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Routes into Employment Events- What these are...

Routes Into Employment Events at schools have quickly become the Most popular in-demand careers events in schools. To an extent traditional careers fairs are fast becoming a thing of the past.

  • Routes into Employment events typically cater for a whole year group (actual year group depending on individual school's needs)
  • Routes into Employment are a bit like "careers speed dating", where in small groups of 3-4 pupils at a time they get the opportunity to speak to STEM Ambassadors.
  • Typically the school are provided with prompt questions for the pupils to use when speaking to a STEM Ambassador, and get the chance to ask simple questions about your career path, whether that be college, University, Apprenticeship Route etc. Questions vary but give Ambassadors the opportunity to tell pupils about your experience, subjects you studied at school, careers etc.
  • No preparation is required for STEM Ambassadors before these events, just a willingness to speak to young people who rotate every 7-10 minutes.
  • You are welcome to bring any company literature/stands if you wish, but equally if you don't have any, don't worry. Similarly if you are studying a STEM subject or just have a STEM interest but are not in active employment, that is fine to participate.
  • These events aimed at a whole year group rely on approx 25 STEM Ambassadors to allow the events to go ahead.

These events are also ideal for New or Novice STEM Ambassadors keen to engage with schools and young people, but are perhaps a bit nervous about carrying out your first activity.

You will also find some pictures on our Gallery Page of these events.


Post Activity STEM Ambassadors Evaluation 

Have you carried out an activity in the last year?   How did it go?   Make your view count!

After every activity you undertake, please remember to complete the online evaluation- It only takes around 5 minutes to complete and is simple.  Link below to the evaluation :- 

CLICK HERE

Thanks for your time!




The Institute for Research in Schools (IRIS) is an educational charity that supports schools in carrying out their own original research projects. By providing access to equipment, data and research expertise, students and teachers can investigate areas of interest to them. Findings are shared at scientific conferences organised by IRIS and published in articles and research journals. We have found that participation in these projects increases the numbers going onto university to study STEM subjects.

STEM Ambassadors have an important role to play in supporting this work in schools. This can be through regular contact with students carrying out a research project or in a stand-alone session to help plan and start a research project.

This session will introduce you to the IRIS approach in schools and you will have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with one or two projects in more depth. We are keen that STEM Ambassadors from a wide range of sectors get involved.

Further information on our projects can be found on our website: http://researchinschools.org/

We are very grateful to SSERC’s support for this event.

To book please go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/iris-training-tickets-38865728440

For further information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards,

Laura

Laura Thomas

Head of School Engagement

Institute for Research in Schools


Hi STEM Ambassador Hub,

I am Kieve Brown, I work for the charity ‘The Prince’s Trust’ who support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds into employment, education and training. I coordinate our E-mentoring offer to young people who use our online platform to help them set up their own business or to access employment opportunities.

I would like to invite your STEM Ambassador to become mentors for our young people on our new online learning platform as E-mentors. Currently we are recruiting for our Online Enterprise Programme (role description attached) and we will soon be opening up our Online Employability programme (role description pending) in the next few months. As part of the offer we would give interested STEM Ambassador access to the full training material so that when the operational phase begins they are fully trained and familiar with the online learning platform. There will be an online interview process that the STEM Ambassador will have to complete at a time that suits them.

I have attached our request form as well as information about The Prince’s Trust. We have been actively been working with STEM Ambassador HUBs with amazing success over this year and as such we have created a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ between our two organisations. If you have any questions about the relationship please don’t hesitate to get in contact with myself or Ajay Sharman (A.Sharman@stem.org.uk) who can give you more information about the partnership.

Could you please promote this opportunity to your STEM Ambassadors? From experience we know they provide brilliant role models for the young people we work with and we are keen to get them involved to continue supporting our work.

