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New STEM Ambassador Hub launched in Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Milton Keynes, Lincolnshire and Rutland

The STEM Ambassador Hub East Midlands is one in a network of 19 Hubs that manage the volunteering opportunities for the UK’s 33,000 registered STEM Ambassadors. The Hub connects teachers, leaders of non-school groups, STEM Ambassadors and employers in order to inspire the next generation of STEM professionals.

The network is managed by the National STEM Learning Centre and Network, which works to enable more young people to enjoy, achieve and progress in STEM subjects and STEM related careers.

LEBC are delighted to be working with STEM Learning on the next stage in the development of the STEM Ambassador programme, to increase the reach and impact of our volunteers to make a real difference to STEM education and skills locally. Our volunteers are an invaluable resource for local schools and the wider community, opening the doors for young people to the world of opportunities and possibilities which come from pursuing STEM subjects and careers.

We cover the areas of:
  • Leicestershire
  • Northamptonshire
  • Milton Keynes
  • Lincolnshire
  • Rutland

The STEM Ambassador Programme enables teachers to introduce students to volunteers with a STEM background or career. STEM Ambassadors give their time freely to support activities with schools from careers events, workplace visits, talks and much more!

STEM Ambassadors share their commitment, enthusiasm and passion for what they do and bring learning to life through their own first-hand experience. They can increase students understanding of the real world and relevance to learning, act as role models and provide an insight into career opportunities available within their sectors.

How do I make a request for a STEM Ambassador?

To make a request for an Ambassador to visit your school or community group please download and return the STEM Ambassador request form here or register as a school user at www.stemnet.org.uk and submit a request via the website.

How do I become a STEM Ambassador?

Volunteers from STEM areas or work or study who want to share their expertise and experience with teachers and young people, can sign up as STEM Ambassadors. All we ask is that you commit to one activity per year. Once registered, volunteers will receive some basic training for working with schools and a free enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and regular bulletins with current requests for support from schools. For more information and to register as an Ambassador cilck here.

Contact the STEM team at LEBC:

For more information about how STEM Ambassadors can help your school or becoming a STEM Ambassador or please contact any of the LEBC STEM team below.

Judith Payne, STEM Manager judith.payne@leics-ebc.org.uk
Jack Payne, STEM Co-ordinator jack.payne@leics-ebc.org.uk
Vanessa Breward, STEM Co-ordinator (part time) vanessa.breward@leics-ebc.org.uk
Kathryn Lupton, STEM Volunteer Co-ordinator kathryn.lupton@leics-ebc.org.uk

CREST Awards

Each year, over 32,000 CREST Awards are undertaken by 11-to-19-year-olds, giving them opportunities to explore real-world science, technology, engineering and maths projects in an exciting way.

CREST is a UK award scheme run by the British Science Association that recognises success, and enables students to build their skills and demonstrate personal achievement in project work. It offers educators an easy-to-run framework for curriculum enhancement and is student-led, which means that young people take ownership of their projects and choose to undertake them in areas they enjoy or see as relevant.

Award Levels
There are four different levels of CREST Award:

  • Discovery (a great first introduction to project work, these take about five hours and can be done in one day; typically undertaken by 11-to-14-year-olds)
  • Bronze (around 10 hours project work; typically undertaken by 11-to-14-year-olds)
  • Silver (around 30 hours project work; typically undertaken by 14-to-16-year-olds)
  • Gold (around 70 hours project work; typically undertaken by 16-to-19-year olds)

For more about CREST Awards for 11 to 19 year olds please click here.

At Discovery level there is also the option to run a CREST in a Day event. This is ideal for Years 6 to 9 and involves a day of Science, Engineering or D&T themed tasks where students plan, predict, test, investigate and evaluate.
For more information about Crest Awards or CREST in a Day events please email
Judith Payne or Tel: (0116) 240 7000

CREST Star Awards (5-11 years)

CREST Star is mostly used in primary schools, and increasingly used with SEN groups. CREST Star supports students to solve real-life science, technology, engineering and maths challenges through practical investigation and discussion. All the challenges are available to download for free, so you can just select the ones you are interested in and get going!

CREST Star has three levels:

  • Star (usually 5-7 year olds)
  • SuperStar (usually 7-11 year olds)
  • MegaStar (usually 8-12 year olds)

Activities are designed to last approximately one hour. You don’t need to be a teacher or have a science background to run them, as each comes with an organiser’s card complete with instructions, safety points and a list of things you’ll need.

For more information on CREST Star Awards please click here.

Nuffield Research Placements

Nuffield Research Placements is a UK-wide scheme giving over 1,000 students each year the opportunity to work alongside professional scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians. They give students hands-on experience in a research environment through a 4-6 week placement in the summer holidays.
By working with professional researchers, students gain insight into a wide variety of scientific careers. They are able to make more informed choices about what to do after school or college and it will help give them the skills and confidence they need to stand out at interviews or on their UCAS form.

For more information on Nuffield Research Programme including how to apply and how to offer a placement click here.