Alexandra Guy - Graduate Engineer - Spirit Aerosystems

Issued: Thu, 28 May 2020 00:00:00 BST

Why did you decide to become a STEM Ambassador?

One of the main reasons I wanted to become a STEM ambassador was that I wanted to be able to inspire and encourage the younger generations to enjoy, and let them know about the available careers within STEM. As well as providing careers advice for secondary/university level.

I also believe that by doing this I can help break the stigma around females in STEM.

When I was younger I was interested in STEM but didn’t know what it was at the time, so it’s really encouraging to see this being more openly spoken about. So by providing that support is really rewarding.

My employer, Spirit Aerosystems have ‘Team Spirit’ where we also focus on STEM work, so being a STEM Ambassador really helps with this.

Which area of STEM are you most passionate about?

I couldn’t pin point one particular area, as I really find it all exciting and interesting. STEM is everywhere around us. So I enjoy speaking about STEM, and the opportunities it can provide, and my own experiences working within the aviation industry.  But I also really enjoy getting to do hands on activities!  

What is your favourite thing about being a STEM Ambassador?

My favourite thing probably has to be inspiring and encouraging people to take part in STEM activities, and explaining the ‘science’ behind the activity. But I also really enjoy getting to work with colleagues, with the preparation and setting up of different activities.  

Describe your favourite or most memorable activity so far:

One of my most favourite memories so far has to be taking a streamline session for a school who had previously had lessons from other companies on drag and other forces. It was really exciting to talk about something that they had quite a lot of knowledge on and further expanding on it. Then taking going through relevant activities, one included attaching some playdough shapes to string, and dropping them through a tube of water and timing it. This not only went through streamline shapes and resistance, but also taught the importance of experimental variables and constants for accuracy and fair testing, such as keeping the weights the same of each piece of dough, and discussing units (in this case it was seconds) 

What STEM Ambassador activities do you have planned for the future?

Currently working on developing different activities for a local nursery school. And I’m planning on doing more careers talks/advice. 

What advice would you give to new STEM Ambassadors?

It can be really daunting at first, but you get to develop skills that you wouldn’t in a workplace or in education. Every activity/session is different, and you always get some really interesting questions!

Most importantly make sure you have fun also! You’re inspiring the next generation!