Kind Regards,

Kieve Brown

Kieve Brown | Digital Volunteering Executive | The Prince's Trust House | 6-9 Eldon Street, London, EC2M 7LS   


TAKE PART- DUNDEE SCIENCE FESTIVAL 2017

Dundee Science Centre is calling for organisations/individuals to be part of Dundee Science Festival 2017 running from Friday 28 October – Sunday 12 November.

Managed and delivered by Dundee Science Centre, last year’s Dundee Science Festival reached a total of 9,173 people. Building on from this success, Dundee Science Festival 2017 will provide a variety of accessible and engaging science experiences in order to reduce barriers to participation for local audiences. 

The festival will be held across the city of Dundee aiming to involve the local communities and engage hard to reach audiences. The festival would not be possible without the wonderful support from our volunteers and therefore we are looking for organisations to be part of the following events:

Themed Weekends:

Drop-in activities at stalls or short talks in our auditorium at Dundee Science Centre. If you work in an area related to any of these topics, would you be able to deliver an activity or demonstration that could communicate your work to a wide audience?

  • How Do Our Bodies Work? Find Out! (28th October, 10-5pm)
    • A variety of activities focused around medical technology, overall health, our bodies and how they work.
  • The Horrible History of Medicine (29th October, 10-5pm)
    • A special Halloween event that discusses medical technology, how it has developed throughout the past and where it is now going, in the future.
  • Gulliver’s Worlds - Environment (4th November, 10-5pm)
    • This special event uses inspiration from the wonderful book, Gulliver’s Travels and in collaboration with the University of Dundee – we are looking for activities around our environment, how we preserve it, observe it (including microscopes through to telescopes) and exist within it. We would also be looking for activities on the environments we are aware of on other planets and what type of environment might be suitable for life elsewhere.
  • Animal Kingdom (5th November, 10-5pm)
    • This event focuses on animals, biology and the natural world.
  • The Digital Past (11th November, 10-5pm)
    • The development of digital technology throughout the recent past leading up to the present day and how we can now use it to model the past and expand our knowledge of history (e.g. use of 3D modelling to recreate Archaeological sites).
  • Designing Tomorrow’s World (12th November, 10-5pm)
    • How digital technology is now developing and how it is propelling us into the future. What potential applications does it have across the disciplines within STEM? (e.g. the use of 3D printing in medicine).

Science Adventures:

These are free family drop-in events that will be held in local community hubs. We want to pack community halls with exciting stalls that they can engage with at their leisure in order to increase accessibility for local people, removing barriers to participation such as finance and transport. These events are a superb opportunity to deliver activities for people who may not have had the same access to science and they always create truly meaningful engagement.

  • Health-themed (30th October, 4-8pm)
  • Mini Maker Fair (1st November, 4-8pm)
  • Space Themed (2nd November, 4-8pm)
  • General STEM – covering a variety of disciplines (7th, 10th November, 4-8pm)
  • CSI-themed (8th November, 4-8pm)

Discussion Groups:

We’re looking for volunteers to give a 30 minute talk and facilitate an informal Q&A session to increase the audience’s awareness of one of the following topics and provide meaningful information through discussion.

  • Growing Old, Keeping Well (2nd November 1:30-3:30pm)
  • oA discussion with local people around the science of growing old, how do we age and what can we do to stay healthy?
  • Careers For Me (8th November,11-1pm)
  • oA discussion around the career pathways into science and all of the different jobs across the disciplines.

This is an exciting opportunity to engage with a variety of audiences and share your research or raise awareness of your work. Many of our previous experts have found it rewarding and increases their confidence in talking about their research to the public.

If you are interested and would like further information please feel free to contact Heather Gordon (Public Engagement Officer) at heather.gordon@dundeesciencecentre.org.uk or Paul Strachan (Festivals & Community Engagement Officer) at paul.strachan@dundeesciencecentre.org.uk.

