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FAQ

General

  • Who on the team should I speak to?

    STEM Sussex is made up of a small and dedicated team. If you are not sure who you need to speak to about a particular event or project, have a look at our staff biography for the who’s who of STEM Sussex.

Schools

  • What are STEM Ambassadors?

    STEM Ambassadors are volunteers with a STEM background who give up time to inspire the next generation. They are a FREE resource for schools. To find our more or to request Ambassador support please visit: http://www.stemsussex.co.uk/volunteers/stem-ambassadors/stem-ambassadors-schools/

  • How can STEM Ambassadors support my school?

    STEM AMbassadors can support your school by:

    • Updating your knowledge of contemporary science, technology and research processes
    • Providing a real-world context for classroom learning of STEM subjects
    • Raising awareness of varied and impactful STEM career opportunities through career talks
    • Acting as role models for your students and increasing their aspirations
    • Supporting extra-curricular activities such as after-school clubs, participating with  career events or parents evenings
    • Creating links with local companies
    • Mentoring students undertaking CREST Awards or the Big Bang Competition.
    • Enriching delivery of the STEM curriculum, including lesson planning and practical activities
    • Accompanying visits off-site

    For more detailed information, and to apply for support please visit http://www.stemsussex.co.uk/volunteers/stem-ambassadors/stem-ambassadors-schools/

  • How do I get involved in the Big Bang Fair South East?

    The Big Bang Fair is an exciting, interactive event that’s loads of fun, but with serious careers messages underpinning it all. Students aged 9-19 can meet representatives from local employers and PEIs and see what a future career in STEM might look like. They’ll take part in a range of interactive workshops, shows and activities and get to try new things.

    If you want to get more information and register to attend: http://www.stemsussex.co.uk/secondary/whats-on-1/big-bang-fair-south-east/.

  • Are there other Big Bang events closer to me?

    Big Bang events are vibrant days enthusing the next generation with interactive table top activities which highlight the depth and range of career possibilities.  For Big Bang @ events near you, please visit: http://nearme.thebigbangfair.co.uk/regions/704

  • Am I eligible for free STEMfest activities?

    Currently schools in CrawleyCoastal West Sussex and East Sussex can get involved in their local STEMfests. Unfortunately, schools outside these regions don’t have a dedicated STEMfest (yet!) but can attend free events, such as the Big Bang Fair South East.

    Interested in a STEMfest in your region? We can support you to deliver a programme with a proven track record.

    Contact us to discuss. stemsussex@brighton.ac.uk

  • What is a CREST Award?

    http://www.stemsussex.co.uk/primary/competition-calendar/

    The CREST Awards scheme is the British Science Association’s flagship programme for young people, providing science enrichment activities to inspire and engage 5-to-19-year olds. It is the only nationally recognised accreditation scheme for project work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

    CREST gives students the chance to participate in hands-on science through investigations and enquiry-based learning. It can be run in schools, clubs, youth groups, other organisations or at home. They are well regarded, high quality and a tangible recognition of success.

    There are five CREST Award Levels, allowing students to progress through the scheme throughout their education. 

    For primary schools visit here: http://www.stemsussex.co.uk/competition/crest-star-award

    For secondary schools visit here:http://www.stemsussex.co.uk/secondary/schemes-and-competitions/crest-awards/

  • What can my school do for our STEM day or theme week?

    Cost is always a factor when planning a STEM enrichment day or theme week. Here are some suggestions you could consider to make it as affordable as possible.

    Our in-school Enrichment Activities are run at cost price. Have a look at the Primary or secondary activity areas on our website. We can discuss ways of making the activity affordable for your school or adapting it for your school's needs. 

    If you are a primary school, consider doing a CREST Star Award please visit http://www.crestawards.org/run-crest-awards/crest-star/. Free resources for KS1 and KS2.

    For all schools – visit our ideas and inspiration area. You can filter by subject area and Key Stage to find something to suit your school’s needs. 

    Why not enter a competition to win some amazing prices for your school. For the primary competition calendar, click here. For the secondary competition calendar, click here

    Plan your theme week or STEM day to coincide with your nearest STEMfest. Currently schools in CrawleyCoastal West Sussex and East Sussex can get involved in their local STEMfests.

    Unfortunately, schools outside these regions don’t have a dedicated STEMfest (yet!) but can attend free events, such as the Big Bang Fair South East.

  • Can you help us find work experience for our students?

    We coordinate the popular Nuffield Research Placements scheme in Sussex and Hampshire, for year 12 students, but unfortunately we do not have the resources to support work experience other than this, and for data protection reasons are unable to share details of our contacts. Occasionally companies will email us offering work experience, and in these instances we will advertise it via our school newsletter. To subscribe to our monthly newsletter please sign up here

  • What’s going on this year?

    We have events and activities running throughout the year. There are several ways you can keep in touch:

    Visit the ‘what’s on?’ section in the primary or secondary school area:

    Primary What’s on?

    Secondary What’s on?

    Alternatively, you can follow us on social media:

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    F: stemsussex1

    Blog: http://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/stemsussex/

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Employers

  • What activities, schemes and events do you run?

