Since becoming a STEM ambassador I have provided three STEM activities at local primary and secondary schools. We are asked to do at least one per year. One of these activities was through a call placed on the STEM website, where schools can request ambassadors for specific activities, whilst the other two were through work connections.
For one event I was given a simple brief – to deliver a primary school assembly for 5-11 years olds about the coasts and oceans. I provided the school with a few areas in which I have good background knowledge: shipwrecks, offshore wind farms or microplastics in our oceans, from which they picked the subject of microplastics. My aim was to keep the assembly as interactive as possible; I brought with me a large number of props and kept the kids engaged by asking for volunteers. It was a big success and the school have since asked me to come back and present another topic of my choosing.
As well as being great fun and gaining a lot of joy from seeing the spark of excitement as the kids engage with your science, being a STEM ambassador is great practise for public speaking and for engaging with a non-specialist audience. Plus, it is a great way to make you re-think and develop your own research."