If you want to propose an activity, please fill out the attached event planner and e-mail this along with any relevant risk assessments and a copy of your public liability insurance to the above address by 5pm on Friday 1st September. If you require any support with any of the above documents, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the team members identified above.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Heather Gordon

Public Engagement Officer

Dundee Science Centre
Greenmarket, Dundee DD1 4QB

Direct line: 01382 868601 Switchboard: 01382 228800

www.dundeesciencecentre.org.uk 


Science Week - Eastertoun Primary, Armadale, 24th-27th Oct 2017

Details

Principal Teacher Pamela Fletcher from Eastertoun Primary in Armadale, West Lothian is looking for STEM Ambassadors to support their Science Week.

The science week is - Tuesday 24 - Friday 27 October, inclusive. The topics our children are covering (by stage) are:
Nursery topics :- Senses, Solids/liquids/gases
P1 - Materials
P2 - Sun, moon, stars
P3 - Human Body - labeling body parts
P4 - Water and Ice
P5 - Sounds - how the ear works, biological systems - digestive system
P6 - Forces - electricity, waves/friction and air resistance
P7 - seeds plants germination and life cycles

Hoping you, your colleagues or your STEM ambassadors are able to support us,
Kind regards
Pamela Fletcher,Principal Teacher
Eastertoun Primary
Armadale
West Lothian

Email:- Pamela.Fletcher@westlothian.org.uk

01501730462

Activity Date

24/10/2017-27/10/2017



STEM Ambassador Support: Tomorrow’s Engineers Energy Quest Programme 2017

25th October at Bell Baxter High School, Cupar, Fife

31st October at Breadalbane Academy, Aberfeldy

Details

Rebecca MacLennan, who is the Programme Manager for the Young Engineers and Science Clubs Scotland, has been in touch to request STEM Ambassador support as follows:

Young Engineers and Science Clubs Scotland are delighted to be delivering the Tomorrow’s Engineers Energy Quest programme for another 3 years. 

Tomorrow’s Engineers have been working on some updated careers videos to show engineers at work, but we’d love to involve STEM Ambassadors in the delivery of the workshops, to give pupils the chance to meet them and ask questions. 

The 2.5 hour workshops will explore concepts of energy generation, sustainability and technologies. Ambassadors can support teams of S1/2 pupils through a series of activities and challenges, and excite pupils about STEM subjects and careers by sharing their own experiences. 

Rebecca is looking for support at the following schools:

25Oct17 - Bell Baxter High, Cupar, Fife
31Oct17 - Breadalbane Academy, Aberfeldy, Perth & Kinross

If you are willing and able to support this request, would like further information or to discuss, please contact Rebecca directly via: rebecca.maclennan@scdi.org.uk
or 0141 222 9742 

Activity Date

25Oct17 at Bell Baxter High School, Cupar, Fife: 31Oct17 at Breadalbane Academy, Aberfeldy, Perth & Kinross

Number of STEM Ambassadors

4

Number of Pupils

Not Specified

Pupil Age Group

S1/S2, 12/13 years


Natural Disasters Topic: Deerpark Primary School, Sauchie

Details

Kirstie Robertson, who is teacher at Deerpark Primary School in Sauchie, is about to embark upon a 'Natural Disasters' topic with her P5/6 class this term. 

Whilst Kirstie is going to incorporate a lot of STEM based activities herself, she has been in touch to request STEM Ambassador support for this topic. For example, the class will be looking at earthquakes and developing 'earthquake proof' homes and if you have expertise in this area Kirstie would be delighted to hear from you.

If you are willing to support this request, or would like more information or to discuss, please contact Kirstie directly via: CLkyarrow@glow.sch.uk

Thanks in advance for your help and support!

Activity Date

Not Specified

Number of STEM Ambassadors

2

Number of Pupils

30

Pupil Age Group

P5/6


STEM Ambassador Support Request: St Margarets Primary School, Polmont, Falkirk

Details

Laura McCafferty, who is a teacher at St Margarets Primary School in Polmont, Falkirk, has been in touch to request STEM ambassador support on the following topics. 

