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January 2014

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Dear Ambassadors

A very Happy and Prosperous New Year to all STEM Ambassadors!

My first words must be a huge vote of thanks to all 1,300 of you in Wales. Without your dedication and expertise the aims of the Programme would be unachievable.

STEMNET is currently compiling a major report on the impact and values in real terms of your participation. The report will be delivered in 2015 to the UK government, but the results to date are very encouraging – you can read them here.

Rather than take too much of your time before the important sections on future induction meetings, current requests and opportunities, Sian Ashton signaturehere are some images from events in recent months.

STEM Ambassadors power to success at STEMNET Awards 2013

A great achievement once more for our STEM Ambassadors at the annual STEMNET Awards at the House of Lords. Recognition of outstanding contribution was given to:

Toyota rallies the crowds!

Rally of WalesOn Thursday 14 and Friday 15 November more than 700 students from schools across Wales and Cheshire visited the Rally of Wales Service Park at the Deeside.

Rally of WalesAt the Rally, students had an exciting and memorable experience to inspire and motivate them to continue with the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Companies and professional bodies taking part included: Toyota UK, Airbus, I.Mech.E. Bangor University, JCB, Techniquest, UPM, Institute of Physics, Boxford, HJ Motor Sports, DRB, and Glyndwr University, Engine Plant.

STEM Ambassador Gary Bawden

Young Miss Wood takes her first steps into STEM

Baby Elana WoodMany congratulations to STEM Ambassador Dr Clare Wood, returning from maternity leave with proof of production! Clare kindly provided a photo of baby Elena with her first Engineering activity.

VIP visits to Cadoxton School

David Bacon at CadoxtonDavid Bacon has performed the role of a UK Diplomat in European circles – and at this event he was a VIP visitor in his first presentation as a STEM Ambassador.

David is the Head of the Science Division at the Welsh Government, which gives us confidence that politicians are very supportive of what is a most crucial initiative for our young people.

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 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.

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 ambassadors@see-science.co.uk.

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.

  1. Penarth. Primary Teachers CPD session support. Wednesday 22 January. Primary teachers will be attending a session that builds confidence in the delivery of STEM subjects to primary pupils. Ambassadors who can contribute their experience and expertise will add much value to this event. Informal discussion and debate with no preparation required. More information…
  2. Wrexham. Literacy and Numeracy Day. 17 January. The school is planning a day of activities designed to enthuse pupils in Years 7-9 with the values of literacy and numeracy. The teacher would very much value the input / participation of Ambassadors in any capacity. More information…
  3. Denbigh. Careers Fair. 12 March. The school is planning a mini careers fair and is seeking the involvement of representatives from a wide background of both STEM and other areas to provide a lively and full spectrum occasion. More information…
  4. Wales-wide. Biosciences Mentor request for project Award. A sixth form pupil is attempting to achieve a Gold CREST Award in a Bioscience subject. The project topic is not yet decided, but he would very much benefit from expert input and infrequent contact by email or phone or Skype. More information…
  5. Wrexham. Not NEET any more! Careers inspiration event. 3 April. The ‘Grango’ Cluster of Primary and Secondary schools will be visiting the Theatre Stiwt to meet a selection of inspirational people with the aim of encouraging a realistic and positive approach to their future career paths. Can you help to address a major challenge for our young people? More information…
  6. Caerphilly. Physics has more than one language! Flexible dates. The teacher is very keen to host a Physicist or STEM Ambassador with a physics application background with bilingual skills in any foreign language. More information…
  7. Caerphilly. The Apprentice in Engineering. Flexible dates. Industrial engineers with career paths or information about the invaluable qualifications gained by apprenticeships are very much sought for a sixth form audience at Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni. More information…
  8. Fishguard. Annual Ambassador Fest! 6 February. Ambassadors from all and every discipline warmly welcomed to host a 40 minute session on their career. You may bring a practical exercise, tools, materials as you choose. More information…
  9. Barry. STEM Week celebration activities. Week commencing 17 March. Looking for Ambassadors to provide challenges / talks / exciting presentations in celebration of NSEW Week 2014. More information…
  10. Fishguard. Materials Matter! NSEW week preparation. 11-21 March. Bro Gwaun would be grateful for support from Ambassadors with a series of activities for all secondary school levels focused on Physics and Chemistry involving simple experiments on Solids Liquids and Gases. More information…
  11. Anglesey. STEM in my world. Spring Term all dates on offer. This teacher is keen to host STEM Ambassadors from a wide range of careers to show how STEM is truly open to all pupils and not just an ‘elite few’. More information…
  12. Harlech. Wind Power Activity Day. 20 March. Support and hopefully some professional expertise is sought for this proactive teacher who is running a Wind Power Discovery Day for Year 9 pupils. More information…
  13. Carmarthen. Carmarthen Schools Careers Convention. 4 March. The aim of the day is to raise awareness of the many opportunities that await young people who can offer the right skills to employers. We are looking for Ambassadors who can promote their professional careers / employer / research /apprenticeships. More information…
  14. Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan. Mock Interviews. 17-21 February. Year 11 pupils – sample interview questions will be provided prior to the session but you are encouraged to adapt the session to your field of expertise. More information…
  15. Wales-wide. Lab in Lorry rolls into Wales! January-March 2014. This popular interactive experience needs STEM Ambassadors, who are the only volunteers accredited to support the sessions. The organisers offer full preparation on the day and introduction to the mobile lab’s quality engaging experiments, so that Ambassadors can provide guidance and discussion for KS 3 and 4 pupils. More information…
  16. Gwent. Chemistry at Work event. Week commencing 10 February. Employers who can illustrate the importance and relevance of chemistry in their business or research are very much welcomed to attend this event. The event will show a positive image of the chemical sciences, presenting chemistry as exciting, interesting and wealth-creating – and in great demand by the wealth-creating sector. More information…
  17. Bridgend. Exciting the Primaries! Bryntirion Comprehensive Transition Day. 11 February. Year 6 pupils will be visiting their new secondary school for the first time. To make this a happy and fun occasion Ambassadors will be welcome to attend and take sessions during the day on an aspect of science that will interest the pupils. More information…
  18. Caerphilly. Inspiring the Girls in STEM. Flexible dates to suit Ambassadors. A subject talk on any inspiring STEM topic area with a focus on the importance of studying STEM for girls. The pupils are particularly interested in Astronomy, but would appreciate all offers of support. More information…
  19. Treorchy. STEM Ambassador Impact Days. Various dates. All STEM Ambassadors are very welcome to add interest and excitement to the school events. More information…
  20. Caerleon. Careers Convention. Thursday 13 February. This is an event for GCSE and AS level pupils and their parents to meet employers from a wide variety of skilled disciplines. STEM Ambassadors are welcome to participate with informal dialogue, or a stand if you wish to promote your employer. More information…
  21. Flint. Maths in Action activity development. Dates negotiable with Ambassadors. Looking to meet Ambassadors from all STEM backgrounds to share thoughts and ideas on developing activities for Year 10/11 GCSE maths pupils which will show how Maths is used in business and industry. More information…
  22. Caerphilly. A Carousel of Ambassadors. 8 April. Six Ambassadors are sought to meet pupils for a 15 minute exchange with a short talk on their ownSTEM background / career path. More information…
  23. Swansea. Maths Conference hosts. 5 February. The FMSC will pay some expenses for Ambassadors who can assist as a host at their University Conference. The Ambassador's role will be to meet and greet adding the professional image to the event. More information…
  24. Powys. STEM – Modern Foreign Languages session. Dates to suit Ambassadors. The school wants to arrange a visit from French speaking STEM Ambassador. More information…

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