils. Feedback was hugely positive: “engaging”, “witty” and “impressively informative”. The photos speak for themselves for the pupils’ enjoyment of the sessions.
Several STEM Ambassadors took part in a careers fair held at Ysgol Bro Gwaun, Fishguard in the spring term. People with experience in a range of careers offered advice to students at various stages in their school careers. Some were choosing post 16 courses, others looking at what courses they might pursue at university in future.
Some students had come looking for ideas of what careers they might aim for, others were looking for help in deciding which precise route to pursue.
The photo shows students discussing some career options with STEM Ambassadors Robbie Rickman and Fran Barker.
Helen Hughes, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire Recruiter / School Supporter
Back to topAmbassador induction meetings
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The next series of inductions will take place on the following dates – to book a place contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Newly-registered Ambassadors must attend an induction meeting and bring their ID documents with them. Approved Ambassadors are also welcome to attend.
- 25 April, 11am. See Science Office, 59 Charles Street, Cardiff CF10 2GD
- 30 April, 2pm. See Science Office, 59 Charles Street, Cardiff CF10 2GD
- 6 May, 2pm. Normal Site Bangor University, Bangor LL57 2RQ
- 7 May, 1pm. Room 108 Wallace Building Swansea University, Swansea SA2 8PP
- 9 May, 11am. See Science Office, 59 Charles Street, Cardiff CF10 2GD
- 14 May, 2pm See Science Office, 59 Charles Street, Cardiff CF10 2GD
- 21 May, 2.30pm. Newport Wetlands Centre, West Nash Road, Newport NP18 2BZ
- 22 May, 4pm. See Science Offices, 59 Charles St, Cardiff CF10 2GD
- 6 June, 11am. See Science Offices, 59 Charles St, 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
Back to topCurrent schools requests for Ambassador support
Can you help?
If you are able to contribute to any of the following requests, or would like more details about them before deciding, please contact email@example.com.
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.
- Newport. Aim for the Stars. 30 June – 11 July. Morning session. Newport High School. The teachers are holding Space Themed events for More Able and Talented pupils. They would greatly value three STEM Ambassadors with Astronomy / Physics / Space knowledge to present a 20-30 minute session, repeated three times, during one morning. More information…
- Cardiff. Inspiring the Boys in Science. Male STEM Ambassadors. Flexible dates to suit Ambassadors. St Paul's Primary Oakley Place, Cardiff CF11 7EW. A change from the usual. The teacher has groups of underachieving boys in the science class. The school feels that the boys lack interface with male role models in STEM. They would very much appreciate a male STEM Ambassador to visit the school for a Boys' Own session. More information…
- Caerphilly. It's STEM for Me week! 7-10 July. Heolddu Comprehensive School, Bargoed. Open to all STEM Ambassador expertise. The school is holding a Science Week for KS 3 (11-14 years) pupils. The teacher is very keen to source Ambassadors who could visit with an interesting presentation / activity during any day that week. More information…
- Swansea. Teen Tech Cymru. 14 May. Liberty Stadium Swansea. A very popular event for STEM Ambassador support. An easy remit to either bring a stand or attend in support of visiting pupils. TeenTech® shows hundreds of teenagers that exciting career opportunities in science, technology and engineering really do have the 'X Factor'! More information…
- Llandudno. Engineers of the Future. Flexible dates to suit Ambassador. 8.50-9.20am. Ysgol John Bright, Llandudno. What are the key qualities of an Engineer? The teacher would greatly value a STEM Ambassador Engineer to take a session on the key skills, qualification routes and the inspiring future of a career in Engineering. More information…
- Swansea. Soapbox Science. 5 July. 360 Beach and Watersports, Mumbles Road, Swansea. Inspired by PVC Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott's experience of talking about science from the soapbox in London 2013. Are you interested in spending a day with a scientist? Would you like to get involved on the day? More information…
- Flintshire. IT and Communication: logistics at work. Dates to suit Ambassadors. Alun School, Mold. The teacher is seeking a session visit to school or a visit to a workplace for a small group of Year 12 BTEC pupils. The 7 pupils are covering Unit 2 topics including: LIMS (Lab Information Management System); edexcel unit 2; 'working in the science industry; GMP; GLP. Effective and essential communication practices would also be valuable. More information…
- Newport. Deeper into Psychology. 19 or 21 May. Newport High School. The teacher is eager to source a STEM Ambassador with expertise / background in Psychology or research in that area. More information…
- Cardiff. Formula One Club Visit. Date in negotiation with Ambassador, after school (3pm). Fitzalan School Cardiff. The school is entering a team in the Formula One challenge and would very much appreciate a visit from a STEM Ambassador to enthuse and add expert insight into their work on the project. The challenge inspires students to use IT to learn about physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacture, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, leadership/teamwork, media skills and financial strategy, and apply them in a practical, imaginative, competitive and exciting way. More information…
- Cardiff. 'Aspiring Engineers'. 14 June, 4.30-6.30pm. The Cathedral School Llandaff, Cardiff. The Science and Technology department have organised an event called 'Aspiring Engineers'. The aim is to encourage a wider and better-informed pupil uptake in subjects relevant to careers in Engineering. More information…