P1/2 - Hot & Cold Countries with Focus on Water (Oct - Dec 2017)
P1/2 - Our Street & Housing (Jan - Apr 2017) 
P2 - Living and Non-Living Things, Food Chains, Animal and Plant Types (ASAP)
P3 - My body - Skeleton, Senses and Common Diseases (Apr - Jun 2018)
P4 - Sustainability and Minimising the Carbon Footprint of Food (Jan - Apr 2018)
P5 - The Human Body - The Digestive & Respiratory Systems (Apr - Jun 2017)
P6 - Earth’s Resources, Fossil Fuels, Electricity etc. (ASAP)

If you are willing and able to visit the school, or would like more information, please contact Laura directly to discuss and make arrangements via:

laura.mccafferty@falkirk.gov.uk

Thanks in advance for your help & support - much appreciated!

Activity Date

Not Specified

Number of STEM Ambassadors

5-10

Number of Pupils

Not Specified

Pupil Age Group

Not Specified


STEM Day- Stenton Primary & West Barns Primary- Wednesday 1st November

Details

Class teacher Suzanne Doggett has been tasked with organising a STEM Day for Stenton Primary and West Barns Primary in Dunbar, East Lothian- both small schools, with a total of 92 children.
Suzanne is looking for any STEM Ambassadors who could support their STEM day on 1st November, covering all year groups- P1-P7.
The 92 pupils will split up into groups of about 10, and they will be using the school assembly halls and village hall to run the day. They are particularly keen if anyone can deliver simple hands on activities for the pupils.

If you can help Suzanne would be delighted to hear from you- her email address is:-
stenton.ps@stenton.elcschool.org.uk

Activity Date

1/11/2017

Number of STEM Ambassadors

10

Number of Pupils

92

Pupil Age Group

P1-P7 


Science Careers Day: Our Lady's RC Primary School, Dundee; Friday the 03rd Nov 2017

Details

Paula Nicoll, who is the Principal Teacher at Our Lady’s RC Primary School in Dundee, has been in touch to request support from STEM Ambassadors for their Science Careers Day that they are holding in the school on Friday 3rd November.

They will be running 2 sessions: the first from 09.10-10.30; the second from 10.50-12.15. 

The school want the children to have high aspirations for themselves and their future and hope that this careers day will drive them to remain focused in order to develop their skills for learning, life and work. 

Paula is looking for people working within the world of science to visit the school to present to, and interact with, the middle and upper school pupils. Each session will be split into 3 sections of 25-30 minutes and P4/5, P5/6 and P7 would attend the presentation on a rotational basis.

The school are also working on/exploring the idea of staging 2 crimes scenes which the younger children will use science to solve. P1 and P1/2 will work together to find out who pushed Humpty Dumpty off the wall while P2/3 and P3/4 will come across a break in and will need to solve clues to find the culprit..........if you are willing and able to help facilitate this Paula would be delighted to hear from you! 

If you are willing to support this request, would like more information or to discuss, please contact Paula Nicoll via: paula.nicoll@dundeecity.gov.uk

I would kindly ask that you copy me in on any correspondence to Paula so that I can update our records accordingly.


Activity Date

Friday, 03rd of November 2017, 09:00-12:15

Number of STEM Ambassadors

5-10

Number of Pupils

300

Pupil Age Group

P1 - P7



Title

Routes into employment/Speed Networking, Currie CHS, Edinburgh- Monday 13th November 2017

Details

Currie Community High in Edinburgh, on the success of last year's Routes into employment will be running this again for their S3 pupils on Monday 13th November 2017.

