STEM Ambassador Stories - Nigel Gill
Issued: Fri, 29 Mar 2019 15:59:00 GMT
Nigel Gill works at Rolls-Royce as a Process Specialist in Chemical Processing. Nigel has over 20 years experience in surface finishing chemistry, predominantly electroplating and associated processes. At Rolls-Royce Nigel has worked in chemical processing across both manufacturing and aero-repair and overhaul businesses, in addition to thermal spray coating deposition.
Why did you decide to become a STEM ambassador?
To promote the sciences, in particular chemistry, to the wider community and have 'hands on' practical sessions built in to encourage and motivate the school pupils to become involved, but with a sense of fun thrown in!
Which area of STEM are you most passionate about?
Most passionate about the learning, enjoyment and practical sessions we can have in chemistry – to me personally you learn more from being hands-on with skills that can be transferred and used in the workplace.
What is your favourite thing about being a STEM ambassador?
Seeing the enjoyment in the pupils with real world situations, encouraging them to be the decision makers, and promoting communication between everyone in the class.
Describe your favourite or most memorable activity ......
At Calderside Academy, Blantyre - real world chemical analysis and encouraging the pupils to be the decision makers was a great afternoon. Repeatability of result showed the pupils had a really impressive analytical ability at a young age.
What STEM Ambassador activity do you have planned for the future?
Calderside Academy visiting Rolls-Royce Inchinnan for a guided tour of everything from manufacture to repair/overhaul, through to an engine awaiting delivery to the customer. In addition we are doing a forging simulation exercise with clay and ‘build-an engine’ in 3 small groups of 4 – with the class teacher involved too!
What advice would you give to new STEM ambassadors?
Get involved - it is fun - you are guaranteed laughs! ........remember the next key scientist or engineer could have been inspired by you!