What is the requirement of me as a STEM Ambassador?
Only requirement is to carry out 1 activity per year. If you carry out any STEM related activity you need to update your activity on your profile. This is the only way we know whether someone has carried out an activity.
What counts as an activity?
Its quite simple really...
- The activity must be FREE of charge to schools and young people.
- It must be STEM related in some shape or form and
- Must be aimed at young people ages 3-18.
Where do I log my activity?
On your profile, which can be accessed HERE
What happens if I don't manage to carry out the one activity in a 12 month period?
Quite simply your profile will become inactive and records will be archived, and you will not be able to log in. You will also stop receiving communications from us. It's important you keep your profile up to date, with activities and also your personal details.
Six Easy Steps to finding activities on the national platform
STEM Ambassador Resources/Loan Kits
At the East of Scotland Hub, we have a number of physical resources that STEM Ambassadors can borrow to help carry out activities.
These can be borrowed on a loan basis from the Hub, and collected from our office in Dunfermline.
If you would like to know more, please contact Kevin McKeever at the Hub
Classroom Knex Kits -
Avail - 8 (age 3+)
KNEX Roller Coaster
Qty Available - 4
Qty Available - 3
Trick Test Challenge - 1 avail
Sick Science Fast Physics
Inspiring Young People in STEM- FREE CPD
STEM Ambassador online CPD is now live
STEM Ambassadors can now book onto the programme of four free online CPD activities that we have created especially for them. Designed to help them plan and carry out effective STEM activities, the courses will equip them with the skills and confidence to inspire young people in STEM subjects and careers.
To join the online learning please click HERE
The four courses can be taken flexibly, each lasting two weeks. Courses become available on the dates below, and STEM Ambassadors can book onto each course throughout the year via FutureLearn:
If you wish to be covered for the STEM Ambassador insurance for specific planned activities, workshops, events please get in touch by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org in advance of the activity. Please include the date of the activity, brief description, number of pupils, school or venue etc.
Insurance cannot be backdated.
I'm a Scientist - Opportunities for STEM Ambassadors
Engage school students with science from your desk this British Science Week!
I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here is an online STEM engagement competition that gets people from all areas and roles in science talking with curious school students. Scientists can apply now to take part in the next event running 9–20 March alongside British Science Week- featuring AI Zone, Food Zone, Energy Zone, Space Zone and more.
“After my first live chat, I was hooked! The enthusiasm of the students was inspiring, and the questions were incredibly thought-provoking.” David , physicist
Apply now for I’m a Scientist at imascientist.org.uk/scientist-apply
Taking part is an enjoyable and easy way to get involved in STEM engagement. You'll develop your communication skills and gain a fresh perspective on your work, through showing students what it’s really like to be a scientist.
Fill in your profile page, answer questions and use the text based chat system with UK school students. Everything happens online; you take part from your desk or smartphone. There’s no need to prepare activities or take time out of the office. Even better students vote for their favourite scientist, who wins £500 to fund more engagement activities.
Apply by Monday 27th January, and find out more, at imascientist.org.uk/scientists
Any questions, contact email@example.com or call 01225 326 892
Additional opportunities for STEM Ambassadors
Girls Who Code Clubs are FREE programmes that get girls ages 11-18 excited about coding and computer science. In Clubs, girls engage in fun and engaging online coding tutorials, build community through interactive activities, learn about inspiring role models in tech, and work together to design solutions to real-world problems facing their communities. Clubs are designed to be run by anyone, regardless of experience with computer science. This Clubs Overview flyer includes all programme details.
Join students and educators across the country by partnering with Girls Who Codeto bring computer science opportunities to girls in your community! Girls Who Code Clubs are FREE programmes that are designed to get girls ages 11-18 excited about computer science. Clubs can run before, during or after school, on weekends or over the summer. In Clubs, girls engage in fun and engaging online coding tutorials, build community through interactive activities, learn about inspiring role models in tech, and work together to design solutions to real-world problems facing their communities. Clubs are designed to be run by anyone, regardless of experience with computer science. This flyer tells you everything you need to know about starting a Club.
Learn more by signing up for an upcoming Girls Who Code webinar.
Ready to join the movement? Complete a Clubs application here!
Have questions? Contact Girls Who Code at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Additional Training for Approved STEM Ambassadors
For details of additional training available for approved STEM Ambassadors please click HERE to visit our training page
STEM AMBASSADORS INSURANCE 2019/ 2020
STEM Ambassador impact tool guidance
The STEM Ambassador Impact tool has been developed as a quick and easy method of collecting data about the impact your engagement has on the young people involved. Young people will mark their agreement to four statements about engagement, aspirations, skills and careers using a 4-point scale (shown in the picture below).
Using the target
There are a number of ways to use the tool to collect data from young people and you should use the method most appropriate for your engagement. However you choose to collect the data, the young people involved should always respond at the end of the engagement or activity.
It is recommended that you print one impact target and allow the young people to mark their agreement to each statement directly onto the printout using pens or stickers. If possible, you should distinguish between males and females by using different coloured pens/stickers (please avoid pink and blue).Depending on group size, 1 per table could work better!
Click HERE to access a PDF copy of the target
- If you need copies printed and don't have printer access, please get in touch with the Hub and we will happy to help
- Feel free to send completed impact targets directly to the Hub for collation
Feedback Postcards for STEM Ambassadors
We also have feedback postcards we can provide you with as a STEM Ambassador which act as a useful way for young people to capture feedback on their experience engaging with STEM Ambassadors.
If you would like copies of these, please get in touch in touch
TOP TIPS FOR STEM AMBASSADORS
TOP TIPS- HANDLING NERVES FOR STEM AMBASSADORS
Curriculum in Scotland
As a STEM Ambassador, no one expects you to be an expert on the Curriculum. The role of a STEM Ambassador is to inspire young people in STEM subjects, providing expertise that is not always readily available in the classroom. STEM Ambassadors bring learning alive in the classroom, often using a real life context or application in industry or the world of work.
The teacher is the one responsible for delivering Curriculum For Excellence, and interpreting how they can meet E&O's (Curriculum For Excellence Experiences & Outcomes), and how STEM Ambassadors can help compliment the teaching and delivery.
More information on Curriculum For Excellence can be found HERE
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