This session will run from 9:30am- 12:30pm for 120 x S3 pupils, where in small groups they will speak to STEM Ambassadors asking basic questions about what you do, career choices, your experience.
No preparation required for STEM Ambassadors, just a case of turning up with enthusiasm and willingness to speak to young people

Activity Date

13/11/2017

Number of STEM Ambassadors

25

Number of Pupils

120

Pupil Age Group

S3

Contact STEM East if you can help support this event 



Perth Grammar School Careers Fair – Wednesday 22nd November 2017 9.40am-1.00pm

I would like to invite you to participate in the Perth Grammar School Careers Fair as part of our Careers Focus Programme which runs through the academic year. The Careers Fair will seek to have consultants representing industry, commerce, Further and Higher Education.

An event such as this is considered to be a vital part of any pupils’ career education and will be very important in helping them to make informed subject and career choices. All pupils from years S2 to S6, about 900 pupils in total, will attend sessions held throughout the day.

You will be given access to the school from 8.30am to enable you to set up prior to the opening of the Fair to the pupils at 9.40 prompt. The timetable will be set as follows:

                        Session 1                         9.40am-10.25am                                S2 pupils

                        Session 2                       10.25am-11.10am                                S3 pupils

   Tea/Coffee Break

                        Session 3                        11.25am-12.10pm                               S4 pupils

                        Session 4                        12.10pm- 1.00pm                               S5/6 pupils

It would be very much appreciated if all representatives can maintain their areas until at the final classes have completed their visit by 1.00pm.

Parents of S4-6 pupils may be invited to drop-in during the final two sessions.

Coffee and tea will available throughout the morning.

Please complete the attached form and return it to me as soon as possible and hopefully by 3 November 2017 to facilitate further arrangements.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Stephen Cameron

Mr Stephen Cameron

PT Guidance (Careers)


Dunfermline High- Routes into Employment, Monday 27th November, 2017. 9:30am-12:30pm

Dunfermline High are holding their first Routes into employment for their S2 year group.   This is one of the largest S2 year groups in Scotland, with 338 pupils in total.

We are looking for 30 STEM Ambassadors to support this event, which will allow the pupils in small groups of 4-5 to speak to STEM Ambassadors about what you do in your job, what subjects you studied at school.   This will operate in a Speed dating type format.

There is no preparation required on your part for this event, just a case of turning up on the morning to speak to groups of young people, and hopefully provide insight and inspiration.

If you can help, we would love to hear from you- get in touch - kevinmckeever@fife.ac.uk


North Berwick High School- Careers evening, Monday 27th November 2017- 7pm-8:30pm


North Berwick High School, East Lothian who are keen to host an evening for S4-S6 young people and parents to profile careers in STEM.

This evening will take place at the school on Monday 27th November from 7pm-8.30pm (exhibitors can access from 6.30pm to set up).

We hope this evening will attract a number of diverse employers to showcase the breadth of opportunities within STEM.

It would be great if you were able to attend the evening.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Leanne

Leanne Hastings

Industry and Education Partnership Manager

Developing the Young Workforce

Edinburgh, Midlothian & East Lothian Regional Group

Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce

Edinburgh Chamber Business Centre

40 George Street

Edinburgh, EH2 2LE

+:Leanne.Hastings@edinburghchamber.co.uk

(: 07534 870 805

www.edinburghchamber.co.uk/dyw



Workshops at The Royal High School of Edinburgh: Thursday, 25 Jan 2018

Details

Gillian Kelly, who is a teacher at The Royal High School of Edinburgh, has been in touch to request STEM Ambassador support to run a series of full day workshops with various industries on Thursday the 25th of January 2018.

This event will be aimed at the S3 pupils, where in groups of no more than five, they will have the opportunity to engage with individuals from various industries. The school are keen for this to be as hands on as possible to help engage and enthuse the pupils involved.

If you are willing to support this request, or would like more information, please contact Gillian directly via Gillian.Kelly@royalhigh.edin.sch.uk

Thanks in advance for your help and support.

