Posted On 19 Dec 2012 by debp
Five STEM Ambassadors took part in a What’s my line type activity at Springwell Community School over two days in December 2012.
Students were able to ask each STEM Ambassador up to 20 questions and then guess their job. Once correctly guessed or revealed, the STEM Ambassador gave a short talk about their career path, what they wanted to be when they were younger and so on. The main aim of each session was to raise awareness of the different STEM careers.
One of the STEM Ambassadors said, “The pupils saw me and assumed that I worked in either the medical or biological fields (Asian female). It was good to make them realise that they don't have to stick to the stereotypes.”
Katie Cook, Student Progress Leader for Year 8 said, “Thank you to all the STEM Ambassadors for giving up their time and talking to the pupils at Springwell. They did a great job and were so enthusiastic. It was much appreciated by all.”
Posted On 14 Dec 2012 by debp
STEM Ambassadors recently volunteered their time to support the BIG event and helped hundreds of Year 9 pupils learn about qualifications, careers and much more!
DEBP were one of the organisations that had a stand within the marketplace area, where young people had an opportunity to find out about progression routes and career opportunities from a range of education providers. DEBP had a focus on STEM and had a range of interactive activities that pupils could get involved in including computer microscopes, plasma globes, magnetism and much more! It enabled the young people to try lots of fun activities and get lots of facts about STEM subjects and careers in the related industries.
The STEM Ambassadors were also able to share their experience of STEM and provide a real-life relevance to what the young people were learning throughout the day.
The event was organised by the Learning Community Partnerships and held at the Hayes Conference Centre for schools in the Alfreton, Bolsover, Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire areas.
Posted On 9 Nov 2012 by debp
Three STEM Ambassadors recently took part in a STEM workshop at Alfreton Grange Arts College with groups of up to 15 Year 12 and 13 students.
The workshop, which was repeated three times, involved the Ambassadors talking about their different careers including:
- Peter Kelsey, Rolls-Royce - Engineering with a specialism in non-destructive testing
- Adam Littlewood, Rolls-Royce - Mechanical Engineering
- Anne Haslam, Astrazeneca - IT but with an interest in physics
The focus of the talk was on their career, how they got there – advice they were given along the way, course choices and so on - and why they made the decisions they did.
The workshop took place as part of a series of workshops that students were able to select to attend in relation to further education and careers.
Andy Bowling, Head of Sixth Form at the school said, "A huge thank you to all those involved in this day. The student questionnaires were extremely positive and complimentary about the workshops they attended. I know they will benefit from these in many ways."
Posted On 24 Oct 2012 by debp
DEBP and two local STEM Ambassadors had queues of Year 10 and 11 students and their parents keen to talk to them at a recent career fair at The Long Eaton School.
DEBP were having a stand at the event and wanted STEM Ambassadors to support with giving out information on the STEM subjects, whilst also sharing their own story about getting into a STEM career, why they made the decisions they did and so on. Clive Breen from Rolls-Royce plc and Amanda Jackson from Derby Hospitals NHS Trust responded to the request and were a fantastic support throughout the evening.
Clive said, “I got huge satisfaction from sharing my experiences with the queues of parents and students wanting to talk to us. Everyone was so appreciative of the advice I was able to give about getting to work with a company like Rolls-Royce plc. They were also keen to hear about own personal experiences of education and work as an engineer.”
Posted On 21 Jun 2012 by debp
William Allitt Science College celebrated the achievements of students that have taken part in the CREST awards at an event at the school last week. CREST is a project based awards scheme, which is part of the British Science Association’s STEM enrichment activities.
DEBP had a stand at the event as deliverers of CREST in Derbyshire. We also had support from two STEM Ambassadors, who were able to encourage young people and their parents to think about opportunities available when following a STEM-related career. They were also able to challenge students about their CREST project ideas.
Some of the project titles included: Building and Designing an Earthquake Simulator; Investigating the effectiveness of hypertonic drinks; Investigating the effectiveness of memory training games; and Inventing a Magnetic Fish Tank Cleaner.
It was a great event and students should be really proud of the work they have been doing to achieve their CREST awards.
Posted On 30 May 2012 by debp
We were overwhelmed by the response from STEM Ambassadors interested in a request we sent out for mentors to work with individual students aged between 14 and 16 at Derby Moor Community Sports College Trust.
Mentoring aims to improve the engagement, attendance and achievement of young people and mentors provide impartial advice, guidance and act as a positive role model.
The mentors have now taken part in some training and will start the programme in September 2012.
Posted On 14 Nov 2011 by debp
DEBP are looking for volunteers – either individuals or from businesses – who have a Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM) background to help inspire and enthuse young people.
STEM Ambassadors support activities with schools and help bring STEM subjects alive through their own first-hand experience. They act as positive role models representing the many careers and opportunities available in the area. This may be through career talks, workplace visits, classroom projects and much more!
By becoming a STEM Ambassador you have the chance to get an insight into, and the opportunity to shape how young people are being prepared for the workplace. It also gives you the chance to raise awareness of your company and industry in the local community, challenge stereotypes and increase recruitment opportunities, as well as developing your key skills and improving motivation.
Kaye Twomlow, DEBP company director said, “Derbyshire currently have over 500 enthusiastic STEM Ambassadors and we are currently looking for more! Whatever your STEM background or career we would love to hear from you. Your involvement can be as little or much as you want but it will make a huge difference to pupils’ outlook on the world of work.”
Posted On 12 Sep 2011 by debp
DEBP have been successfully awarded the STEMNET – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network – contract for the delivery of its Schools STEM Advisory Network and STEM Ambassadors Programme for young people in Derbyshire and Derby City.
As part of the STEM Advisory Network we will keep schools informed about high quality activities they can access to enrich and enhance the STEM curriculum.
Through the STEM Ambassadors Programme teachers will be able to incorporate exemplary links to the world of work by using STEM Ambassadors. These are volunteers - either individuals or from businesses - who have a STEM background or who use STEM in their daily work.
Derbyshire currently have over 500 enthusiastic Ambassadors who help to inspire and enthuse young people, bringing STEM subjects alive through their own first hand experience. This may be through career talks, workplace visits, classroom projects and much more!
Kaye Twomlow, DEBP company director said: “We will play a key role in increasing the awareness of STEM and STEM Ambassadors will act as positive role models, representing the many careers and opportunities available in the area.”