Back to experiences

Speaker

STEM Ambassadors

STEM Ambassadors from a wide range of STEM-related jobs to help bring subjects to life.

STEM Ambassadors

Life-changing impact for young people, delivered by STEM professionals in classrooms and communities.

STEM subjects are brought to life by over 37,000 volunteers, available across the UK, all free of charge. Inspiring communicators and relatable role models, they are here to help now, by connecting online. Aspirations are raised, careers illuminated and learning supported via a vast variety of activities including:

  • Practical classroom activities around a particular topic, i.e. building bridges using programmable robotics
  • Intro/outro Q&A sessions, where an Ambassador can spend 15 minutes answering students questions about their job and how they use various aspects of the curriculum
  • Careers talks, with Ambassadors highlighting the variety of routes into STEM, as well as how curriculum topics are used in their everyday life
  • Mentoring and judging competitions, such as The Big Bang Competition and FIRST Lego League

And many more! STEM Ambassadors can be flexible by adapting their activity and the way in which it is delivered to suit the needs of you and your students.

Duration

Varied depending on school requirements and volunteer availability.

 

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Learning what the engineering workplace is like

  • Develop engineering employability skills

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers

  • Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering

Subjects and topics

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computing
    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Physics
    • Agriculture and food
    • Biotechnology
    • Chemical engineering
    • Design, art and fashion
    • Electronics, robotics and programming
    • Energy and environment
    • Entertainment, sound and lighting
    • Humanitarian aid
    • Materials, products and manufacturing
    • Medicine and healthcare
    • Space and aerospace engineering
    • Sport and fitness
    • Structures, construction and civil engineering
    • Mechanical engineering, systems and processes
    • Transport

Gatsby benchmarks

The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • A stable careers programme
  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces
  • Encounters with further and higher education

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Aiming high - the ability to set clear, tangible goals and devise a robust route to achieving them.

  • Creativity - the use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.

  • Leadership - supporting, encouraging and motivating others to achieve a shared goal.

  • Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.

  • Problem solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

  • Staying positive - the ability to use tactics to overcome setbacks and achieve goals.

  • Teamwork - working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.

What the teachers say

We would love to read all about your time with this experience!

Log in to write a testimonial
It has challenged stereotypes and instilled a more ‘can-do’ attitude for STEM subjects and ‘why not me?’ The variety of challenges and activities with a range of different STEM Ambassadors meant that the pupils were really excited and enthused about what each day would bring.
Teacher St Mary’s Primary School
STEM Ambassadors who can talk about their everyday life once they’ve left school, or are further on in their developed careers, can really focus students. They’re effectively an interface between the student and the opportunities which are out there.
Russell Davies, Head of Design and Technology

Releated experiences

Icon representing Secondary education Secondary
Project

Youth STEM Matters

Do your students want to be heard on a global platform? Encourage them to submit an article to Youth STEM Matters, a youth-led scientific journal.

  • Ages 11 to 21
  • Online
  • Flexible project work
  • Cost may apply

Careers resources