STEM Learning is the largest provider of education and careers support in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Their STEM Ambassadors programme sees volunteers aged 17 and upwards representing a vast range of STEM-related jobs work with young people to bring STEM subjects alive through real life experiences. They help to open the doors to a world of opportunities and possibilities which come from pursuing STEM subjects and careers.
Finding a STEM Ambassador:
If you work in education or community groups working with young people, STEM Ambassadors can be found to support your STEM activities in three ways:
- On the STEM Ambassador website - register and post your requirements to directly communicate with STEM Ambassadors or browse through the offer pages of local STEM Ambassadors, and express an interest in any offers that might be a good match
- Via your local STEM Ambassador Hub - Hubs coordinate the volunteering opportunities across the UK. If you are not sure exactly what you are looking for, contact your Hub for support
- Through your existing contacts - consider connecting with local employers that you know. Encourage parents and guardians to sign up and volunteer at your local group.
Becoming a STEM Ambassador:
By signing up as an Ambassador you will bring your sector to life talking about everyday experiences at careers events, classroom lessons, STEM-focused events and workshops for teachers and career influencers. With your help, young people will understand how skills and qualifications in subjects such as sciences, technology, maths, IT and technology, as well as many others, are required for STEM careers. Ambassadors can decide the amount of time they spend on activities, the age group they would like to work with, the types of activities they would like to be involved with and how they engage with young people, such as using online platforms or in person. All that is asked is that you undertake at least one activity per year. To become a STEM Ambassador, you can register via the STEM Learning website: https://www.stem.org.uk/stem-ambassadors/join-stem-ambassador-programme.
Lantra Scotland have worked in collaboration with STEM Ambassador East to create two specific Ambassadors schemes - Forestry and Aquaculture. Through these schemes, we want to make sure that those working in aquaculture have the support materials they need in order to take part in STEM activities. To find out more and register for the schemes, please follow the links below: