Our STEM Ambassadors

Below are a selection of success stories from the past year; these are just a few examples which highlight the fantastic work our STEM Ambassadors do and gives you an idea of how we can support STEM within your school.

 

Company/Subject Specific Support

Torquay based school St Cuthbert Mayne recently collaborated with the Ogden Trust (The Ogden Trust encourages and promotes the teaching and learning of physics) to host a day of communications and physics based fun. The school decided to run a physics based competition and asked local satellite, Spirent to create a suitable challenge.

STEM Ambassadors from Spirent devised a GPS tracking riddle - to solve the puzzle, students had to find the correct location on a map using GPS satellite data and then complete a practical physics based task - a demanding, but achievable and highly rewarding task.

After the competition, Spirent delivered a brief presentation highlighting the use of STEM in the day's activities.

 

STEM Workshop

Dartmouth Academy recognises Food Technology as an increasingly popular choice of subject, and so by running a series of lunch time workshop sessions they aimed to inform the students about the process of meat production - 'from pig to plate'. The workshop aimed to demonstrate the journey an animal takes when bred for food; from the farm, to slaughterhouse, to butchery and eventually ending up as the food on our plate.

STEM Ambassador, and industry expert, Jonathan who manages Westaway Sausages came into school to run these workshops and educate students on this process. He bought in half a butchered pig to show students the different cuts of meat that can be used and how to cook them. After this lesson, students had a go at preparing some meals from these various cuts of meat, and got to make their own pork burgers and sausages.

 

Supporting a STEM Club project

Brannel School wanted to start a new weekly STEM Club, and were particularly interested in space and astronomy, so we put them in touch with Grant and Kim from nearby Tolcarn Observatory. It was decided that they would help the school to run a series of different projects over a 12 week period which would then be submitted as a Silver CREST Award and also entered into the National Science & Engineering competition at the Big Bang Fair South West - a fantastic achievement for the students.

The STEM Club had two main tasks, Firstly, to build a radio telescope which would be used to detect meteorites and, secondly, to build a micrometeorite harvester which will collect rainwater and provide samples to analyse for minerals.

Grant also arranged for 2 members of the British Astronomical Association's Radio Section, to give students an hour long Skype call to explain in depth how radio astronomy works and then provide a mini FAQ session, to answer any tricky questions they may have.

The journey to the Big Bang will be documented in an article for the BBC Sky at Night Magazine which is brilliant for student's involved and gives them a fantastic opportunity to showcase their work.