Events & Requests for STEM Ambassadors

SOS for STEM Ambassador Help- Stirling Council Summer Holiday Fun Clubs

9th July - 10th August 

We have received an SOS request from Linda Perkins at Stirling Council.    Stirling Council are running a series of Summer Holiday Fun Clubs in 7 different locations over the summer holidays, starting 9th July through to Friday 10th August.

They are focused on 2 particular geographical areas to ensure there is enough support – Bannockburn and Borestone in the Stirling area, where there are many challenges in the community around social deprivation and high free schools meals index.

They have 50 children signed up to attend the summer club Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays and are engaging with a range of local providers to fill the day and keep the kids active and engaged.

It is a last minute request, but Stirling Council would love if any STEM Ambassador would be willing to help out.    The summer clubs in these two hot spot locations are for P1-P7 children, and will take place at Borestone Primary School, and Bannockburn High is hosting the other club for again P1-P7 children.

I think at this stage, Linda would be willing to accept any offer of help from STEM Ambassadors, especially if you would like to deliver science experiments- whizz bang type activities or any other interactive activities.

They have a limited budget if that entices any STEM Ambassadors to get involved.

Linda would be delighted to hear from any willing STEM Ambassadors to chat about this or if you have any questions.

To chat to Linda about it, her number is 01786 233032 and her email address is perkinsl@stirling.gov.uk

This is definitely something where you have the opportunity to make a real difference to young people.


STEM Ambassador Support Request:  STEM Day at Lawhead Out of School Club, Lawhead Primary School, St Andrews, Fife.

Details

Rebecca Cornwall from Lawhead Primary School in St. Andrews has been in touch to request STEM Ambassador support as follows:

Rebecca is organising a STEM day for the out of school club at Lawhead Primary School in St Andrews, Fife, which will run from the 2nd of July to the 14th of August 2018.

Rebecca is looking for a couple of STEM Ambassadors to deliver hands-on activities with the children.  Rebecca has suggested running one session at about 09:30 and another early afternoon, however, there is flexibility based upon your availability.  In terms of numbers, there is potentially up to 24 children.

With regards to dates and days,  Rebecca has indicated that any weekday except Friday would be great, with the exception of the following dates:

  • Wednesday the 11th of July
  • Tuesday the 17th of July
  • Thursday the 19th of July
  • Wednesday the 25th of July
  • Wednesday the 1st of August
  • Thursday the 2nd of August
  • Thursday the 9th of August
  • Tuesday the 14th of August

If you are willing to support this request, or would like to get further information, please contact Rebecca directly via: rebeccacornwell@btinternet.com


Year of Young People Event,  Tuesday 17th July 2018- Perth Concert Hall

We have received a request for STEM Ambassadors support for the Year of Young People Event, taking place on Tuesday 17th July 2018 at Perth Concert Hall.

Event sounds really good, and all the info is below including the contact Elaine Kerridge if you are interested in going along to help:-

Good morning, I was wondering if STEM East Ambassadors would be interested in attending a Year Of Young People event on Tuesday 17th July at Perth Concert Hall? This event is being organised by the three partner organisations supporting the 500 Year Of Young People Ambassadors (Children In Scotland, Young Scot, Scottish Youth Parliament). Around 150-200 Ambassadors will be attending on the day. They are aged 8-25 years old. They will have talks and workshops.

But we are also looking for local organisations to offer their time and come along over lunch time, maybe have a stall and maybe offer a small interactive activity. Would the local STEM Ambassadors be interested and able to do this at all?

I would be very happy to chat about this, if that would be useful to you? Thanks very much for your time and consideration. Elaine Kerridge Policy Manager 0131 313 8840

Email:- ekerridge@childreninscotland.org.uk



STEM Ambassador Support for Health Sector Class:  Braes High School, Falkirk

Details

We have received a request from Louise Robinson who is a teacher at Braes High School, Falkirk.   Louise is looking for support from STEM Ambassadors with knowledge and experience in the Life Science industry sector.  She received support from several STEM ambassadors last year and their input was extremely valuable and much appreciated.

Louise would like ambassadors to visit Braes High School after the summer holidays (between August 2018 and April 2019) to speak to an S4/5 Health Sector class.  Ideally this would take place on a Friday morning when they have a double period but Louise will also have the class for a single period on a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday morning.  In terms of time commitment on the day, a slot of 30 minutes to one hour would be good.

The National 4 Health Sector course is for pupils who are interested in a career in the health field.  The course covers generic employability skills and the role of various professionals in the health sector.

