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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 :-

Thanks for your time!

Edinburgh Regional Event- UK Youth, Generation Code Event- Ambassadors needed- Tuesday 29th August 2017

Edinburgh Regional Event - Tuesday 29th August 2017

UK Youth have confirmed that the Generation code Scotland event will take place on Tuesday 29 August, 12:00 - 18:00 at Microsoft Edinburgh, Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EG.

STEM Ambassadors can stay for the whole event, but will be particularly needed for the first 4 hours.

Generation Code 2.0 (UK Youth)


We are looking for guest speakers who will be available to inspire young people, aged 16-25, in STEM. This may be in regards to your own personal experience of how you got to where you are today, or what you do now and how code is related to this etc.

We want these speeches to ignite an interest in coding with the young people and get them excited about the programme ahead! This would largely be short (10 minute slots). If you can bring something along to show which you have created with code/ inspire people to want to learn coding.

No. of STEM Ambassadors needed: 2-5

Number of Pupils: 40 Pupil Age Group: 16-25 year olds

For more information, please contact


Support Request: First Lego League - Cairneyhill Primary School,


We have received a request for support from Elaine Lawrence, who is a teacher at Cairneyhill Primary School in Fife. Elaine has previously taught in Clackmannanshire, where she ran the First Lego League with Sunnyside Primary School.

Elaine is planning on running this at Cairneyhill Primary School in the new term (after the summer break). The theme this year is Hydro Dynamics and further information can be found via the following link:

Elaine would love some help and/or advice from a STEM Ambassador with this challenge. It will run as an after school club for 10 children - 5 to do the robot challenges and 5 to work on the project. 

If you are willing and able to support this request, please contact Elaine directly for further information and to discuss any queries you may have.

Elaine can be contacted at:

Thanks in advance for your help and support - it is much appreciated.

Activity Date

After Summer Holidays - Late August 2017 - exact dates/timings tbc with teacher

Number of STEM Ambassadors


Number of Pupils

Not Specified

Pupil Age Group

Primary School Children

Katie Robins is currently looking for Business mentors to volunteer for the Business Mentoring Programme during the 17/18 academic year in Midlothian schools. 

This is a brief description of the programme above

If you are interested in being involved in this, please contact Katie Robins:-

VentureJam 2017: Calling all hipsters, hackers and hustlers (and everyone in between)!

We’re looking for groups of up to 5 young people to take part in VentureJam 2017.

VentureJam is a unique opportunity for 40 young people in Scotland. Young Scot and Glasgow City of Science and Innovation are running a weekend ‘Jam’ that will see teams of young people developing fresh ideas that embrace the digital world to solve real world challenges. Throughout the Jam you will have access to a team of inspirational mentors from the world of television, gaming, product design and 3D animation as well as legal experts and environmental gurus. Young Scot will be there to guide you through the creative process.

At this Year’s VentureJam weekend we’ll give you the tools to develop and design a new idea that could change the future of energy in Scotland, and change people’s lives! 

Every day, us humans chew our way through more than a million terajoules of energy. That’s equivalent to all 7.5 billion of us boiling 70 kettles of water every hour, around the clock! We need to stop our energy guzzling ways but…how do we ensure ‘the lights stay on’?

With access to a team of inspirational mentors, your team will: 

       Learn about the biggest challenges facing humanity – the future of energy.

       Immerse yourself about the latest energy-saving innovations (from heated cycle lanes that melt snow in the winter to electricity generating dance floors!)

       Explore radical new business models to make your idea go global; learning from creative young companies like Uber, AirBnB, Netflix that have changed the way we travel, sleep, and watch TV!

As well as pitching your idea to top investors at Venturefest Scotland 2017, the national innovation summit; the overall winning team will enjoy a once in a life time opportunity to quiz one of the top innovators in Scotland about how he became one of the world’s most successful inventors & Games developers, Chris Van Der Kuyl of Minecraft fame!

Sign up now and tell us why you want to be part of VentureJam 2017! Places are limited. Applications will close on 16th July.

When/Where is VentureJam Taking Place?

