What are the benefits of being a STEM Ambassador?
91% of STEM Ambassadors said that volunteering for the programme gave them increased personal satisfaction.
Evaluation Findings - STEMNET’s Operations and Impacts 2011-2015 - Taken from the independent evaluation by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER)
By becoming a STEM Ambassador, you will be fulfilling an important role. Not only will you be helping to inform and enthuse teachers and students about studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics and the potential career opportunities that they open up, you will also be highlighting the importance of these subjects in everyday life.
Of course the benefits are not just one-way, being an Ambassador will have benefits for you, not least of which is that we're sure that you will find the experience enjoyable and personally rewarding. It can also help you to develop skills such as communication, project management and mentoring, and help boost your confidence in public speaking and working with young people. Participation can also be accredited as Continuing Professional Development with many Professional Institutions, meaning your involvement with the programme can give a real boost to your career.
What kind of activities would I be doing?
As an ambassador you could be involved in mentoring, company visits, classroom support (talks or practical activities), or big events like the Big Bang Fair South East, with young people of all ages. We send out a newsletter to our ambassadors every fortnight which details our current school requests - or you can always offer your services if you'd like to do something specific!
We recognise that most ambassadors have a lot of demands on their time, and we don't expect you to give up your job! Each ambassador is just asked to do a minimum of one activity a year , but you can get far more involved if you have the time!
If you have any queries, please email STEM Sussex on firstname.lastname@example.org
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The UK-wide STEM Ambassador programme is managed by STEM Learning. Click this link to go to their registration page.
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"I would encourage anyone that can spare the time as it is very rewarding and from the response you get you feel that you have encouraged students to enter the field of science."
SICPA UK Ltd
"I get to put something back into the ‘system’ and help inspire a new generation of technical people, this helps my company in giving back to the community, something Parafix believes strongly in."
Parafix Tapes and Conversions Ltd
"It’s been incredibly beneficial for me. I’ve really developed my communication skills to a point where I’m able to communicate with pupils of all different levels, abilities and backgrounds."