Activity Date

Thursday: 25 January 2018; Full Day Event

Number of STEM Ambassadors

10

Number of Pupils

Not Specified

Pupil Age Group

S3 - 14 Years


Title

Auchmuty High School Routes Into Employment for S2 Year Group: Monday, 29th of January 2018. 09:30-12:30

Details

Auchmuty High School in Glenrothes, Fife, will be holding a Routes into Employment Event on Monday, the 29th of January 2018, for their S2 year group. This event was really successful in 2017 and the school are keen to hold another in 2018.

This session will run from 09:30 - 12:30 for 265 S2 pupils where, in small groups, the pupils will speak to STEM Ambassadors asking basic questions about what your job, work experience, career choices in your area of expertise and how you got to where you are today.

No formal preparation is required for STEM Ambassadors, however, please feel free to take along anything that you feel would help for engage the pupils, encourage them to ask questions and enthuse them to consider a career in STEM.

Activity Date

Monday, 29th of January 2018

Number of STEM Ambassadors

30

Number of Pupils

265

Pupil Age Group

S2 - 13 Years


STEM World of Work Day: Queensferry Primary School in Edinburgh; Friday 9th February 2018

Details

Gillian Law, who is a teacher at Queensferry Primary School in Edinburgh and part of a staff working group looking at ways to engage the children in school with different aspects of STEM, has been in touch to request STEM Ambassador support as follows: 

The school are organising a STEM World of Work day for pupils on Friday 9th February 2018. They are looking at ways in which local companies, businesses, individuals in STEM related careers and industries can support the school in engaging the pupils, whilst perhaps changing their perceptions and mindset about gender roles in jobs related to STEM subjects.

The school would love to have a mixture of presentation and activity based workshops for pupils at all stages (P1-3 in Early Stages, P4-5 in Middle Stages and P6-7 in Upper Stages). 

If you are willing to support this request, would like more information or to discuss, please contact Gillian Law at Queensferry Primary School directly via: 

gillian.law@queensferry-pri.edin.sch.uk

Thanks in advance for your help & support!

Activity Date

Friday, 09th of February 2018

Number of STEM Ambassadors

5-10


Kirkcaldy High School School Routes Into Employment for S3 Year Group: Tuesday 27th February 2018. 09:30-12:30

Details

Kirkcaldy High School, Fife, will be holding a Routes into Employment Event on Tuesday 27th February 2018 for their S3 year group. This event was really successful in 2017 and the school are keen to hold another in 2018.

This session will run from 09:30 - 12:30 for 200 x S3 pupils where, in small groups, the pupils will speak to STEM Ambassadors asking basic questions about what your job, work experience, career choices in your area of expertise and how you got to where you are today.

No formal preparation is required for STEM Ambassadors, however, please feel free to take along anything that you feel would help for engage the pupils, encourage them to ask questions and enthuse them to consider a career in STEM.

Activity Date

Tuesday 27th February 2017

Number of STEM Ambassadors

30

Number of Pupils

200

Pupil Age Group

S3


Title

Maths Day, Victoria Primary, Falkirk- Wed 7th March 2018

Details

As a whole school we are running a Maths Day on Wednesday 7th March 2018. This will involve inter-school competitions, children will dress up as a link with maths, speakers from the community and various Maths themed activities will take place. 
The children will look up to you as a role model and will be excited to hear about what you do.
It would be great if you have expertise in the area of mathematics to carry out an activity with the children or speak about the job that you do. 
Please get in touch if you're interested.

Thanks
Sarah

Activity Date

Wednesday 7th March 2018.

Number of STEM Ambassadors

3

Contact:- Sarah Shanks at Victoria Primary- email :- Harpers201@gmail.com


Larbert High School, Falkirk

Routes into employment/Speed Networking session for S1 Year Group

Monday 12th March 2018- 9:30am-12:30pm

Larbert High, as part of their annual STEM week at the school are once again holding a Speed Networking session for their S1 year group.  Larbert is the 3rd largest secondary school in Scotland, and we require 30 Ambassadors to run this session.

If you can help please get in touch with one us at the Hub



 

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