Become a STEM ambassador

MHA Skills Community

Do you want to inspire the next generation, give something back to your community and help fill the growing skills gap? Then why not become a STEM ambassador?

STEM ambassadors promote the study of and careers in the Science, Engineering, Technology and Maths industries.

Why become a STEM ambassador?

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  • engage, inspire and enthuse young people about STEM
  • encourage young people to consider STEM careers and qualification
  • help improve academic achievement in STEM subjects
  • help develop employability skills in young people
  • give teachers and young people a unique perspective on how  STEM subjects are used in the world of work

STEM ambassadors can benefit by:

  • enjoying a sense of achievement
  • facing a different challenge from everyday work
  • challenging stereotypes which young people have about STEM subjects and related careers
  • gaining a fresh perspective on day-to-day work when seen through the eyes of students
  • helping to make a difference in the local community
  • developing new skills and confidence

 

What do STEM ambassadors do?

STEM ambassadors can get involved in a  range of activities, which can all have an impact on young people’s learning and enjoyment of STEM, including:

  • giving careers talks or helping at careers fairs20160304_113319
  • providing technical advice or practical support to STEM projects in the classroom
  • supporting projects in after-school STEM Clubs
  • judging school STEM competitions
  • speed networking with pupils, parents and teachers
  • devising or delivering practical STEM experiments or demonstrations – help with devising practical activities is available
  • helping students with mock job interviews

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STEMNET’s regional and local network keeps STEM ambassadors up to date with the wide range of opportunities and requests that we receive from teachers and schools.

You can choose to volunteer for any of the activities, in the regular emails and updates, or you can come up with your own ideas. We only ask that you commit to a minimum of one activity per year. Many of our volunteers are able to do a lot more and often get involved in a number of STEM events and initiatives. We appreciate and value every contribution that is made.

If you are over the age of 17 with skills or interest in science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics you can register as a STEM ambassador. The most important qualities in STEM ambassadors are that they are enthusiastic and positive role models for STEM subjects and careers.

For information on how to register as a STEM ambassador or to find out more please email mhaskills@leics.gov.uk or visit www.stemnet.org.uk