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October 2012

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Dear Ambassadors

A challenge for teachers at OCD, Pencoed

A fantastic networking event was held on Wednesday 26 September at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics site, Pencoed, Bridgend.

Most people might know this company better by the parent name, Johnson & Johnson, and the manufacturing division of commercial products such as baby shampoo and Listerine. OCD, however, are manufacturers of clinical tests for hospitals and research facilities, and – most fortunately for us in Wales – now have 30 Ambassadors active in our Programme.

The enterprising minds at OCD decided to formulate a workshop activity for their Ambassadors to deliver at local schools which would take the ethos of a business game – packed with energy, challenges, real life application and fun!

To test the ‘market’ for their product – namely the schools – OCD Ambassadors showcased a prototype of this Activity to invited teachers at their site.

In addition to giving the teachers an opportunity to meet the Ambassadors in the impressive venue, the teachers (and STEMNET representatives!) were the willing participants in the Activity and were mentored through this by OCD Ambassadors.

Challenge is the operative word! The game seems straightforward: assemble a ‘mock diagnostic kit’ from Sticklebricks, to deliver to a client order. The client tests the kit for quality, accuracy and on time delivery.

Participants are allocated assemble roles and are given five minutes timed to deliver the correct order which invariably was rejected as ‘Failed Products’! Each team is given a few minutes to review their process in consultation with their ‘Manager’ and the game begins again until the teams achieve business success and marketable products.

Teachers attended from: Archbishop McGrath; Brynteg; Bryntirion; Cowbridge; Maesteg; Porthcawl; Pencoed. The event was warmly received with teachers asking to book the OCD Sticklebricks game as soon as they could.

As with all our other employers, this is surely a testament to the enthusiasm and ingenuity that is invested in Wales for the enormous benefit of school students.

Our thanks to OCD, and their engaging hospitality.

A quality event in West Wales

EmilyAt Narberth Food Festival on the weekend of 22/23 September I met up with Ambassador Emily Davies, a keen supporter of the organic farming principles. Emily is Marketing & PR Manager for Capestone Organic Poultry Ltd, who are based in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and supply Marks & Spencer with organic free-range chicken and chicken products.

Before the inevitable ‘Turkey Run’ at Christmas, Emily finds time to support Pembrokeshire Direct Produce, a not-for-profit co-operative of over 60 West Wales food producers, and is pictured with a ‘Harvest Festival’ of their superb produce. Emily is currently planning a series of nature trails and activities for school pupils in Pembrokeshire – and certainly illustrates a wide range of skills, enthusiasm and diversity in the programme.

Primary schools in Pembrokeshire are encouraged to make contact with Capestone to take advantage of this opportunity. For more information contact Emily on 01437 781247 or at info@capestoneorganic.co.uk.

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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.

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. Bangor. Low Carbon Economies and the world of Careers. Bangor University, 25 October. More information…
  2. Swansea. STEM Focus Week. Cefn Hengoed School Winch Wen, Swansea. Mid October date tbc. Speakers, presenters and assistance required during a week that will be dedicated to raising the profile and enthusiasm for Science Maths Engineering and Technology. A wide range of expertise will be welcomed as the school has recently assembled a STEM focus group to initiate increased uptake in the subjects. More information…
  3. Swansea. Rockets and Trail Blazers Science and Engineering Club support. Bishop Vaughan School, Morriston, Swansea. Autumn Term periodic support. Support and guidance sought from Ambassadors who can contribute to any of the following: Formula 1 Club KS3; Robots and Rockets KS4; Engineering Club KS4. More information…
  4. All Wales. Parlez-vous Science? Locations and dates in agreement with Ambassadors across Wales. More information…
  5. All Wales. Chemistry in the Workplace. School visits to business and industry sought. November and December. Our key contact Ambassador with the RSC is very keen to speak to industries and business with a connection to chemistry. More information…
  6. Wrexham. Lifestyle Choices and Health talk. Ysgol Y Grango Rhos, Wrexham. Flexible dates in Autumn term. The teacher is seeking Ambassadors to speak on the subject of how lifestyle choices such as smoking, diet, inactivity, drink and other such activities lead to health problems including diabetes, stress, anaemia etc. More information…
  7. St Asaph Denbigh. Workshop/Talk/Practical Activity. Ysgol Esgob Morgan Primary, St Asaph. Dates to suit Ambassadors. The teacher is a STEM enthusiast wishing to raise the profile in the school with a range of activities. An inspirational talk on the Ambassadors’ background followed by some sort of practical engagement is suggested. More information…
  8. Cardiff. Inspirational subject talk. Mary Immaculate School Wenvoe, Cardiff. February 2013. Year 9 options will be a critical period for STEM choices. The teacher would welcome inspirational talks from ambassadors of all STEM professions and at all qualification levels. This is very inclusive and they would welcome all proposals for the session. More information…
  9. Newport. Maths in the World Beyond School. St Joseph’s School Tredegar Park Newport. Autumn Term. Year 10 pupils keen to find out about the application of maths in any future career. More information…
  10. Bangor. My Career and Me. Ysgol Friars, Bangor. Autumn Term dates in consultation with Ambassadors. Year 12 & 13 pupils would appreciate a talk from Ambassadors on their professional life and the path ways into this. More information…
  11. Cardiff. NSEW Assembly Week. St Teilo’s School, Penylan, Cardiff. 15–24 March 2013. Following the amazing response from the school after this year’s NSEW assembly week they would like to repeat the same next year. They are seeking one Ambassador per day to address the assembly on a 20 minute presentation of their choice. More information…
  12. Cardiff. Talking to the World. ICT/ Telecommunications subject talk or workshop. Fitzalan School Leckwith Cardiff. Autumn 2012 / Spring 2013 The teacher would be keen on an interactive presentation or workshop at dates to suit the Ambassador. More information…
  13. Newport. Nature’s Web. Food Chains and the Natural World.St Joseph’s School, Tredegar Park, Newport. Autumn Term. A year 8 group (12/13 years old) of about 30 pupils will be the audience for an interactive discussion on Food Chains and Webs, or practical activities. More information…
  14. Rhondda Cynon Taf. Chemistry and Physics practical applications. Beddau – Tuesdays 2.05 -4.05pm. Bryncelynnog Comprehensive School – Fridays 11.20 – 1.20pm. The school is looking for somebody to come in to speak on techniques used in industry to a year 12 applied science class. More information…
  15. Vale of Glamorgan. Primary School NSEW collaboration of STEM Engagement. 15-19 March 2013. Romilly, Rhws, Barry Island and Cadoxton Primary Schools are collaborating for NSEW week 2013. More information…
  16. Cardiff. STEM and Modern Foreign Languages Focus Group. St David’s College, Penylan, Cardiff. Mid-September onwards. The college wishes to set up a cluster group linking their key departments in STEM and MFL to HE providers and industry or business. 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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