Dear Ambassadors

Parlez-vous Science? or Sprechen sie Wissenschaft?

News of project collaboration between See Science and CILT Cymru with the invaluable input of our STEM Ambassadors.

Following the Olympic gathering where over 200 nations enjoy a festival of sport, it is easy to overlook the fact that one of the biggest challenges to business growth is the necessity to internationalise. A key to this is the ability to communicate with partners and clients across the globe in their own language. It is not a truth that ‘every-one speaks English’ and the remit of CILT Cymru is to increase the uptake of foreign languages in schools, which will hopefully encourage them to pursue careers in STEM organisations too.

CILT logoWhen we first met CILT we tried to find common ground which could mutually benefit both parties and a way in which both objectives of STEM and MFL coincide.

My first thoughts went to Ambassador Chris Squire, a business development manager at Tata Steel who had indicated at the induction meeting that he was keen to inspire more young people to work in industry who had skills in foreign languages.

We proposed that we set up a presentation attended by pupils from the Science Department and the Modern Foreign Languages Department. Two schools were piloted: Cwrt Sart in Neath and Llanwern in Newport. Following a planning meeting with the Heads of both departments, Chris developed a presentation that he delivered on 28 June.

He illustrated a truly international career developing a client base and support in France; Canada and the Middle East, there was an interactive game based on Science, pupils delivered questions in French to Chris. They were truly engaged and for every pupil’s career aspiration, he connected the importance of both STEM and MFL.

At Llanwern School Ambassador Annabel Parsons presented to both STEM and MFL classes on her career background utilising a degree in French to support French customers of Tata Steel. Knowledge of the technical issues; applications of the steel and conversing with engineers in a foreign language are a daily part of her work.

Annabel is seen at her presentation talk and assisting the pupils with the interactive game.

CILT have proved marvellous partners in the project with excellent communication standards and professional co-ordination.

In both schools, teachers and pupils alike were impressed and enlightened by the Ambassadors, as evidenced by the pupils’ and teachers’ feedback.

The most exotic location for an Ambassador’s induction?

Do we live in the most beautiful though challenging country in the UK? Meeting in a mutually convenient place and time is challenging when arranging inductions! This was the case when Heather Hall had to find a suitable place between Porthmadog and Llwyngwril to meet up with Paul Dunn and Caroline Hudgell for an induction.

Could the prize for the most unusual location for an induction be Llywngwril beach?

Any challengers please send a photo!

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Other feedback on Ambassadors this month

Send us your feedback

  • STEMNET wants to hear from Ambassadors about their experiences of working with schools or in higher/further education. To leave feedback on any event (whatever your experience may be) you can complete an online form here.
  • STEMNET also wants to hear from teachers and schools. Has your school taken advantage of the STEM Ambassador scheme? If you have, leaving your feedback here will help STEMNET fine-tune the service to meet the needs of teachers and schools.

Ambassador induction meetings

The next series of inductions will take place on the following dates – to book a place contact ambassadors@see-science.co.uk. Newly-registered Ambassadors must attend an induction meeting and bring their ID documents with them. Approved Ambassadors are also welcome to attend.

Other dates can be arranged if none of the above are suitable – contact ambassadors@see-science.co.uk.

Current schools requests for Ambassador support

For 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. If you are able to contribute to any of the following requests, or would like more details about them before deciding, please contact ambassadors@see-science.co.uk.

  1. Careers talks on Forensic Science; Environmental Sciences; Plant Propagation or Animal Husbandry. St John Baptist School Aberdare. Flexible dates. More information…
  2. Mock Interviews – all professions. Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni, LLangefni Anglesey. Week commencing 8 October. More information…
  3. Bridging the Gap – Engineering Training Session. Techniquest Glyndwr, Wrexham. 24 September 9am – 3pm. More information…
  4. World of Work – all professional expertise. Ysgol Friars Bangor, 18 October. Ysgol Uwchradd Caergybi (Holyhead High) Holyhead, 7 November. More information…
  5. Low Carbon Economies and the world of Careers. Neuadd Hugh Owen Bangor University. 25 October. More information…
  6. STEM Focus Week. Cefn Hengoed School Winch Wen Swansea. Mid October date tbc. More information…
  7. Rockets and Trail Blazers Science and Engineering Club support. Bishop Vaughan School, Morriston. Autumn term. periodic support. More information…
  8. Enterprise in Business – an Apprentice-style challenge. Strawberries and Chocolate. Radyr Comprehensive, Cardiff. 5 September. More information…
  9. Enterprise in Business – an Apprentice-style challenge. Michaelston Community College, Cardiff. 5 September. More information…
  10. Organic Chemists – your company is needed at Royal Society of Chemistry events! Swansea University, 18 September. Pontypridd, 20 September. Cardiff. 26 September. More information…
  11. Dragons Den is back! Stanwell School Archer Road Penarth. 18 September 8.30am – 12.30pm. More information…
  12. Careers Convention. Llandarcy Academy of Sport Llandarcy, Neath. Thursday 27 September. More information…
  13. Parlez-vous Science? Locations and dates in agreement with Ambassadors across Wales. If you were inspired by the report of Chris and Annabel in the lead article, we would welcome further participation from Ambassadors who are competent in a second language or have worked internationally in any capacity. More information…
  14. Chemistry in the Workplace. School visits to business and industry sought. November and December. More information…
  15. Careers Fair – Welsh as a Career Tool. YGG Plasmawr Tyllgoed Cardiff. 7 September 9.00am – 3.00pm. More information…
  16. STEM and Modern Foreign Languages Focus Group. St David’s College Penylan Cardiff. Mid-September onwards. More information…

Other Ambassador opportunities

For more information on each of these other opportunities, follow the link. This will take you to the relevant section on the Other STEM Ambassador opportunities web page.

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