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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...

Meet the winners of 2018 ENTHUSE Celebration Awards: Richard Spencer

Dr Richard Spencer, Head of Science at Middlesbrough College, and the winner of the 2018 ENTHUSE Celebration Award for Excellence in STEM teaching –  Further Education category shares his experience about the difference the award has made to him, his school and pupils.Many teachers go ‘above and beyond’ their day-to-day commitments....

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Why should teachers care about what happens in the brain?

How can a scientific understanding of how the brain works inform the way you teach?On our free Science of Learning online course, teachers from all over the world have come together to work out their meaning to the big question ‘what is learning?’ Throughout the course, participants are exploring the science behind how students engage with...

Meet the winners of 2018 ENTHUSE Celebration Awards: Colin Louden

Colin Louden is Head of Science at Lisneal College, Londonderry, Northern Ireland and the winner of the 2018 ENTHUSE Celebration Award for Excellence in STEM teaching – Secondary. We asked him about his experience of winning the award and what it meant to him, the school and the pupils.Winning the award in the category of secondary school STEM...

Meet the winners of 2018 ENTHUSE Celebration Awards: Amanda Watts

Amanda Watts is Director of Science Support at Aldridge School, Walsall, West Midlands and the winner of the 2018 ENTHUSE Award for Excellence in STEM teaching – Technicians. She tells us about her career, the experience of winning the award and what it meant for her personally, the school and the pupils.Last year I turned 50 and after 33 years of...

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Meet the winners of the 2018 ENTHUSE Celebration Awards: Nicola Connor

Nicola Connor is Class Teacher at the Peel Primary School, Livingston, West Lothian and the winner of the 2018 ENTHUSE Award for Excellence in STEM teaching – Primary. We chatted to her about her experience of winning the award and the difference it has made to her, the school and the pupils.What difference has winning made to the school, teachers...

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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...

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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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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