What could a STEM Ambassador do for your young people?

STEM Ambassadors bring enthusiasm and support to classroom projects and youth groups, with both being able to benefit from access to quality-assured volunteers who can help in a variety of ways.

Via STEM Ambassadors, you can not only get support for enriching and enhancing the curriculum through activities or events, but you can also increase you own understanding of the career paths to which STEM subjects can lead. Schools and community groups can benefit from enhanced links with local business or individual volunteers with valuable skills.

STEM Ambassadors can help you to build the Science Capital of your young people, helping improve their life chances.

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 Learn more about Science Capital

Request a STEM Ambassador

Advertising an event you would like STEM Ambassador support for is easy - simply follow the steps below.

Register as a "teacher or technician" or "youth or community group" and submit your request online.

Select "Advertise your activity" and add as many details as possible to your activity to help volunteers know how they can support you. Find out more about creating an effective SA request.

Use the messaging tool to chat to Ambassadors that express an interest in your activity, and offer them the position if you and they decide they will attend.

After the activity is over provide us with some feedback about how everything went.

Although we can never guarantee than an Ambassador will be available to support your event, we will do everything we can to help.

Please be aware that the earlier you advertise your events ahead of time the better, as this will increase the likelihood that a STEM Ambassador will be able to add this to their diary. We always recommend advertising at least 6 weeks before an event.

Find a STEM Ambassador for your activity

STEP 1: Sign in at www.stem.org.uk/dashboard

STEP 2: Select "Advertise an activity" in the menu on your online dashboard, fill in the details by creating an effective SA request and publish your activity

STEP 3: STEM Ambassador will express an interest in your activity and you can offer them a place

STEP 4: Once the STEM Ambassador has accepted, click confirm and communicate through the integrated messaging tool to arrange the details for your activity

STEP 5: Complete your activity

STEP 6: Give us feedback on your activity

Spotlight on Royston Youth Action

Royston Youth Action (RYA) adventured into the theme of ‘Under the Sea’ during its summer holiday programme last year. More than 50 children between 5 and 12 years old explored Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths through games, activities and workshops designed to inspire problem-solving, creativity and physical activity. STEM Ambassadors supported RYA with weekly sessions over the full three weeks; harnessing the interests, ideas and diverse needs of the children while also preserving the programme’s marine theme.

Royston Youth Action first found out about the STEM Ambassador programme through social media sharing some of the wonderful work being carried out across the city. Intrigued to find out more, they met with the STEM Ambassador Coordinator in the West of Scotland Ambassador Hub to talk about how they could support their work. With their help, they advertised the holiday programme to local Ambassadors – and it wasn’t long before enthusiastic volunteers were getting in touch.

Prior to the sessions, the Ambassadors discussed the theme of the programme and potential aims. They created a session plan that could accommodate the theme of ‘Under the Sea’, as well as adapting to meet the needs of all the children that attended, who come from a number of diverse backgrounds, including age, culture, religion, education, as well as children with physical and mental health conditions.

“We could not recommend the STEM Ambassador programme enough for any organisation looking to explore science-related activities within their programme. With so many Ambassadors coming from diverse working backgrounds and areas of expertise, there will always be a skilled professional that can meet the needs of your community."

“These ambassadors have introduced children to a world of science beyond the school gates and made it fun along the way. This provides children with ambition and a sense of curiosity to explore science further, and we have used this experience to explore STEM further, and more specifically, build our programme around STEM-related projects.”

 

Young people taking part in STEM activities