Dear Ambassadors

This has been an excellent start to 2013, with Ambassadors engaged in many different activities across Wales in March and April.

Some of these events I was privileged to attend myself, while details of others have been kindly sent to me by Ambassadors from across the country.

There are larger versions of some (but not all) of the photos in this newsletter - click the small photo to view.

A researcher's insight at Cynffig Comprehensive

Treevor Hay at CynffigDr Trevor Hay visited Cynffig Comprehensive in Bridgend County during March. Head of Biology Dr Varuni Rathkey had placed a request for her Year 11 and A level Biology students to meet a STEM Ambassador who could provide an insight into careers in Biological Science other than the familiar medical professions.

This was Trevor's first engagement as a STEM Ambassador and mindful of the sensitive nature of his research into cancer genetics and the use of animals in research, he met with Varuni prior to the visit to preview his presentation.

Treevor Hay at CynffigThis proved very valuable and the final presentation was an excellent example of how to tackle such issues with a young audience. Consideration had to be made for any pupil whose family may have been affected by such diseases.

Really neat tools of engagement were used to ensure that the pupils were very much part of the dialogue and had to participate in the presentation too.

The session included a 'challenge' where the pupils viewed microscope slides as used in Trevor's research, identifying the type of cancer cells that each slide contained.

'More please!' was the feedback from Heads of Science at the school!

A natural gift for design

Willow ArchPaul DunnAt Ysgol Llanystumdwy Criccieth, Ambassador Paul Dunn worked with pupils and Head Teacher Cathryn Davies on his own 'Grand Design' project at the school. This was however a Sustainable Environment project!

Paul created a Willow Arch with the pupils at the Primary School, as pictured in the initial planting phase. A keen geologist and marine conservation champion, Paul is also an expert on stargazing, taking activity sessions for visitors in the North West peninsula.

It will be very interesting to see how the Arch develops during the Summer. As seen in the photo, his fellow workers look very pleased with their efforts!

STEM Ambassadors go global!

Elisabetta at Cardinal NewmanTwo amazing sessions were delivered yet again from our team of Ambassadors tackling the Languages in STEM initiative. This time there was a truly extensive use of multilingual skills!

Susan-at-Ysgol-Dyffryn-TeifiAt Cardinal Newman RC Comprehensive in Pontypridd, Ambassador Dr Elisabetta Canetta, a Biophysicist at Cardiff University, delivered a session focused using her fluency in French and of course her native Italian. A visit with a difference – as the pupils had to tackle a language that they were not studying and translate the challenges in two languages. Again a very well received delivery, with a very appreciative Headmaster calling in to express his support.

In Ysgol Dyffryn Teifi, the remit was to deliver the session to Welsh Medium pupils studying French at Year 9.

Susan Jones, Systems Engineer at Tata Steel, again stepped up for this challenge, and in Llandyssul last Monday it was a pleasure to see how grateful the teachers were to host the visit and the confidence of the pupils' in engaging with Susan in both Celtic Languages!

Engineers Without Borders

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Outstanding feedback was received from the EWB team. A sample of the comments following their workshops at schools is listed. 700 pupils experienced the practical engineering workshops. My thanks go to Ambassador Ben Krawiec for superb support and communications.

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Back to topAmbassador 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.

