Help needed to promote General Aviation

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The search is on for people involved in aviation and its service and supply industries to pass on their knowledge, inspiration and enthusiasm to the next generation of engineers, technologists and scientists. It is increasingly the case that students are excluding the more technical subjects such as maths and the sciences when they take their GCSE options. One reason for this is that they perceive them to be difficult and secondly they have little idea how they can be used outside of the classroom. We are looking for Scientists, Technologists, Mathematicians and Engineers (STEM) who enjoy their work and would like to promote the work of their company and profession to Primary and Secondary school students. By becoming a STEM Ambassador there are a number of exciting and enjoyable ways to wave the STEM flag: • The simplest is to visit a local school to give a careers talk at a morning assembly • Attend a school careers evening • Support a SETPOINT event at a school (generally a whole day workshop) • Deliver an activity associated with the Bloodhound Supersonic Car • Support a school STEM club • Support a CREativity in Science and Technology (CREST) project • Provide opportunity for students to visit your place of work. Bloodhound SSC - http://www.bloodhoundssc.com/ activities are: • A Workshop to calculate the speed of sound • A Workshop to build a model vehicle powered by cola and mints. • An activity to identify the types of people and skills needed for the project STEM Ambassadors receive full training in how to work with and present to students. All STEM Ambassadors must go through the CRB Disclosure process. Many Employers allow their staff to take up to 3 days per year as personal development which can be used for working with schools. The activities themselves count towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for those people that are registered with a professional body. As the STEM Ambassadors Manager for Hertfordshire, http://www.setpointherts.org.uk, I am keen to get as many people involved in the programme as possible within my local County, however 17,000 STEM Ambassadors are active throughout the whole of the UK. To become a STEM Ambassador you can register online. When doing this please select the county that you live or work in as your preferred STEM ambassador administrator https://db.stemnet.org.uk/register.cfm People who have signed up to be STEM Ambassadors prior to the 10th May will be able to go on a visit to the DH Museum at London Colney, with the Association of Science Education www.ase.org.uk If there are any Ambassadors that already take part in workshops, careers talks, work place visits or other related activities, perhaps you could give some examples and anecdotes. Regards Tim Clark STEM Ambassadors Manager SETPOINT Hertfordshire [email]Tim.clark@setpointherts.org.uk[/email] 07840 870270
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