    STEM Ambassadors are volunteers with a STEM background who give up time to inspire the next generation. Become an Ambassador or support your employees' participation in the STEM Ambassador programme. STEM Ambassadors motivate young learners whilst developing their own communication, presentation and planning skills. It is a fantastic way to promote your company within your local community. For more information please visit: http://www.stemsussex.co.uk/volunteers/stem-ambassadors/stem-ambassadors-companies/

    Big Bang @ events - Each STEMfest (see below) culminates in a Big Bang event, a vibrant day enthusing the next generation with interactive table top activities which highlight the depth and range of career possibilities.  For Big Bang @ events near you, please visit: http://nearme.thebigbangfair.co.uk/regions/704

    STEMfest is a series of free workshops, activities and shows that take place in schools, colleges, in the community and with local employers. There are now several STEMfests across the South East that showcase the latest STEM innovations, careers and opportunities. As an employer, there are lots of ways to get involved. For More information about Crawley, Coastal, East Sussex and Lewes please visit http://www.stemfest.co.uk/

    Nuffield Research Placements offer over 1000 funded placements a year to UK students wanting to get an insight into the world of scientific,  research and development, including areas of technology, engineering and maths.

    Placements are offered to students in Year 12 studying STEM subjects and last four to six weeks, in universities, industry or research institutions during the summer holidays.

    There are no upfront costs to prokect providers. ll we ask you to offer is the premises and you/your staff's time to supervise the students. The students' travel costs are covered and there is an additional bursary for those from low income backgrounds.

    For more information please visit: http://www.stemsussex.co.uk/secondary/schemes-and-competitions/nuffield-research-placements/providers/

    The Engineering Education Scheme (EES) in England & Scotland is an EDT Programme which links teams of talented and motivated Year 12 (age 16/17) students and their teacher with local companies to work on real, scientific, engineering and technological problems. The scheme runs from October to April each year. 

    Working with young people on the EES makes a huge difference to your business. EES students offer a fresh perspecctive and can support skill development of existing employees. If you are an employer and want to work with talented and motivated students please visit http://www.stemsussex.co.uk/employers/how-to-get-involved/engineering-education-scheme/

  • What are STEM Ambassadors?

    STEM Ambassadors are volunteers with a STEM background who give up time to inspire the next generation. Become an Ambassador or support your employees' participation in the STEM Ambassador programme. STEM Ambassadors motivate young learners whilst developing their own communication, presentation and planning skills. It is a fantastic way to promote your company within your local community.

    For more information please visit: http://www.stemsussex.co.uk/volunteers/stem-ambassadors/stem-ambassadors-companies/

  • How do I get involved in the Big Bang Fair South East?

    The Big Bang Fair is an exciting, interactive event that’s loads of fun, but with serious career messages underpinning it all. Students aged 9-19 can meet representatives from local employers and PEIs and see what a future career in STEM might look like. They’ll take part in a range of interactive workshops, shows and activities and get to try new things.

    For Big Bang @ events near you, please visit: http://nearme.thebigbangfair.co.uk/regions/704

    If you are an employer and want to get involved with providing an activity or sponsorship, please contact southeast@thebigbangfair.co.uk.

  • What is the Nuffield Research Placement Scheme ?

    Nuffield Research Placements offer over 1000 funded placements a year to UK students wanting to get an insight into the world of scientific,  research and development, including areas of technology, engineering and maths.

    Placements are offered to students in Year 12 studying STEM subjects. Through the scheme, students get the opportunity to work alongside practising scientists, technologist, engineers and mathematicians in the workplace. Placements last four to six weeks, in universities, industry or research institutions during the summer holidays.

    There are no upfront costs to prokect providers. ll we ask you to offer is the premises and you/your staff's time to supervise the students. The students' travel costs are covered and there is an additional bursary for those from low income backgrounds.

    For more information please visit: http://www.stemsussex.co.uk/secondary/schemes-and-competitions/nuffield-research-placements/providers/

  • What do I need to know about the Engineering Education Scheme?

    ​The Engineering Education Scheme (EES) in England & Scotland is an EDT Programme which links teams of talented and motivated Year 12 (age 16/17) students and their teacher with local companies to work on real, scientific, engineering and technological problems. The scheme runs from October to April each year. 

    The scheme provides students with an in-depth experience in science, engineering and technology that will enable them to make an informed decision about their future studies and career.
     
    Working with young people on the EES makes a huge difference to your business. EES students offer a fresh perspecctive and can support skill development of existing employees. 

    If you are an employer and want to work with talented and motivated students please visit http://www.stemsussex.co.uk/employers/how-to-get-involved/engineering-education-scheme/

Volunteers

  • What are STEM Ambassadors?

    STEM Ambassadors are volunteers with a STEM background who give up time to inspire the next generation. 

    They cross all ages and backgrounds, representing thousands of different employers across the UK. Our Ambassadors include apprentices, zoologists, set designers, climate change scientists, engineers, farmers, geologists, nuclear physicists, and architects. They help to open the doors to a world of opportunities and possibilities which come from pursuing STEM subjects and careers. They not only inspire young people; they also support teachers in the classroom by explaining current applications of STEM in industry or research.

    If you are an individual and want to know more, please visit: http://www.stemsussex.co.uk/volunteers/stem-ambassadors/stem-ambassadors-individuals/
     
    If you are an employer and want to get your company involved: http://www.stemsussex.co.uk/volunteers/stem-ambassadors/stem-ambassadors-companies/
     
    Alternatively, get in touch with us to find out how we can help you inspire your young people or to find out more about motivating young people by becoming a STEM Ambassador. Contact Daniel Hawkins on 01273 644750 or email him via ambassadors@brighton.ac.uk.
  • How do I get involved in the Big Bang Fair South East?

    The Big Bang Fair is an exciting, interactive event that’s loads of fun, but with serious career messages underpinning it all. Students aged 9-19 can meet representatives from local employers and PEIs and see what a future career in STEM might look like. They’ll take part in a range of interactive workshops, shows and activities and get to try new things.

    If you are an volunteer and want to get involved with providing an activity or sponsorship, please contact southeast@thebigbangfair.co.uk.