Dear Ambassadors

Sometimes we must have ‘Men in White Coats’ representing STEM activities!

Here are two very contrasting events at which our Ambassadors demonstrated that ‘Men in White Coats’ deliver right across the education spectrum.

Medicine and Chemistry Day

Dr. Joel Loveridge is pictured with A level students at a marvellous busy day ‘Medicine and Chemistry’. This took place on April 19 at Swansea University. Schools involved were Morriston Comprehensive; Bishop Gore; Pembroke College; Coleg Sir Gar; Gorseinon; Ammanford and Neath College.

The sessions were based on practical demonstrations of the adaptation of simple chemistry concepts in the world of medicine.

Joel developed an experiment for the pupils to test ‘urine’ for diabetes. Pupils tested a series of solutions containing varying amounts of glucose, which replicated real life conditions and methods of testing diabetes in patients. Fortunately no actual urine samples are required when you are a practical chemist!

Science of Cooking Masterclass

Challenging Heston Blumenthal with some competition was Ambassador Anthony Rhodes.

Here Anthony is holding a ‘Science of Cooking’ Masterclass for the young science club pupils of Machynlleth County Primary School on April 3. Anthony demonstrated a popular theme ‘Cooking with Cup Cakes’ and even managed to include his specialist subject as a Rocket Scientist making rockets using baking powder!

Katarina, the teacher who organises the Holiday Club, commented: “The children really enjoyed Anthony’s visit and we did take photos. Many thanks for ensuring this type of activity is possible for a setting such as ours!”
Sian Ashton signatureMachynlleth is a rural primary school with 230 pupils enrolled.

Radio interviews with Rhys

Rhys PhillipsAmbassadors struggling to find a suitable activity can always contact Rhys Phillips and volunteer for a radio interview from the comfort of your home.

You can follow Rhys Phillips Radio Cardiff Show ‘Pythagoras Trousers’ at www.radiocardiff.org/rhysphillipsprofile.html.

Also check out Rhys’ interviews at CERN – http://networking.stemnet.org.uk/blog/trip-cern

What’s my line at St Cyres School Penarth

Many thanks to the strong team of Ambassadors who supported the event this year: Mo Misra, Jessica Watts, Stephanie Houghton, Daniel Minto, Chris Lowe, Mike Mallen, David Tee and Martyn Jones.

Peter Trevitt, CEO Techniquest and a STEM Ambassador, commented: “I attended St Cyres Comprehensive School for a What’s My Line event organised by Martin Blamey of Careers Wales. The activity is based on an old TV panel game of the same name where four celebrities had to try and guess the occupations of various contestants by asking a series of questions to which the contestant could only answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’! Our class of year 9s were faced with: a Jumbo Jet maintenance apprentice, a structural engineer, a specialist in scratch resistant coatings and myself, CEO of the Techniquest science centre. Not surprisingly, they needed a few clues to pin down what our jobs were, but enjoyed the game and were fascinated by what we did.

“The impression I think they gained was that we were ordinary people like them, doing jobs that were far more varied, interesting and enjoyable than they would have imagined. They could see that all four jobs were important and had relevance to their own lives.”

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.

School Ambassador requests

For more information on each request, follow the 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 information about them, please contact ambassadors@see-science.co.uk.

  1. Students requesting a week of Work Experience at any organisation or institution. Cardiff area. Week commencing 9 July or 16 July. More information…
  2. Physiology Workshops. Across Wales and the South West. Dates tbc. More information…
  3. Lunch time session on medical-related professions with A level students. Medical Physics Department, Heath Hospital, Cardiff. 29 June 12.00pm – 1.30pm. More information…
  4. Ambassadors with knowledge of working in the nuclear or energy-supply industries. Ysgol Y Gader Dolgellau. Monday 2.15, Wednesday’s 8.45–10am or 1.30–2.15pm any week. More information…
  5. High Ropes – a 3 day workshop challenge. Ambassador support for the pupils. King Henry 8th School Abergavenny. 9, 11 & 12 July – any amount of time on any day welcomed. More information…
  6. Olympic Maths and Science – a springboard event! St Richard Gwyn School Barry. 26 June – any attendance during the day welcomed. Pupils will be engaging in experimental activities based on how maths and science impact on Olympic Sport. More information…
  7. Eco Day. John Beddoes School, Presteigne, Powys. 4 July. More information…
  8. Support for CREST project/ STEM Club /Physics projects. Bishop of Hereford School, Hereford. Continual dates as convenient to Ambassadors. More information…
  9. Class presentation / science club support / practical workshop. Afon Taf School Merthyr Tydfil. Dates to suit Ambassador availability. More information…
  10. Urdd Eisteddfod Craft and Science Pavilion. Urdd Caernarvon June 5–9. More information…
  11. Olympic Fashion Show. St Teilo’s School Llanedyren Cardiff. Tuesday 10 Wednesday 11 July. Year 7 will be designing and making outfits for the 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony. More information…
  12. Pre work experience morning. Mary Immaculate Catholic High School, Ely. 19 June. 9.00am – 1.40pm. More information…
  13. Prepare for Work Day. Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School, Merthyr Dyfan Road, Barry. Friday 22 June 8.50am – 1.10pm. More information…
  14. Science, Engineering Maths and the Olympics. St Richard Gwyn School Barry. 26 June. More information…
  15. The Science of Cosmetics workshop. Brynteg Bridgend. 30 May, Ysgol Bryn Castell School Llangewydd Rd. Bridgend. 31 May. More information…
  16. The Science of Windpower workshop. Bryntirion School Bridgend. 1 June and 15 June. More information…
  17. Guest speakers for Science Activity Day. Bishop Hedley School Merthyr Tydfil. 27 June. More information…
  18. The Alternative Olympics Day. Newbridge Comprehensive School Caerphilly. End June – date tbc. Competitive games with a difference. More information…
  19. Careers Day. Heolddu Comprehensive School, Bargoed. 17 July. More information…
  20. Maths and my Future. St Martin School, Caerphilly. Lewis Girls School Ystrad Mynach. Flexible dates to Ambassadors’ convenience. 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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