As a STEM ambassador, your role will involve meeting young people and helping them build a picture of what it’s like to work in your industry.
If you are passionate about inspiring the next generation of engineers by sharing your experiences with young people, you might be interested in becoming a STEM ambassador.
STEM ambassadors are either scientists, technologists, engineers or mathematicians.
As a STEM ambassador your role could range from speaking to children 5-16 years old and conducting an experiment, to judging a school STEM competition or helping at a careers’ fair.
This volunteering opportunity is provided by STEMNET, a national charity that delivers programmes creating opportunities for young people through STEM initiatives. We work extremely closely with STEMNET to raise awareness of the programme. This means that even more engineers have the opportunity to share their enthusiasm for engineering with children.
- You will be enthusiastic about STEM subjects and want to encourage young people to enjoy them
- You will be a scientist, technologist, engineer or mathematician
- You want to inspire young people, or support teachers in the classroom by explaining current applications of STEM in industry or research.
- You need to have an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (this used to be called a CRB check)
Meet a STEM ambassador
Keith is an active STEM ambassador, using these transferable skills in the workplace to mentor young apprentices whilst giving back to the engineering community.
What you will do
You will have an opportunity to get involved in a diverse range of activities that all have a positive impact on young people’s learning and enjoyment of STEM. These include:
- Giving careers talks or helping at careers fairs
- 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
- Helping students with mock job interviews
How you will benefit
- Be contributing towards your CPD
- Boost your professional skills, experience and confidence
- Be able to share your enthusiasm and passion for engineering with the next generation and inspire them
- Make a difference to young people and potentially open up a whole new career to them
- Make a worthwhile contribution to your community
How much time it will take
- You will need to be available during term time to visit a school
- You are expected to do one event a year as a minimum
How it works
- You must register as an Institution ambassador in the first instance
- The STEMNET team in your local area will contact you
- You will be given a free induction course
- You will need to complete a DBS check
- STEMNET will let you know about schools that need your help
about volunteering opportunities in schools.