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November 2013

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Dear Ambassadors

As the Autumn Term gets under way STEM Ambassadors in Wales are busier than ever. In this newsletter we look at the continuing popularity of STEM foreign language workshops, say a big 'diolch' to Lisa Morgan as she hands over the Ambassador baton at Magnox Sites – and find out how a Powys STEM Ambassador is helping to safeguard the future of the planet!

Looking for an opportunity to get involved? Then check out the many requests from schools for Ambassador support, or details of the possible opportunities for Ambassadors that other organisations have passed on to us. Sian Ashton signatureIf you are a new STEM Ambassador, or an existing Ambassador wanting to refresh your practice, we also have details of all forthcoming induction meetings.

STEMNET says ‘Thank You’ and ‘Diolch’ to STEM Ambassador Lisa Morgan

Lisa MorganIf you have not worked at an industrial site, the challenges of communication and coordination in such workplaces may not be obvious. Smooth and efficient communication relies on robust systems; clear and transparent dialogue with diverse departments and an ability to motivate people to work cooperatively.

Over the last years we have been very fortunate and grateful to Lisa Morgan at Magnox Sites, who has been the key contact and facilitator of the STEM Ambassadors and Educational Outreach Programme. For any manufacturing site the priority has to be production and safe working, Lisa has had to balance carefully the support that Ambassadors offer to schools with the requirements of her Employer Magnox Ltd. Without such support we would have no STEMnet Programme to offer, and like many in similar roles at STEM workplaces, we are eternally grateful for Lisa’s dedication and enthusiasm.

Lisa MorganWhen Lisa informed us that her role at Magnox was changing and the co-ordination of their Ambassadors was no longer her remit, we decided to make a special request to STEMNET London HQ and commission a certificate of commendation and thanks. They were more than happy to provide this for Lisa – a Welsh version was also prepared.

On 4 October, Keith Jones, our See Science representative in North Wales, paid a surprise visit to Wylfa where the capable Tracy Gaskell had arranged a meeting for Lisa with her manager.

The Torch now passes to Tracy Gaskell at Wylfa, I am pleased that again we have continuity of a really good working relationship!

Photo 1: Andrew Taylor – Head of Project Delivery, Wylfa; Steph Fell – Power & Safety Programme Manager, Wylfa; Lisa Morgan – Administrative Assistant, Power & Safety Dept. Wylfa; Keith Jones – See Science.

Photo 2: Lisa Morgan; Keith Jones.

Viva Española at Tonypandy

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).

Anabel Morte Rodenas at TonypandySTEM foreign language workshops continue to be in high demand. Teachers are now asking more often for Ambassadors with foreign language skills to visit their school, and the range of languages requested is also increasing.

At Tonypandy Community College, the pupils are studying Spanish. So the request was for Spanish speaking Ambassadors to possibly deliver a session that also addressed STEM challenges.

Step forward Dr Anabel Morte-Rodenas and Dr Paola Moffa Sanchez! Anabel and Paola designed and delivered a bespoke workshop, which certainly engaged and enlightened the Year 9 audience and teachers.

STEM Ambassador Paola Moffa Sanchez at Tonypandy Community CollegeThe session started with an overview of Barcelona and Valencia, Anabel and Paola’s home cities. References to football players and teams being obligatory! Following this, the pupils worked in teams on a Geology Challenge. Each team had to identify a set of rock and mineral samples, translating the descriptions of the samples into Spanish. The session concluded with a discussion of the Rock Cycle and the geological composition of each sample.

I attended the workshop myself; it was really impressive. The pupils engaged for the entire workshop and teachers extremely appreciative – STEM and Language teachers discussing the obvious merits of widening skills amongst their pupils. It is good to witness cross – department support for these events. A huge ‘thank you’ to Anabel and Paola, their first Ambassador visit to a school, and a very successful impact.

CiLT Cymru is compiling an evaluation on the follow up feedback.