VentureJam is taking place from 18 – 20 August 2017 at Glasgow Science Centre, 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1EA. Please ensure you are available at the following times: 

  • Celebratory Launch Night: Friday 18 August (6-8.30pm)
  • Jam Activity: Saturday 19 August (10am - 4pm) and Sunday 20 August (10am - 2pm)

VentureJam is the official youth strand for Venturefest Scotland 2017 – a major new innovation summit for Scotland. All young people taking part in the weekend will get the chance to pitch their best ideas from the Jam weekend to top innovators and investors at Venturefest, 'Dragon’s Den' style. Will your team create the next big thing?

Before the event itself you will have the opportunity to attend a "Perfect Your Pitch" session.

Who Can Apply?
VentureJam is open to groups of approximately five people or you can apply as an individual. We are looking for a diverse, lively group of young people aged 14-20 from across Scotland with a range of interests from the arts and music (the hipsters!) to science and gaming (the hackers!) as well as wannabe entrepreneurs (the hustlers!). 

Whatever your thing, we want you to get excited about working in teams to create new ideas (products, games or even interactive art installations) and reimagine the possibilities of how we live our lives and our relationship with energy.

If this is you, we’d love to hear more about why you’d like to attend VentureJam.

Other Important Information
VentureJam will reimburse all reasonable travels costs on receiving valid travel receipts for people/teams attending the event. Some travel tickets can be booked by Young Scot in advance. Please let us know if you will need your travel costs reimbursed to be able to attend VentureJam.

We will provide food/refreshments during the sessions, and we may consider providing accommodation for those coming from longer than 1.5hours away on a case by case basis.

To attend VentureJam 2017, apply here. Alternatively you can either send in a video, voice recorded application or speak to us over the phone. Please email these to

Click the shortened link below for more details


School:- Larbert High School, Falkirk

Date:- After summer break.

Time:- negotiable

STEM Academy Support

Lewis Atha, who teaches Science at Larbert High School is currently designing a STEM academy to commence in August 2017 after the summer holidays for their S2 year group.

The overarching theme of the STEM Academy is based around: Identifying a problem, Researching the problem, Designing a solution/creating something, culminating in the pupils presenting their solution.

The themes being discussed/considered are:

Disaster and Rescue (Beat the Flood, Earthquake Proof Building etc.) then Innovation and Product Design with an environmental and sustainability slant.

If you could contribute to the science behind climate change, or in designing solutions or even marketing innovative products, Lewis would be delighted to hear from you via:

School:- Braes High School, Falkirk

Date:- After summer break.- Tuesday/Thursdays

Time:- negotiable

Employability Skills & Health Sector

Braes High School would like ambassadors to visit Braes High School after the summer holidays to speak to an S4/5 Health Sector class, of approximately 14 pupils for a double period, ideally on a Tuesday or Thursday.

The National 4 Health Sector course is for lower ability 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.

Ideally different ambassadors can visit on one occasion at different times through the session.

The aim of these 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

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


Physics Careers Talk for S2 Pupils: St John's RC High School, Dundee - End Of August 2017


We have received a request from Caroline Byrne, Physics Teacher at St John's RC High School in Dundee, who would like to increase the uptake of Physics by female pupils in S3.

At present, St John's Academy have 4 girls out of 60 pupils studying Physics in S3, and this number could decrease in S4. 

The feedback from pupils is that they really enjoy S1 & S2 Physics but, when it comes to choosing subjects, they favour Biology & Chemistry. 

Physics is deemed/perceived to be very difficult and pupils are concerned they would not get a top grade. Furthermore, Caroline thinks that a lack of information regarding possible careers is influencing their subject choices.

Caroline is looking for an Ambassador to do a presentation or, ideally, an interactive discussion with the S2 classes after the summer holidays to inspire more pupils to consider Physics as an option.

If you are interested in supporting this request, please contact Caroline Byrne at St John's RC High School in Dundee for further information via:

Thanks in advance for your help and support - it is much appreciated.

