Ideas for using STEM Ambassadors in schools

STEM Ambassadors bring STEM subjects to life for your students, and we have loads of suggestions for how they can do this. Browse our activity ideas below for some great starting points when inviting an Ambassador into your school.

Every activity here is presented in a template that you can download and copy to create an activity request on the STEM Ambassador website. They are clear, concise and easy to adapt for your own setting, helping them to appeal to STEM Ambassadors ready to volunteer.

How to use these activity ideas:

  1. Find an activity from the options below you would like to run at your school
  2. Download the activity template PDF to copy and adapt when creating your STEM Ambassador request
  3. Upload an activity request on the STEM Ambassador website (start this here

Our activity templates have been created based on the most popular requests from the thousands of teachers who regularly post STEM Ambassador requests. Each one has an estimated time and a recommended age range.

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    Judging competitions and challenges

    STEM Ambassadors can be judges for your events or competitions. They can judge remotely or attend in person, providing you with an external official for your young people to impress.

    Estimated Length: 1-2 Hours
    Suggested Age range:  5-18
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    Careers information event for parents

    Invite STEM Ambassadors to provide careers information at parent engagement events, helping them understand about potential career paths and local job opportunities.

    ESTIMATED LENGTH: 30 MINS
    SUGGESTED AGE RANGE:  7-18
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    Deliver an employability skills workshop

    Request STEM Ambassadors to deliver an employability skills workshop, supporting young people to develop skills such as team work, communication and problem solving. 

    ESTIMATED LENGTH: 30 - 60 MINS
    SUGGESTED AGE RANGE:  7-18
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    Provide a career skills workshop

    Request STEM Ambassadors to support with developing career skills, for example, interview skills, writing a CV and writing a personal statement.

    ESTIMATED LENGTH: 30 - 60 MINS
    SUGGESTED AGE RANGE:  14-18
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    Support a STEM Club

    Request STEM Ambassadors to support your STEM Club sessions, events and competitions. STEM Ambassadors can deliver activities or be a judge or mentor for a particular STEM Club challenge.

    ESTIMATED LENGTH: 1-1.5 HOURS
    SUGGESTED AGE RANGE:  7-18Arrow

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    Set a brief for an industry linked challenge

    Request STEM Ambassadors to provide you with an industrial context for a competition. This might include providing a real life problem for students to solve or a new challenge that they can take part in.

    ESTIMATED LENGTH: 2-3 HOURS
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    Present a curriculum linked careers talk

    Request STEM Ambassadors to provide an inspirational talk or presentation linked to lesson content. A presentation could kick off a new topic or subject area that benefits from some real-life context. 

    ESTIMATED LENGTH: 15-60 MINS
    SUGGESTED AGE RANGE:  5-18Arrow

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    Present careers information in an assembly

    Request STEM Ambassadors to deliver a careers presentation in an assembly. This might include guessing the STEM Ambassador's job or learning about their work environments.

    ESTIMATED LENGTH: 10-20 MINS
    SUGGESTED AGE RANGE:  5-18Arrow

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    Be a panel member for a STEM or careers event

    Request STEM Ambassadors to support careers events, like speed networking or a panel event.
     

    ESTIMATED LENGTH: 30-60 MINS
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    Provide a STEM workshop

    Request a workshop that lets young people experience a STEM activity and develop employability skills like teamwork, problem solving and communication

    ESTIMATED LENGTH: 20-60 MINS
    SUGGESTED AGE RANGE:  7-18Arrow

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    Provide a workplace experience for young people

    Request STEM Ambassadors to provide a workplace experience for students, which could happen online or in person. 

    ESTIMATED LENGTH: 1-2 HOURS
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  • Provide a workplace experience for teacher CPD

    Request STEM Ambassadors to provide a workplace experience for teachers, either online or in person. It could be a virtual tour of a factory or hosting a teacher CPD event at an inspirational STEM related site.

    Estimated Length: 1 - 3 HOURS
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  • Provide information for a careers display

    Request STEM Ambassadors to provide careers information for display boards in school. This might include generic industry information or personalised profiles and ‘day in the life’ images.

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  • Provide careers information for teacher CPD

    Request STEM Ambassadors to support staff training by providing information on different STEM related careers and the routes into them.

    ESTIMATED LENGTH: 15-30 MINS
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  • Provide industry information in teacher CPD

    Request STEM Ambassadors to provide insights or updates on projects, research and industry developments related to STEM subjects. 

    ESTIMATED LENGTH: 20-60 MINS
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  • Provide feedback on a school or college careers strategy

    Request STEM Ambassadors to provide an industry perspective on your careers strategy, supporting you to successfully achieve Gatsby Careers Benchmark 1. 

    ESTIMATED LENGTH: 15-30 MINS
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  • Create STEM careers materials for classrooms and lessons

    Request STEM Ambassadors to create careers materials, like videos, posters and podcasts. These can be used to promote STEM careers in displays, newsletters and careers pages on websites.

    ESTIMATED LENGTH: 2-20 MINS
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  • Support teachers to develop careers links in lesson resources

    STEM Ambassadors can provide real life examples to support a range of topics. They can help develop curriculum relevant resources and activities in partnership with teachers and subject leaders.

    ESTIMATED LENGTH: 15-30 MINS
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    Browse through our full collection of STEM Clubs resources offering a range of activities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Search by subject, age range and activity type to find the perfect activities to suit your STEM Club.

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