Photo 1: Anabel Morte Rodenas at Tonypandy; Photo 2: Paola Moffa Sanchez at Tonypandy.

A STEM Ambassador appearance in the Metro causes an impact – asteroid watch in Mid Wales!

STEM Ambassador Jay Tate

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STEM Ambassador Jay Tate, of The Spaceguard Centre Knighton, appeared in the commuters’ favourite news read The Metro on November 4.

He is the UK’s only official asteroid lookout since the National Space Centre closed its information centre when the UK Space Agency cut its funding. He has a direct line to bosses at Nasa, and is currently tracking several asteroids that may come close to Earth. He has even had a mention on Have I got News for You!

Read the full article here.

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.

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. Carmarthen, Newcastle Emlyn and Swansea. Mock Interviews: November through March 2014. STEM Ambassadors are invited to attend as interviewers at the following events. Questions will be supplied but Ambassadors will also bring their own expertise to the interview. More information…
  2. Swansea, Haverfordwest, Cardiff, Bangor. Winter Study Days: Maths engagement games and workshops. Hosting, supporting and engagement with pupils. November and December dates. STEM Ambassadors are warmly invited to act as hosts, mentors, and support in these lively interactive Maths sessions. Further Maths Support Programme Wales will present the sessions therefore STEM Ambassadors will not be required to provide maths expertise. More information…
  3. Tredegar. Careers options evening. Ambassador informal meetings with pupils and parents. 5 December 6-8pm. This is a school where double science is an ‘option’! The science teachers were very grateful for the attendance at this event last year. More information…
  4. Tredegar. RAF / Military / Aerospace Ambassador motivational presence sought. Dates to suit Ambassador before 5 December. The teacher would like to raise awareness of the opportunities in these professional areas for pupils wishing to enter technology through Apprenticeships /HND /OND. Any days / dates would be very welcome. They would like the visit prior to Options Selection as many of these pupils drop vital subjects. Specialists in these areas gratefully welcome to contact me at ambassadors@see-science.co.uk. More information…
  5. Powys. STEM – MFL (French) Foreign Language specialist visit. November or December. If you have French language skills and would consider a visit they would be extremely happy! Mondays preferable but open to offers. More information…
  6. Rhondda Cynon Taf. Physics comes to life! Flexible Dates to suit your schedule. Following Anabel and Paola’s visit to the school, the physics teacher is seeking a physicist who could bring a new dimension to his lessons and show the practical applications of physics in a profession. More information…
  7. Cardiff. KS3 pupils STEM Club. Ideas and visit. Wednesdays 3.00-3.45pm. One or more visits as preferred. The Biology teacher has experience of working in schools with ‘hard to reach’ pupils. She found the most impact with these pupils comes through STEM Club participation. STEM Ambassadors’ ideas or a visit to the Club to meet the pupils and perhaps assist with an Activity, are welcome. More information…
  8. Bridgend. Electricity for Little People. Dates after half term to December. Year 5 pupils (9 years old) are studying Electricity from November – December. They will be covering Bulbs; Circuits; Switches & The Grid. If you can enlighten these 28 young people, and have some time to visit the school we could provide you with a Kit (Bright Sparks) to take for practical demonstrations. More information…
  9. Merthyr Tydfil. Amplifying the Amplifier! MP3 build project fun activity. Flexible dates after half term. The pupils are assembling an MP3 Amplifier from Kitronic. It will be built during their lunchtime Club and submitted as their CREST project. They would value an Ambassador visit to take part one lunchtime and support their efforts. One visit would be sufficient. More information…
  10. Powys. Meet the Ambassador Careers days. Dates in negotiation with availability of Ambassadors. With the support of their PGCE STEM Ambassador, the school are planning to hold Careers Days modelled on the popular ‘Carousel Theme’ run at other schools. They are looking for contact with any STEM Ambassador who has an interest in meeting the pupils from the school. More information…
