STEM networking to inspire the next generation!

6 02 2013

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As part of the FSC’s commitment to “bringing environmental understanding to all” tutors have now signed up to be STEM ambassadors! The STEM network (www.stemnet.org.uk) is designed to create opportunities to inspire young people in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. For us, this involves visiting local schools, groups and clubs to help run activities in these areas. Teachers and group leaders etc can get in touch with the STEM network to ask for ambassadors to help them at any time, and in the majority of cases, there is an ambassador out there willing to help!

Last year I visited Ysgol Bro Gwaun on one of their careers days to talk about science in the work place where I ran an activity looking at transferring energy through the ecosystem. We saw how much energy is lost as it is transferred and talked about ways to minimise this. We also discussed how this will affect our lives and food choices in the coming years, especially with the population teetering around 7 billion.

I have also recently been involved in helping the Narberth brownies and Lamphey cubs attain their astronomy badge. I’ve joined Mark Smith, a local theoretical physicist to help give them an understanding of the universe and do a spot of star gazing (when we are lucky enough to have clear skies!). After all, who could fail to be inspired by our incredible universe?!

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So if you are a teacher/group leader and are keen to promote these subjects to your students, get in touch with the STEM network and see who is out there to help!

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