What is STEM?
STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines:
STEM education in the UK has grown in recent years as a curriculum that aims to skill students by presenting a cohesive learning platform that based on real-world applications. It underpins the foundational stage of many sectors, including healthcare, and is often integral to an organisation and thus is becoming an ever-more important field for students.
What is a STEM Ambassador?
Why become a STEM Ambassador?
STEM Ambassadors make an impact by:
On a personal level, STEM Ambassadors increase their:
Becoming a member will allow you to:
Registering is free, quick and easy!
How much time do I need to commit?
It is up to you to choose/offer the activities you have the time and feel comfortable getting involved with. The only commitment is that you undertake at least one activity per year.
The STEM Ambassador programme is flexible, allowing you to volunteer in a way that suits you; it could be online or in person, in schools or in community groups, by supporting lessons or extra-curricular activities and working with young people or their educators.
Once you are approved as a STEM Ambassador, opportunities are presented to you by STEM via your personal Dashboard. You can also use your own materials, such as the STEM Careers in Eyecare lesson plan as provided by ABDO.
How to apply
Registration is completely free.
Once you have passed your DBS check, sign up with the DBS Update service. The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Update Service allows:
There is no charge if you are a volunteer.
STEM Learning (stem.org.uk) provide you with everything that you need.
Local STEM Ambassador Hubs
A network of 19 STEM Ambassador Hubs coordinate the volunteering opportunities of over 30,000 STEM Ambassador volunteers across the UK. STEM Ambassador Hubs offer a range of support, opportunities and local expertise. They develop links between groups and individuals working to enhance young people’s STEM education.
Whether you are a teacher, group leader, STEM Ambassador or employer, your local STEM Ambassador Hub is available to support you with anything related to the STEM Ambassador programme. Find your local Hub’s details:
Careers in Eyecare is an ABDO initiative that is gaining more and more support and interest within the sector.
We believe that a great way that ABDO staff and members can enhance Careers in Eyecare is through the STEM Ambassador route.
To make your first session as easy and pain free as possible, we have worked with a group of academies to create a careers lesson plan for STEM Careers in Eyecare. It’s really simple and easy to implement as it utilises the information already on the webpages.
The lesson plan can be found here.
So what are you waiting for?