The South’s STEM Ambassadors win two awards for inspiring young minds

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The South of England’s thriving community of STEM Ambassadors have seen their passion for inspiring the next generation receive national recognition for excellence. Two champions for science, technology, engineering and mathematics were presented with STEM Inspiration Awards at the House of Lords
 

The UK-wide awards celebrate individuals and organisations working to inspire young people in STEM subjects, and showcase the best engagement projects and partnerships happening across the country.

The winners – Sergeant Paula Cil of RAF Benson in Oxfordshire and Berkshire-based technology company Cisco Systems – are members of the Central South England STEM Ambassador Hub, which is coordinated by the STEM NOW team at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium.

Emily Thorpe-Smith, Director of STEM Engagement at Winchester Science Centre said: “It has been great to partner with these two wonderful STEM Ambassador role models. Role models are an essential way to showcase the STEM industry and ensure young people have real people that they can aspire to learn from and follow.

Sergeant Cil was named Outstanding New STEM Ambassadorfor the significant contribution she has made at RAF Benson and the young people in her area. Meanwhile, Cisco Systems won the STEM Employer (large companies) award for its organisation-wide commitment to the UK agenda to encourage the next generation into STEM careers.

The STEM NOW team and Ambassadors were invited by Lord Sainsbury of Truville, a former Minister of Science and Innovation, to receive their awards at the House of Lords.

Ben Ward, CEO of Winchester Science Centre added: “I’m thrilled that the Science Centre’s Central South England STEM Ambassador Hub has been recognised in this way. The work of our STEM NOW team is so important, we need to inspire the next generation into STEM careers and our Ambassadors have such an important role to play in order to achieve that.”

The Central South England STEM Ambassador Hub covers Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. It aims to capture the imaginations of young people with real-life applications of STEM and open up the many opportunities available to them in linked industries and careers.

The Central South STEM Ambassadors include apprentices, zoologists, set designers, climate change scientists, engineers, farmers, geologists, nuclear physicists, and architects. They volunteer their time freely to talk to young people about their careers and facilitate events in their workplaces. They also support teachers in the classroom by explaining current applications of STEM in industry or research.

For more information about becoming a STEM Ambassador visit the STEM NOW website: www.stemnow.org

The South of England’s thriving community of STEM Ambassadors have seen their passion for inspiring the next generation receive national recognition for excellence. Two champions for science, technology, engineering and mathematics were presented with STEM Inspiration Awards at the House of Lords.

The UK-wide awards celebrate individuals and organisations working to inspire young people in STEM subjects, and showcase the best engagement projects and partnerships happening across the country.

The winners – Sergeant Paula Cil of RAF Benson in Oxfordshire and Berkshire-based technology company Cisco Systems – are members of the Central South England STEM Ambassador Hub, which is coordinated by the STEM NOW team at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium.

Emily Thorpe-Smith, Director of STEM Engagement at Winchester Science Centre said: “It has been great to partner with these two wonderful STEM Ambassador role models. Role models are an essential way to showcase the STEM industry and ensure young people have real people that they can aspire to learn from and follow.

Sergeant Cil was named Outstanding New STEM Ambassador for the significant contribution she has made at RAF Benson and the young people in her area. Meanwhile, Cisco Systems won the STEM Employer (large companies) award for its organisation-wide commitment to the UK agenda to encourage the next generation into STEM careers.

The STEM NOW team and Ambassadors were invited by Lord Sainsbury of Truville, a former Minister of Science and Innovation, to receive their awards at the House of Lords. 

Ben Ward, CEO of Winchester Science Centre added: “I’m thrilled that the Science Centre’s Central South England STEM Ambassador Hub has been recognised in this way. The work of our STEM NOW team is so important, we need to inspire the next generation into STEM careers and our Ambassadors have such an important role to play in order to achieve that.”

The Central South England STEM Ambassador Hub covers Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. It aims to capture the imaginations of young people with real-life applications of STEM and open up the many opportunities available to them in linked industries and careers.

The Central South STEM Ambassadors include apprentices, zoologists, set designers, climate change scientists, engineers, farmers, geologists, nuclear physicists, and architects. They volunteer their time freely to talk to young people about their careers and facilitate events in their workplaces. They also support teachers in the classroom by explaining current applications of STEM in industry or research.

For more information about becoming a STEM Ambassador visit the STEM NOW website: www.stemnow.org