Volunteers needed for the Isle of Wight's Noel Turner Science Festival - 6 and 7 February 2020

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Do you work in a STEM-related job on the Isle of Wight? If so, we’d love to hear from you!

The Noël Turner Science Festival returns to the Isle of Wight on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 February. Over 3000 primary and secondary school children from across the Island will be attending the free event where they will experience hands-on science, meet industry experts and watch a live science show. The Festival is being organised by the independent educational charity Winchester Science Centre. The organisers are looking for real-life STEM professionals from the Isle of Wight to participate in a fun careers show-and-tell activity designed to widen the children’s understanding of the broad range of jobs available through STEM, the different routes to employment, what inspired people to work in their particular role and what the roles entail. The Science Centre is particularly keen to show children that everyone can pursue a STEM career and is looking for individuals that represent our diverse population in terms of age, gender, race, ethnicity, disability and sexuality, as well as those with varied routes to career.

What would I have to do?

You would be asked to talk about yourself, your job and the people, events and activities that helped you on your STEM career path. If your job involves the use of specialist, unusual and interesting instruments, tools, kit, then please do bring them along as they can provide great talking points and help get the conversation started. A large hall will be set up with tables for each STEM professional. The children, in groups of approximately 12-14, will visit up to four tables to take part in informal conversations facilitated by the volunteer. Each volunteer will be given a briefing sheet to help with the activity so that everyone feels relaxed and able to ask questions. The activity is designed to be fun, interesting and inspiring.

What jobs are you looking for?

Any STEM-related jobs are great and at any level – you might be an apprentice starting out on your career or at the top of your game; working with animals, people or the built environment; an engineer, researcher or technician. It’s hard to be what you can’t see so the more variety the better. If you love what you do and would like to help encourage children to develop their career aspirations, please do get in touch. We would love to hear from you!

How long will the event last?

Ideally we are looking for volunteers to be available to take part in the activity from 9.30am – 2.30pm. This includes 30 minutes set up and 30 minutes at the end of the session to evaluate the day. If you can encourage a colleague to join you, we’d be really happy for you to work together. There will be time for 5-minute toilet and tea breaks but ask that volunteers bring a packed lunch or snacks to keep them refuelled as, although schools will have staggered lunch breaks, the activities will be running continuously from 10am – 2pm so volunteers will be needed throughout this time.

Will I be paid?

No, we are asking for support in a voluntary capacity. However, many companies are willing to let employees volunteer as part of their corporate social responsibility programmes. After all, if you work in STEM jobs, volunteering to inspire the next generation helps provide the future workforce companies will need. Winchester Science Centre runs the STEM Ambassador programme, a national volunteering scheme for STEM professionals. We’d be happy to talk to your employer about the scheme which may well lead to new employee volunteer opportunities.

How do I sign up?

Please register via the Eventbrite link below. If you have any questions about the event please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01962 863 791 and speak to the STEM NOW team. Once you have signed up we will contact you with further details. Thank you for your support, we look forward to hearing from you and hopefully seeing you at the Noel Turner Science Festival!

REGISTER HERE