- Swansea. 'Making Maths Work'. Any Friday, am. Pontarddulais Comprehensive School, Pontarddulais. A teacher is seeking a speaker at Year 7 & 8 assembly to address the pupils on the importance of maths in their career. A diverse unusual application to show how maths is more than numbers and budgets! More information…
- Wrexham. Careers-focused days. June and July dates. More information…
- Bridgend. Systems and Quality Control. Dates negotiable with Ambassadors. Pencoed Comprehensive School. Teacher Mark Avient is eager to host Ambassadors with experience in Quality Control or Assurance; Just in Time Manufacturing; CAD software. Insider knowledge and frank discussion on the advantages / disadvantages of the systems would greatly assist his Design and Technology pupils. More information…
- Bridgend. F1 Challenge STEM Club visit. Lunchtimes. Pencoed Comprehensive School. Pupils are entering the F1 Challenge for schools. http://www.f1inschools.co.uk/. The aim of the team is to design a fast Formula One car, which is 'raced' against cars designed by competing school teams. Teacher would greatly appreciate a visit / collaboration with a STEM Ambassador. More information…
- Pembrokeshire. STEM Fest. 27 September. Bridge Innovation Centre, Pembrokeshire Science and Technology Park, Pembroke Dock. The Innovation Centre would be very appreciative of the input and support of County STEM Ambassadors at this event. More information…
- Bridgend. Sight and Light. Dates negotiable. Llangewydd Junior School. Years 3-5 pupils are studying Light and the basic principles of Vision. The teacher would like to add interest and enjoyment as well as supplementary expertise. A talk or simple demonstration with models, from a STEM Ambassador with expertise in either Optometry or Physics would be enormously appreciated. More information…
- Cardiff. Environment Science or Maths and Problem Solving. 15 July, 9-11am or 1-3pm. Cardiff High School. The school is hoping to fill two STEM event sessions during the day with Maths and Environmental Science sessions. A challenge or skills task would be ideal to fill a 2-hour session. More information…
- Wales-wide. Lab in Lorry Tour. Maesteg; Aberaeron; Tywyn; Conwy; Queensferry; Brecon and Caerphilly. Lab in the Lorry requests STEM Ambassador support at all visits on the itinerary in Wales. This ever popular and successful mobile lab is a great way to meet fellow STEM Ambassadors and work as a team. More information…
- STEM Experience Days. July – various dates & venues. Pupils will be given a science/engineering challenge. Working in groups of 12, they will focus on developing the following workplace skills: self -management, team-working, problem-solving, research, communication, reflective practice. STEM Ambassadors' skills and expertise will be invaluable in providing encouragement and guidance to pupils during the challenge. There wil also be time for Ambassadors to discuss the application of these skills in their own careers. More information…
Back to top Ambassador opportunities – other organisations
Send us your feedback
STEMNET values all feedback. This contributes to the evidence for their remit as laid down by the UK Government. We also want our region to be well represented in this.
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 below is provided by the organisation, and that See Science is not the contact point for any of these opportunities. You can view current opportunities which have been posted previously on the other STEM Ambassador opportunities web page.
Institute of Physics’ Public Engagement Grant Scheme 2014 – Round 2
Do you have a fantastic idea for making physics accessible? Do you want to reach a wider audience? Do you need some support to make your outreach activity happen?
The second round of the 2014 Public Engagement Grant from the Institute of Physics is now open for applications. The grants are worth up to £1,500 and aim to support physics-based outreach activities in the UK and Ireland throughout 2014. Activities should provide engaging experiences of physics to public audiences – grants will not be awarded to projects aimed at solely delivering the curriculum to school pupils.
There’s more information about the grant scheme, including application forms, guidelines and summaries of past projects here, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date: midday Friday 25 April 2014 – Dominic Galliano will be looking forward to receiving your applications.
Delivering technology/computer science activities in schools
The TCS STEM Ambassador resources are now live and available to download directly from the STEMNetworkingResource Bank. These resources are aimed at supporting STEM Ambassadors in delivering technology/computer science activities in schools. There are three activity resources:
- Spreadsheets: Super Villains activity – using spreadsheets to make comparisons
- Databases: What sort of databases do social networking sites use?
- Programming: How do computer characters find their way around?
STEM Ambassador Andrea Calland is a qualified aromatherapist in North East Wales. A programme of her many skills is on her website www.presenting.org.uk.
Gopher Science Labs Wales
Gopher Science Labs activities are designed to ease pupils' transition from primary to secondary education. Gopher Science Labs was created and developed by the Society of Biology in collaboration with the Biochemical Society. The Gopher Science Labs Wales resources were produced thanks to generous support from the Welsh Government's National Science Academy.
If you are interested in helping run a Gopher Science Lab Day or attend a teacher CPD about Gopher Science during the summer term, there is more information on the other STEM Ambassador opportunities web page.