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Inspiring teenagers to pursue maths further

‘What’s the point of Pythagoras Miss?  He’s been dead for more than 2000 years!’ It’s the sort of question that every teacher dreads, though teenagers have every right to ask it. The answer: ‘Because it will help you get a good grade in GCSE’ might be true, but it’s not a response likely to encourage the reluctant student to pursue...


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Introduction to assessment for learning: process over product

Jane Winter and Yeasmin Mortuza are our experienced mentors for our free online courses on Assessment for Learning. Here, they share a highlight from the course discussions, captured as part of their course video diary.Yeasmin and I have been enjoying working with participants on STEM Learning's Introducing Assessment for...


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The Engineering Education Scheme: the benefits of volunteering as a mentor

Brogan MacDonald is a Graduate Structural Engineer at Ramboll who has recently completed a six-month-long STEM Ambassador activity. She discusses the benefits of long-term STEM engagement and how mentoring has developed her personally and professionally.  As a STEM Ambassador, it is certainly possible to wow a class of students with a...


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Equality, diversity and inclusion: how STEM Ambassadors are inspiring the next generation

Sotira Georgiou is a Structural Engineer at Ramboll and is the Lead of Ramboll UK STEM Network as part of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. As a passionate and enthusiastic STEM Ambassador, Sotira has an active role in inspiring the younger generation on the importance of STEM subjects.Ramboll’s STEM network is focussed on...


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Volunteering, in and out of your comfort zone

Natalie Cheung is a STEM Ambassador and STEM Ambassador Coordinator in the London hub. She was recently awarded the University of Manchester Alumni Volunteer of the Year award and University Medal for Social Responsibility for her International Development voluntary work in Togo and Zambia.I started volunteering as a STEM Ambassador while studying...


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Vocal volunteering, talking tech, speaking STEM

Miranda Webb is an IT and business change leader and STEM Ambassador, who is passionate about community and diversity. She shares her reasons for becoming a STEM Ambassador and a recent experience that reinforced the positive impact that volunteering has.I became a STEM Ambassador because I didn’t think society was doing enough to prepare young...


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Moving smoothly from primary to secondary science

Moving from primary school to secondary school is a very exciting but sometimes daunting experience for many students. When the transition from Year 6 to Year 7 is right, we see students get it right; we see students in Year 7 who are engaged, interested and enthusiastic about science; students who are keen to learn and at the same time continue...


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Meet Jen: Trainee Clinical Scientist

My name is Jen and I’m a trainee Medical Physicist in the Radiotherapy Department at St. James’ Hospital in Leeds. I’m currently training to become a qualified Clinical Scientist in Radiotherapy Physics as part of the national Scientist Training Programme.Before I go into too much detail about my current role, I’ll just give you a bit of...


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The key to engaging primary science

‘Social learning’, questioning and discussion are key to supporting primary pupils to develop their understanding of the world around them, so in our online course Teaching Primary Science: Getting Started we practice what we preach.Led by primary specialist facilitators, to connect online learners with each other, this foundation primary science...


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How volunteers can maximise their impact in the classroom

Natalie Cheung is a civil engineer, STEM Ambassador, STEM Ambassador coordinator and online course mentor.As a member of the STEM London Hub team which helps deliver the STEM Ambassador programme in London, I meet lots of STEM Ambassador volunteers with different backgrounds and careers. They have different levels of experience with working with...


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