What could a STEM Ambassador do for your young people?
STEM Ambassadors bring enthusiasm and support young people in and out of the classroom. These valuable opportunities are free to access. They can help you to build the Science Capital of your young people, helping improve their life chances.
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.
Find out how Royston Youth Action benefitted from STEM Ambassadors.
Science Connects covers the following local authorities:
Argyll & Bute, Dumfries & Galloway, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, West Dunbartonshire.
Creating an account
To access STEM Learning resources, and advertise activties you would like STEM Ambassadors to support, you first need to create an account.
When signing up you have the option of registering as someone Working in education or as a Youth or community group leader:
- Working in education: if you are a teacher, technician, trainee teachers or working in an education setting (including colleges).
- Youth or community group leader: if you are the leader or manager or a youth, community group, or non-school group.
Select the account type appropriate for you, and you will be asked to complete a two-step form.
Once you have completed the form you will be sent an email asking you to confirm your email address.
Now you're ready to start advertising your activities!
Request a STEM Ambassador
Once you have created your account you are ready to request a STEM Ambassador.
As STEM Ambassadors are volunteers we can never guarantee someone will be able to support you, but the earlier you can advertise your event the greater the chance will be that someone can add it to their diary. We always recommend advertising with at least 6 weeks notice if possible. We will do everything we can to help find you support.
There are two ways to look for STEM Ambassadors:
1. Advertise your own activity for STEM Ambassadors to find.
2. View offers created by STEM Ambassadors.
|Advertise an activity|
|Step 1: Sign in at www.stem.org.uk/dashboard|
|Step 2: Select "Advertise an activity" in the menu on your dashboard, and fill in the details by creating an effective SA request.|
|Step 3: STEM Ambassadors will express an interest in your activity, you can then discuss this further with them usingthe messaging tool, including arranging the specifics of what you're looking for.|
|Step 4: Once you are happy you can offer this activty to the STEM Ambassador, and they can provide what you are looking for, you can offer the position to the STEM Ambassador, which they will then need to accept.|
|Step 5: Complete the activtiy|
|Step 6: Give us feedback|
|View STEM Ambassador Offers|
|Step 1: Sign in at www.stem.org.uk/dashboard|
|Step 2: Select "Offers" and "Browse Offers" on your dashboard.|
|Step 3: Click on any offer to see more details.|
|Step 4: Once you have found a STEM Ambassador offer that you are interested in select "Express interest" found at the bottom of the page. This will send a message to the STEM Ambassador.|
|Step 5: You can view offers you have expressed interest in on your dashboard by selecting "Offers" and "My offers" on the menu.|
|Step 6: You and the STEM Ambassador can use the database to send a message to agree a date and time to run the activity|
|Step 7: Once this has been agreed the STEM Ambassador will accept the offer. You will then need to create an activity. To do this, navigate to the "My offers" section and the offer will have been updated to "Request accepted". Selecting this will give you the option to "Create an activity"|
|Step 8: Complete all the relevant information in the form. Once completed both you and the STEM Ambassador will receive a notification that the event has been completed.|
|Step 9: Complete the activity.|
|Step 10: Give us your feedback.|
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.”