STEM Ambassadors volunteer their time and support to promote STEM subjects to young learners in a vast range of original, creative, practical and engaging ways. There are thousands of brilliant and inspiring volunteers helping to support the STEM curriculum and raise awareness of STEM careers, by revealing how essential STEM is throughout the world.
STEM Ambassadors cross all ages and backgrounds, represent over a vast spectrum of different employers across the UK. They help open the doors to a world of opportunities and possibilities which come from pursuing STEM subjects and careers. They not only inspire young people; they also support teachers in the classroom by explaining current applications of STEM in industry or research.
This engaging and interactive programme involves a series of six workshops and practical experience through volunteering opportunities. Year 12 and 13 students develop the key skills and knowledge to become STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, arts and maths) Ambassadors through two-hour workshops on communication, managing challenging behaviour, presentation skills, leadership, health and safety and safeguarding. The activities as part of these workshops range from learning science busking tricks, building a structurally sound tower under specific constraints to doing real time risk assessment and planning their own activity.
To complete the programme students must also take part in 20 hours of voluntary activities as a STEM/STEAM Ambassadors. These may range from supporting classroom-based learning, taking younger students through a competition process or supporting at the Big Bang event.
Volunteering opportunities are available, dependant on areas and we encourage participating schools to promote these to their students taking part in the training programme.
We have events taking place throughout the year, requiring people to become STEM/STEAM Ambassadors and support the learning we offer to young people. Please see the link below for further information.