  11. Wrexham. Make it Move: the Science of Transport. Dates in negotiation with availability of Ambassadors. Teachers attended a course on building moving models. They are now attempting to supervise their pupils in the build of any moving model, and would value STEM Ambassador input! More information…
  12. Vale of Glamorgan. Potions: Chemistry for the Sorcerer’s Apprentices. Any date in November. The teacher would value extra confidence with the support of a STEM Ambassador in demonstrating practical chemistry to her Key Stage 2 pupils. More information…
  13. Cardiff. Maths and my Professional Life. Flexible dates – all offers gratefully appreciated!. A further call for an Ambassador visit to the top set of pupils in Years 10 or 12 of this school. The Head of Maths is aiming to retain her top set of pupils to continue with Maths as a qualification. The challenge is to demonstrate the importance and relevance of Maths in a variety of STEM careers. More information…
  14. Flint. Careers evening for Year 11 post 16. Wednesday 4 December 4-7pm. A cross section of employers is sought for this event, to introduce the parents and pupils to the real world of local employers and careers opportunities. You may attend to meet and socialise informally or, if you wish to promote your business / organisation, please bring information / resources. More information…
  15. Bridgend. Exciting the Primaries!. Tuesday 11 February 2014. Year 6 (10 & 11 year old) pupils from Bryntirion feeder primaries will be paying their first visit to the school. To ‘entertain’ and excite the pupils the teacher hosts a day of different sessions by the police, fire, military and paramedics. More information…
  16. Caerphilly. Chemistry at Work. Employers sought! w/c 10 February 2014. Interactive workshop sessions. Four employers are sought to take part in Chemistry at Work Day. Oakdale School or Blackwood School are potential hosts for this event. Chemistry at Work events offer pre-16 year school students the opportunity to appreciate the place of chemistry in everyday life and the world of work, with particular emphasis on what is happening in their local area. More information…
  17. Cardiff. Switching on to Science. Dates to suit Ambassadors November–January 2014. Kate Parsons, primary teacher, has two young classes who are in real need of positive role models to engage and excite them in STEM subjects. Meeting an Ambassador was highly recommended as a means of encouraging connections with the relevance of science to everyday life. More information…
  18. Haverfordwest. Chemistry Connections. November 18–22 any day. Attempting once more to source a chemist for this school in Pembrokeshire. Do you have an interest or specialism in Chemistry? This school would really like to host an interesting visit with a topic talk on a chemistry related subject. More information…
  19. Wales-wide. Lab in Lorry Roving the Region! January and February 2014. The first tour dates have been set. Lab in a Lorry needs Ambassador assistance. This is a mobile lab with interactive demonstrations and experiments. Training will be given. The Demonstrations are easy to facilitate, motivation and encouragement are the key remits! More information…
  20. Wrexham & Flint. Mock interviews and Careers Days. December – April. Ambassadors will require no preparation to attend these events. A series of Mock Interviews or support for pupil teams during skills days. More information…
  21. Treorchy. A Season of STEM Ambassadors. January–March 2014. The Head of Science is planning a season of STEM Ambassador visits. He is seeking STEM Ambassadors from all subjects to contribute to the following events: Year 8 STEM Day 23 January (4 sessions); Industry Day 13 February; Year 9 STEM Day 12 March (4 sessions). More information…
  22. Newport. Specialist Ambassador visits. November–April 2014. The school is seeking Ambassadors who could add value and application insight to a series of STEM topics. I can provide specifics of the curriculum if needed. More information…
  23. Cardiff. Aerospace and Engineering Ambassador Insight. Dates to suit Ambassadors. Year 12 maths pupils (A level) are very keen to meet an Ambassador who can talk on their expertise/ career as an Engineer in any field of Aerospace or Aircraft industries. More information…

Back to top Ambassador opportunities – other organisations

STEM Ambassadors may be interested in the following 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. For more information, follow the link, which will take you to the other STEM Ambassador opportunities web page.

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