The aims of the STEM Ambassador support sessions are:

  • to promote their role and responsibilities
  • the qualification/training that they undertook
  • to capture student interest in the Life Sciences sector
  • help pupils encourage a good work ethic
  • highlight care values/confidentiality/infection control
  • discuss their practical experiences and health and safety aspects
  • the range of products made by the life sciences, if applicable

If you are willing and able to support this event, please contact Louise Robinson for further information via:  Louise.Robinson@falkirk.gov.uk

Activity Date

Commencing August 2018 (after the summer holidays)

Pupil Age Group

S4 & S5:  15 - 16 Years  


STEM Ambassador Support Request:  Laboratory Science National 5 Class at Braes High School, Falkirk

Details

Jenny Quinlan, who is a teacher at Braes High School in Falkirk, has been in touch to request STEM Ambassador support for the Laboratory Science National 5 that she is teaching again next year.

Jenny is looking for STEM ambassadors from all walks of life to visit the class as guest speakers.  Jenny is keen to get the STEM ambassadors to visit the school because they were so good last year and she couldn’t praise them highly enough.  Jenny is not expecting any visitors before the summer break but is keen to make links so hopefully we could start up a programme of visitors from August.

The class is time tabled for double period on a Wednesday morning, so if visits could be scheduled to coincide it would be ideal.  There are 14 pupils in the class and they are all S5-S6 so ages are spread from 16-18 years.

If you are willing to support this request, or would like to get further information, please contact Jenny directly via:  jenny.quinlan@falkirk.gov.uk


STEM Ambassador Support Request:  STEM Careers at Warddykes Primary School, Arbroath

Details

Jennifer Sanderson, who is a class Teacher at Warddykes Primary School in Arbroath has been in touch to request STEM Ambassador support after the summer holidays as follows:

  • sessions aimed at early years (5-7 year old)
  • STEM careers available to them in the future/ story tellers who could talk about what they do
  • helping complete small STEM based projects in the nursery - helping develop outdoor learning area
  • take the format of an assembly on a Friday afternoon (could change depending on what suits)
  • sessions last about 30 mins max

If you are willing to support this request, or would like to get further information, please contact Jennifer directly via: j.sanderson@angusschools.org.uk


Careers Event- Grangemouth High School, Thursday 13th September 2018

We have received a request for STEM Ambassadors from Principal Teacher of Science, Johanne Matheson from Grangemouth High School:- 

On Thursday 13th September we will be hosting an event in Grangemouth High School for our senior pupils. I have copied the full details below.  In simple terms I am wondering if any of the STEM Ambassadors would be interested in helping us out in two different ways:

  • 1.To stand beside a “Careers in Physics”, “Careers in Biology” or “Careers in Chemistry” display stand and speak informally to pupils in a “careers fair” type event.
  • 2.To deliver a short presentation to a complete year group (roughly 120-150 pupils) as detailed below.

If ambassadors would be interested in either standing by a display OR speaking OR both then we’d love their input. This event will run for the full school day 8.40 – 3.30 and participants would be welcome to attend for all or part of the day as suits their availability.

The event is entitled Raising Engagement and Aspirations through Partnership & Pathway Information (REAPP) #REAPPthebenefits. The idea is that if pupils can clearly see the skills they are developing in each subject and the career paths that a particular subject could lead  them to, then they will be more engaged in their learning and have higher aspirations. This of course in turn, will help raise attainment and ensure that every young person has the best possible chance to succeed.

The format of the day will be 3 x 100 minute sessions for each of the senior year groups comprised of a mix of talks from industry partners and displays from each subject. Each display will showcase the skills developed in that subject and the possible career pathways studying a particular subject or combination of subjects could lead to.     

The session will be split into 6 x 7 minute presentations from a variety of speakers from different industries, followed by a walk around the displays from each subject.  At the walk around pupils will have the chance to meet industry partners and ask questions.

If this is something that you would be willing and able to present at please let me know. As a guide we are looking for speakers to give an overview of their own personal career journey, an overview of the sector/industry, outline what a typical day involves and highlight the skills and qualifications required for a career in your industry. 

