STEM Ambassadors are people just like you, people who wish to promote the STEM subjects with learners. They don’t all do public speaking, or work in classrooms nor are they internationally famous, although some are.
There are a great number of ways in which STEM Ambassadors can support schools and learners, for example by:
The STEM ambassadors programme is coordinated UK wide by STEMNET.
STEM ambassadors are free of charge to schools.
Why become a STEM Ambassador?
There are many schemes that encourage volunteers to support and visit schools; they have a range of names, “facilitators”, “supporters”, etc. However, STEM is a national scheme for schools and colleges. All Ambassadors receive training, have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (previously CRB check), are insured, and become part of the more than 19,000 Ambassadors representing more than 1500 different employers.
Being a STEM Ambassador does not stop you doing what you might already be doing in supporting schools, but it does provide you with (insurance and) a quality mark that is recognised nationally.
As a national STEM Ambassador you will be linked to STEM in a way that being a local ambassador or facilitator cannot but, more importantly, as part of this national scheme your work is celebrated across the country, and the work you undertake in schools and the community is shared.
The first National STEM Ambassador celebrations took place in April 2009 at the House of Lords. Awards for contributions to STEM were made to a number of active Ambassadors across the country. Next year it would be wonderful to celebrate the work of our local STEM Ambassadors.
If you wish to support the STEM agenda by being part of a national scheme,
As Kent & Medway STEM, we will get to know you and can celebrate the contribution you make in supporting the next generation of scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians.
We look forward to meeting you.