Back to topCurrent 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. Flintshire. Floating Garden Challenge. 8 May. St David's High School. The Floating Garden Challenge is a workshop devised by Practical action. More information…
  2. Gwynedd. STEM Clubs networking. 15 May, 4.00-6.30pm. Ysgol Eirias, Colwyn Bay. Ambassador would be a great asset to this exchange of ideas for STEM Clubs initiatives at the school. More information…
  3. Wrexham. STEM Clubs networking. 16 May. Ysgol Rhiwabon, Ruabon, Wrexham. Ambassador would be a great asset to this exchange of ideas for STEM Clubs initiatives at the school. More information…
  4. North East Wales. Maths in Construction. 22 May. Hawarden High School, Deeside. The aim of the event is to broaden the interest of the pupils in maths and demonstrate its use in the construction sector. More information…
  5. Cardiff. The Importance of Maths in Professional Life. May – dates to suit your schedule. Michaelston Community School, Ely. The teacher is seeking an Ambassador who can discuss the importance of a good GCSE grade with pupils in Year 11. More information…
  6. Llanelli. Science Club support. Any Thursday lunchtime in Summer Term. Coedcae School Llanelli. The teacher is looking for an Ambassador from any STEM discipline to visit the school on any Thursday lunchtime. More information…
  7. North East Wales. Gary the Clown is Here! Tuesday 11 June: Eyton Primary Wrexham; Wednesday 12 June: Ysgol Estyn Wrexham. Gary needs only your support and assistance in helping the pupils take on the interactive tasks. More information…
  8. South Wales. Summer placement request from Undergraduate STEM Ambassador. More information…
  9. Vale of Glamorgan. Biodiversity Day. 14 June. Cog Moors Education Centre, Dinas Powys. More information…
  10. Vale of Glamorgan. What's My Line? 5 or 6 June. St Cyres School. Penarth. Back by popular demand, the school is presenting this event again this year and now requires a panel of Ambassadors to play the game based on the TV show 'What's My Line'. More information…
  11. Vale of Glamorgan. Dragon's Den. Week commencing 3 June. St Cyres School Penarth. The teacher is seeking Ambassadors of all STEM disciplines to be the 'Dragons' on a panel. More information…
  12. Cwmbran. Solar or Wind Power Application and Technology. Flexible dates. Llantarnum School Torfaen. The teacher is seeking an Ambassador to present a talk on Solar Power or Wind Power supporting curriculum topics at KS4 level (14/15 years). More information…
  13. Monmouthshire. Inspiring Science Week. 3-7 June. Raglan Primary School are attempting their first Inspirational Science Week. More information…
  14. Neath. Sustainability talk. April-July, Wednesdays. Cefn Saeson Comprehensive School. This will be a short talk on your specialist subject related to Sustainability. More information…
  15. Torfaen. Applications of BTEC in various STEM professions. Flexible dates to suit Ambassadors. Fairwater High School. More information…
  16. Torfaen. Talk on Astronomy, Engineering or Medicine to GCSE pupils. Flexible dates to suit Ambassadors. Fairwater High School. More information…
  17. Torfaen. Medical Physics talk to A level pupils. Flexible dates to suit Ambassadors. Fairwater High School. More information…
  18. Torfaen. Languages and STEM session. Flexible dates to suit Ambassadors. Fairwater High School. More information…
  19. Carmarthen. World of Work Day. Friday 5 July. 'Meet the Ambassadors' day at Ysgol Bro Myrrdin, Croes Y Ceilog, Carmarthen. More information…
  20. Pembrokeshire. A Level Enterprise Day. 18 June, 9.30-11.30am. Sixth Form pupils have a one-week Enterprise project where they are to create and set up a company and present their report at the end of the week. More information…
  21. Pembrokeshire. Year 10 Enterprise Day. July 9, all day event. Pupils split into year groups are asked to create an idea for a business relating to 'Healthy Living', which may include any aspect from Food to Sports. More information…
  22. Wrexham. Meet the Ambassador. Flexible dates. The teacher is keen to give pupils as much opportunity as possible to meet people who can give a flavour of their workplace, through visits to classes, presenting at assemblies, or anything you might suggest. More information…
  23. Gwynedd. Rockets Workshop. 9-12 July (also negotiable dates in Summer Term if not available on these dates). Ysgol Uwchradd Tywyn. More information…
  24. Gwynedd. Aspects of STEM in Art and Textiles. Flexible dates in the Summer Term. Ysgol Uwchradd Tywyn. More information…
  25. Newport. Vision and STEM in Art. Flexible dates in negotiation up to Autumn Term. University of Newport Photography Department More information…

Back to topOther Ambassador opportunities

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

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