Activity Date

After Summer Holidays: End August 2017

Number of STEM Ambassadors


Number of Pupils

Not Specified

Pupil Age Group

S2 - 13 Years

Coding Support- Dundee & Angus ADHD Support group- after school club
Alison Zerouk works for Dundee and Angus Charity ADHD Support Group. This is an after school club which has around 50 young people attend each week.
There is a variety of ages of young people who attend this after school club ranging from age 7 to age 14.
They have a computing group and have 3 computers and 3 ipads that the young people use. They are looking for a STEM Ambassador who may be able to run a coding session with the young people, as they don't have that expertise within their group.
The coding sesion would run 5-6:30pm most likely on a Tuesday evening at Manhattan works in Dundee. 
If anyone with technology/coding skills at all can help, please contact Alison on 01382 456873 or email her at
It is likely there would be around 6 people involved in the session (range of ages)
Coding After school
Activity Date
August onwards
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Number of Pupils
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Motivational Speakers for HN Applied Science Courses- Tuesdays 2pm-3pm

We have received a request for STEM Ambassador support from Curriculum Leader Fiona Jackson at Forth Valley College.

The last few years, as part of the HN Applied Sciences Course, STEM Ambassadors have gave short talks to the students about their careers, their learning and journey.  The college are once again looking to repeat this again this year.

You don't have to be a trained public speaker or motivational speaker, really just your enthusiasm to do a short talk to the HN Applied Science Students is what we're looking for.

The talks will take place on Tuesday afternoons between 2pm and 3pm.

If you can help, please contact Fiona Jackson at Forth Valley College.

Remember and record your activity also if you take part in this.

National Museum of Flight STEM engineering aerobatics 5,6 and 7 September

Dear all,

theSKYLAB is holding another set of 3 x one day workshops at the National Museum of flight, East Fortune, 5,6,7th September 0900 -1400. You can attend one, day, two days or all three days. Any help is appreciated.

The workshops involve helping S1/2 schools children build two types of plane and linking it to STEM and the science of flight. You don’t need to know about planes and full support will be given to you on the day. You will work in pairs and not be left alone to do this on your own of course, if you are new to this. So don’t worry!

You will get free access to the museum and lunch will be provided if you want. If travelling from the West of Scotland, I’m sure that there will be room in cars to travel back and forth if you want too join us.

We also plan for this event to have a radio controlled jet turbine aircraft display! These things are awesome fun and will be used in the hands of very experienced pilots.

See the below link to get an idea of what we will be doing at the National Museum of Flight.

Please drop me a line at for more info.

Best wishes

Geoff Coxon

Numeracy Day, 14th September 2017, St Paul's RC Academy, Dundee

Venue: St Paul's RC Academy, Dundee.
Date: Thursday 14th September 2017
Time:- Afternoon 

Numeracy teacher, Linda Milne works at St Paul's RC Academy and Baldragon Academy in Dundee. 
As part of the inaugural Maths Week Scotland, they are holding a P7 Transition day with a numeracy theme on 14 September at St Paul's RC Academy. 

They are looking for any input that STEM ambassadors could offer in the afternoon, to inspire pupils about maths and numeracy and tell them about careers that involve mathematics. They are expecting around 160 pupils, but they could be split into groups. 

If you can help please get in touch with Linda-


Coding Trainer Required- Midlothian


Midlothian Council is seeking an individual who is capable of introducing and training our volunteers in the exciting world of Coding. 

Throughout our libraries we will deliver coding clubs for the public - 'Introduction to Coding' and 'Introduction to Scratch'. These will be delivered by a team of volunteers who will be competently trained from an individual (you?) who has worked in the field or who has suitable experience. The dates and times are negotiable and a fee of £15ph will be payed to those wishing to deliver the training to our volunteers.

Our coding clubs will begin in September 2017

Activity Date

Negotiaible but before September

Number of STEM Ambassadors


Number of Pupils


Pupil Age Group

Not Specified

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Grant McGowan (Phone: 0131 561 5377)

School:- Berwickshire High School, Scottish Borders

Date:- After summer break.- between September- April 2018

Time:- negotiable

Sustainable Energy

The school librarian, Ian Bain, is organising a series of talks on Sustainability. Pretty wide topic, but is willing to consider any offers of help for STEM Ambassadors who could come and talk to groups of pupils

Ian is targetting S3 pupils and S5 pupils initially to benefit from these talks. Timescale wise, this is negotiable, they are looking to start this in September 2017 after the summer break, until April 2018. 6th year have an Eco club, and would like to be involved if possible too. 