If you can help please get in touch with Johanne Matheson at Johanne.Matheson@falkirk.gov.uk



Call for Events and Ideas

Festival dates: Sat 6 – Sat 20 Oct 2018

We are delighted to be opening our ‘Call for Events and Ideas’ for our 2018 festival and we are looking forward to, with your continued support and ideas, creating a festival programme that is innovative, bold and full of events & activities that:

  • v Inspire, engage and excite...
  • v Will appeal and be accessible to a diverse range of audiences (including those not traditionally engaged with science)
  • v Connect the audience / participants with scientific research
  • v Showcase STEM happening in Midlothian
  • v Showcase Midlothian's role at a global level

At this stage you do not have to have all of the details finalised, and our volunteer Creative Team are very happy to help you to develop your idea and to support you to co-create your event/activity with local Midlothian communities & organisations. But please do fill in as much information as you can on the online form.

Our programme includes both stand-alone events (talks/tours/workshops/activities) and an array of very popular science ‘gala days’ which are populated by table top and drop-in activities.

We are happy for you to offer something tried and tested but would love for you to try out something new and pioneering too.

Submission Deadline:   12noon on Monday 30 April 2018

[online form and pdf download are also available on our website)

We’re excited to hear more about how you would like to contribute to our 2018 Festival and look forward to hearing from you. In the meantime if you have any questions or would like to discuss a possible event/activity/ideas further please contact Claire Jellema (Festival Manager).

Email: claire.jellema@ed.ac.uk / info@midlothiansciencefestival.com

Tel: 07930 409940

Best

Claire 


Requests from Other organisations 

Calling STEM Ambassadors to support Code Clubs  

Want to inspire the next generation to get excited about computing and digital making? We’re looking for STEM Ambassadors to join a global network of volunteers and educators who run free coding clubs for 9 to 13 year-olds in schools, libraries, and community venues.

You don’t need to be a coding genius to volunteer, you just need to be willing to learn some basic Scratch, Python, or HTML alongside your club. Code Club’s projects are easy-to-follow, step-by-step guides which help young people learn coding while creating games, animations, and websites.

 

There are currently over 6,000 Code Clubs in the UK reaching an estimated 90,000 young people each week. The sessions generally run for one hour per week, and the minimum commitment is 12 weeks. However, if you aren’t able to make time every week, you can team up with colleagues or friends and take turns.

Please get in touch if you want to get involved.

Contact details

Anyone interested should be sent the Code Club sign-up link jumpto.cc/STEMAmbassadors

And questions should be directed to Code Club - support@codeclub.org.uk


Arkwright Scholarships Trust: Experienced Engineers Sought as Mentors

Details

Could you help inspire a future leader in engineering?

The Arkwright Scholarships Trust inspires future leaders in engineering by supporting high-calibre, engineering-minded students (aged 16-18) over two years, as they study for their Highers.

The Arkwright Scholarships Trust are looking for experienced engineers to mentor these bright students during a critical time in their education. This is a great opportunity to hone your mentoring skills by guiding, supporting and inspiring a young engineer. Mentees value answers to general questions such as “How can I optimise my university personal statement?” as much as they would value detailed technical insights. 

Feedback received from scholars has often stated that Mentoring, for them, was one of the most beneficial aspects of their scholarship.

Mentoring can take many forms including face-to-face meetings, support through e-mail and/or occasional telephone calls. Arkwright is flexible about the form and time that any individual mentoring relationship takes.

Becoming a Mentor can be advantageous to you, because it will contribute towards Competence Area D of UK SPEC to help you achieve chartered engineer status.

The following schools in the STEM East region have pupils participating in The Arkwright Scholarships who are seeking a mentor:

Balwearie High School, Kirkcaldy
High School of Dundee, Dundee
The Community School of Auchterarder (2 pupils)
Perth Academy
Dunblane High School
Strathallan School, Perth
Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh (2 pupils)

If you are willing and able to help, would like more information or to discuss, please contact Kiran Thiara at The Arkwright Trust directly via: kthiara@arkwright.org.uk
Thanks in advance for your help and support!


British Academy Of Film and television arts - mentors for schools engagement

Details

BAFTA have launched their BAFTA YGD School Resource Network – a new branch for our outreach programme taking place in 2018.
We are encouraging secondary school ICT/computing teachers and educational mentors to sign up and receive support from BAFTA YGD to introduce game design to their students.
They are looking for mentors to support this schools engagement. If you would like to know more please see the link for more info and to register https://www.bafta.org/register-your-interest

For more information you can contact Melissa Phillips at BAFTA- MelissaP@bafta.org

Melissa Philips
Freelance Event Producer
07803 230 244

British Academy of Film and Television Arts 
195 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LN
+44 (0) 20 7734 0022


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Post Activity STEM Ambassadors Evaluation 

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