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Thinking Science: provoking thought and generating discussion

Thinking Science is a stimulating set of philosophical questions that provoke critical thought about physics, chemistry, biology and working scientifically.Below is an example of the kind of question created by the Department of Philosophy at the University of Bristol, where I first came across Thinking Science as a PGCE student. I use this...


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A Wellcome Insight into STEM careers

As a biology teacher, there are few more exciting opportunities than spending a week on placement at biomedical research organisations, Wellcome Trust and the Crick Institute. We went with an aim to find out more about the range of STEM careers in large science organisations, and for both of us as teachers at Liverpool Life Sciences UTC...


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Preparing young people for the jobs of tomorrow

Prior to joining STEM Learning, I have always taken an interest in the developing the skills of young people for potential recruiters and making sure that they are equipped with the tools and knowledge to be able to adapt and remain employed. As a parent, it’s important to me to be able to guide my children on what skills and trades they...


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New year resolutions for a mathematics teacher

It’s the same story each January: take up a new hobby, travel, get fit, lose weight... This year, why not try something different? Here are our top suggestions for a better 2019.Learn something newFancy exploring the Science of learning with Paul Howard-Jones? Want tips on managing classroom behavior from Dylan Wiliam? Want to enhance your subject...


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Inspiring the next generation with the world and wonder of science

Bethan Cornell MPhys (Hons) is a PhD Student in Physics at King's College London and a STEM Ambassador. Over the last year, she has delivered career talks for young people and supported their development of employability skills.She is motivated to volunteer due to her frustrations about the stereotypes that exist in society about scientists....


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Back to school to inspire engineers of the future

At Highways England we believe our roads connect businesses, families and friends. Yet the country faces a shortage of the people that build them, especially engineers. That’s why at Highways England, we are very focused on inspiring young people to consider engineering as a rewarding career.Working at the company’s Bristol office, I have the...


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Empowerment through education: my STEM Ambassador journey

I am a fourth-year degree apprentice at Jaguar Land Rover in Halewood. As the only female degree apprentice in my year, I feel passionate about raising awareness of STEM careers.As a result, I became a STEM Ambassador in 2015. Since then, I have been into over 20 schools around Merseyside, running activities, leading presentations and representing...


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The power of STEM Ambassadors: challenging stereotypes and changing lives

Marie Williams is a STEM Ambassador, Senior Chartered Engineer and the founder and CEO of Dream Networks. We chatted to Marie about her experiences of being a STEM Ambassador and the impact this has had on herself, her colleagues and young people.I haven’t always had an avid passion and interest in engineering. In fact, when I was 16 I had no idea...


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Why outreach completes your degree

Before starting university I had never heard of outreach, and I definitely didn’t know how rewarding it could be to share my love of science with the local community. That changed when I joined the Women in Science and Engineering Society (WISE), became a STEM Ambassador and started running local afterschool science clubs.Based at the...


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The benefits of volunteering for employers and young people alike

Aga Gajownik is the CEO at Innovation and Integration Ltd where she has incorporated STEM Ambassador volunteering days for all employees. This is a model that is becoming increasingly popular at STEM employers.Aga says, “We can't build products helping young people without having contact with them.” She understands the importance of volunteering...


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