Whether an Ambassador can deliver a talk, or a hands on activity, the school would love you to help out.

Contact:- Ian Bain
Berwickshire High School
Tel:- 01361 883710

SEP 26 2017

Education/Outreach Networking

by Royal Society of Chemistry/Stem East


Education/Outreach Networking

Tue 26 September 2017, 17:00 – 19:00 BST

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If you are involved in science outreach or education, or if you'd like to be, this is the event for you!

Bringing together Royal Society of Chemistry members, STEM ambassadors and teachers, this event aims to facilitate the sharing of ideas and experiences.

This event is open to all

Refreshments will be provided


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Tue 26 September 2017

17:00 – 19:00 BST

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St Augustine's R.C. High School

208 Broomhouse Road


EH12 9AD


Monster confidence event - Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh

6th October 2017

I wanted to get in touch and let you know about #MonsterConfidence Edinburgh. This is our 200-attendee conference style day for girls aged 15+ (school & uni/college students) to gain some inspiration in STEM careers and confidence in themselves

Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Campus, Edinburgh EH14 4AS

Interview Practice

A chance to get comfortable with speaking to employers about yourself, and asking the right questions.

Inspirational talks

Hear from people who have been there, done that, got the t-shirt and come back to help you do the same.

Meet the Industry

Hear about their ups and downs and build your network.

Career Workshops

Gain important skills for your future STEM career. A helping hand for your upcoming work experience, internships or full-time roles.

Running order 9am-4pm

Under 18s and 18+ will be split for Workshops & Networking sessions.

Registration & Check-in

Inspirational Keynote

Workshops & Networking


Inspirational Keynote

Workshops & Networking

Panel, Prizes, Plenary


If you wish to take part and can help, please contact Amanda Gray at 

You can also check out the website


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 or Paul Strachan (Festivals & Community Engagement Officer) at

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 

Science Gala Days

Each of our 8 gala days will be different. Some are themed and others are more general. Depending on the size of each venue, there will be between 6 – 25 table top activities at each event, and the numbers attending vary between 100 -500.

We are looking for drop-in table top style activities, small demonstrations and possible mini workshops too.

Science Gala Day





Science Alive (life sciences)



Lasswade Centre

11am – 3pm

Wild Science (outdoor and environmental)



Vogrie Country Park

11am - 3pm

Bright Sparks (under 5’s)



Danderhall library

10am – 1pm

Sports Science and Exercise



Gorebridge Leisure Centre

11am – 3pm

Let’s Rocket to Space



Newtongrange Library

1pm - 4pm

Science Gala Day



Dalkeith library and arts centre

11am – 3pm

Science Gala Day



Mayfield Library

1pm – 4pm

Dino and Rocks Day



Loanhead Library

11am – 3pm


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


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

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Number of STEM Ambassadors


Number of Pupils


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Contact STEM East if you can help support this event 


Computer Programming Workshop for S3 Pupils at Wallace High School, Stirling- November 2017


We have received a request for STEM Ambassador support from Stuart Winton, who is a Computing teacher, at the Wallace High School in Stirling.

The Computing Department would like support to deliver a workshop on programming with their S3 pupils in November 2017. There is no specific date(s) but a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday would be ideal.

There are 3 classes of S3 pupils, and Stuart would like them all to be involved in the activity, so this could be spread over a day - or more - if deemed appropriate. This can be discussed and agreed with Stuart prior to the event.

If you are interested, willing and able to support this request, please contact Stuart Winton at Wallace High School directly for further information via:

Thanks in advance for your help and support - it is much appreciated!

Activity Date

November 2017

Number of STEM Ambassadors


Number of Pupils

3 x S3 Computing Classes

Pupil Age Group

S3 - 14 Years


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


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


Number of Pupils


Pupil Age Group

S2 - 13 Years

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


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


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Pupil Age Group



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


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.


Activity Date

Wednesday 7th March 2018.

Number of STEM Ambassadors


Contact:- Sarah Shanks at Victoria Primary- email :-


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