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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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The building blocks to my career as an engineer

Silvia Re, a Senior Systems Engineer at Transport for London, has been a STEM Ambassador for the last two years. Silvia shares why she decided to become a STEM Ambassador and what this experience has given her so far.I became a STEM Ambassador because my manager at the time mentioned he was doing it and I got intrigued by the idea. I immediately...

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Planning bespoke support for your school

Identifying the support that your school needs can prove difficult; affordability and time restraints often play a big part in the decision making. Here we look at how three schools have embraced their challenges through bespoke CPD.In 2017, St George’s Primary School were offered the opportunity to be part of the Primary Priority Programme in...

NASA's latest mission puts Mars InSight

NASA’s latest mission, Mars InSight landed on the red planet successfully on 27 November 2018.Mission control at California’s jet propulsion lab received confirmation of the lander’s status on a large plain, christened the Elysium Planitia at 19:53 GMT.The rise of the CubesatInSight also set another first for a NASA mission - Through the aid of...

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The Ultimate STEM Challenge: turning crazy ideas into technical experiments

Students from Toot Hill School in Birmingham tell us about their experience of taking on the Ultimate STEM Challenge and what they have learned from it.Jack Kellas“I believe my Physics teacher Mr Lawrence was the person to inspire me with Physics, leading to my passion for STEM.  Before the Ultimate STEM Challenge I had a passion for...

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Fermi problems: making maths a fun real-world tool

Problem solving and group work are two major skills we all hope to foster in our pupils. One way to help them develop these skills is to challenge them with Fermi problems.Enrico Fermi (1901 to 1954) was a Nobel Prize winning physicist, who was also famous for giving his audience fun problems, using approximate analysis to find an answer. These...

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My STEM inspiration: flying the flag for the aviation industry

Kate McWilliams is a finalist in the Outstanding New STEM Ambassador category at the 2018 STEM Inspiration Awards.Kate has become a STEM Ambassador in the past year and has undertaken numerous activities to support learning in STEM subjects and careers. In the lead up to the awards ceremony on 1 November 2018, she tells us about her work and what...

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My STEM inspiration: building partnerships between education and industry

Stewart Harrison’s cyber club has recently been shortlisted for a 2018 STEM Inspiration Award. He shares how his club has grown over the last couple of years, and how humbled he is to be among those shortlisted.The starting up of a school cyber club was a rather serendipitous affair after receiving an email from a STEM mailing list. As an ordinary...

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Our STEM inspiration: to positively impact our community

Web Applications UK tell us about how they want to encourage young people to be more involved in STEM subjects and how excited they are to be shortlisted for the STEM Inspiration Awards 2018.We are incredibly proud to announce that we have been shortlisted for the STEM Employer Award – Small/Medium Enterprises for STEM Learning UK. In our...

My STEM inspiration: encourage pupils to pursue their desired career

Harry Beedham is one of our shortlisted nominees for Outstanding New STEM Ambassador as part of the STEM Inspiration Awards 2018. He tells us about his inspiring work with young people.Since August 2017, I have been working as a Graduate Structural Engineer in Exeter for AECOM. To put it simply, my job is to design anything which can be “built”....

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