STEM Ambassadors

Do you have a background in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths?

You can inspire and excite young people by sharing your experiences and applying to become a STEM Ambassador.

What is a STEM Ambassador?

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The STEM Ambassadors Programme enables anyone with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills to inspire young people and demonstrate the possibilities of STEM subjects and careers. The occupations of STEM Ambassadors are very wide ranging, including environmental scientists, chemists, civil engineers, marine biologists, medical physicists, pharmacists, apprentices and energy analysts to name but a few. Anyone who uses STEM skills, and is willing and able to excite young people about STEM subjects, can apply to become a STEM Ambassador.

Here is what one local teacher said about her experience using STEM Ambassadors.  "Just wanted to say thank you for organising the three STEM ambassadors. They were excellent!  Events for Year 10 and Year 9 have worked so well I would definitely like to run them again next year!"

After a recent activity a STEM Ambassador said, "If I could have taken a picture to sum up what being a STEM ambassador is about, it would have been a picture of the girls photographing their marble runs after piecing them all together. I feel privileged to have witnessed the ideas growing, the collaboration and finally the proud looks and smiles of accomplishment."

The Programme is funded by the Department for Business, Energy, Innovation and Skills (BEIS) and is already supported by employers in every part of the UK who encourage their staff to become STEM Ambassadors. 

 

 


Further information about identity checks

All STEM Ambassadors are required to have an acceptable current Enhanced Child Workforce Disclosure Certificate. To facilitate this for individuals who do not already hold a suitable Disclosure Certificate, STEM Learning is a Registered Body and can organise Disclosure applications online.

Once the application has been processed you will be required to provide proof of identity. Here are some useful documents to help you with this.

Easy Guide to Identity Documents Required for DBS Applications

Full list of Acceptable ID for DBS Applications

When you have received a Disclosure Certificate you will be invited to register on the Update Service. This will mean that you may never have to complete another Disclosure application for a Certificate of a similar type. For more information about the Disclosure Barring Service download the FAQs.

 


STEM Ambassadors make a huge impact through a wide variety of activities - read more here...

 READ MORE ABOUT THE IMPACT ON STUDENTS

 

STEM Ambassadors use their individual skills and availability to support the brilliant work of teachers in schools to excite young people about STEM. They participate in a wide range of activities such as giving careers talks, helping with projects in after-school STEM clubs or challenge days and judging competitions. They also support and inspire teachers in the classroom and help them update their knowledge of contemporary science, technology and research processes. 

Becoming an active STEM Ambassador gives you a chance to share your enthusiasm for your profession and inspire young people to have a more positive view of both STEM subjects and STEM careers. It is also an opportunity to 'give some thing back' to your community and industry. Not forgetting that it is also great fun! When asked, active STEM Ambassadors told us that volunteering through the scheme had:

  • Contributed to their personal and professional development;
  • Improved their own communication and presentation skills;
  • Increased their understanding of young people's capability and skills;
  • Given their employer a higher profile in their local community.

For a better idea of what STEM Ambassadors do explore the Ambassador profiles.

Please note: all STEM Ambassadors are required to have an acceptable current Enhanced Child Workforce Disclosure Certificate. To facilitate this for individuals who do not already hold a suitable Disclosure Certificate, STEM Learning is a Registered Body and can organise Disclosure applications online. When you have received a Disclosure Certificate you will be invited to register on the Update Service. This will mean that you may never have to complete another Disclosure application for a Certificate of a similar type. For more information about the Disclosure Barring Service download the FAQs.

For more information about opportunities to volunteering contact the STEM team by email - Ambassadors@winchestersciencecentre.org - or call 01962 891920.