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Have you heard about the STEMNET Ambassador Programme?

...well I hadn't until I got involved with the Scottish CanSat Competition...

Through the competition, Paul directed me to a lovely lady in charge of the STEMNET Programme for the West of Scotland - Gail Penny from Science Connects - and the more I learn the more I think this is a great programme!

The STEMNET programme is funded by the Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills (BIS) and the Department for Education, and the STEM Ambassadors Programme has over 1,150 Ambassadors enrolled in the West of Scotland alone (one of 4 regions in Scotland).

According to the Science Connects website:

" Ambassadors are volunteers from a wide range of disciplines eg forensic science, geology, mechanical engineering, parasitology, statistics etc who want to share their enthusiasm for their careers to encourage pupils to take an interest in STEM Subjects in later stages of education.

Ambassadors can get involved in a number of diverse and innovative projects including:

Helping to provide support for activities such as Science and Engineering clubs; Helping with school competitions, events and awards; Offering mentoring and careers talks; Acting as a role model to young learners; Providing work-based placements for teachers and students

The Ambassador Programme is a FREE resource to teachers to help enhance and enrich STEM related activities through links with the "real world". "

In effect, volunteers - professionals, retired people, university students, or anyone really - with experience or interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and with the enthusiasm to work with school children - engage in school projects, competitions and requests for help to share their knowledge and experience, and show that science is accessible and fun.

As a STEM Ambassador, you need to participate in at least one event per year, but the rest is up to you (dependent on time and requests from schools). This can range from one meeting with a school to a full-blown competition engagement, and can involve children from 3-18 years linked to the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence.

Although I'm not from a STEM background, I'm hoping to share both my project management skills and distance/online learning experience. For me, this is currently focused on the Scottish CanSat Competition, but who knows what other project or activity schools will need help with next...

Yesterday I attended the training and disclosure session hosted at Glasgow University to become a STEM Ambassador, so now just waiting for disclosure and confirmation of status to come through.

I'd thoroughly recommend this to anyone - have a look at http://www.stemnet.org.uk for yourself and see if you can get involved!


Posted by Pauline on 11/18 at 10:32 AM in Fistral News and Feedback

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