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(STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)

Inspiring young people about the exciting and rewarding careers that studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths can lead to.

Here at LEBC we deliver the STEMNET contract for Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes. We are dedicated to supporting teachers, local business and individuals who want to support this aim to ensure we have a future workforce that is enthusiastic about STEM subjects.

We hope you find the following information useful, there are also specific links on the top right hand side of this page under the “In This Section” heading.

STEM Ambassadors

STEM Ambassadors are individuals working or studying within the STEM sector that have volunteered to work with young people to help inspire them and raise awareness of where studying a STEM subject can take them in the future.

Click to read about a STEM Ambassador STEM Ambassadors Case Study

This national scheme has over 30,000 people who cross all ages and backgrounds, representing thousands of different employers across the UK.

STEM Ambassadors use their enthusiasm and commitment to encourage young people to enjoy STEM subjects. They open doors to a world of opportunities and possibilities which come from pursuing STEM subjects and careers.

STEM Ambassadors not only inspire young people, they also support teachers in the classroom by explaining current applications of STEM in industry or research.

To find out more click here STEM Ambassadors

  • For Businesses and Individuals
    Registering as a STEM Ambassador is quick and easy and can be done on line by clicking here.
    Following your registration you will be contacted by LEBC who will get in touch to arrange an induction to the scheme. By joining the STEM Ambassador scheme you will be asked to complete an enhanced DBS (previously CRB) Check, the process for doing this will be explained after registration.
  • For Teachers
    STEM Ambassador visits are free to schools and colleges, so make the most of this fantastic resource! If you would like to request a STEM Ambassador for your school or college please click here for the request form.

If you would like to talk to a member of the team about the STEM Ambassador scheme please email Judith Payne or telephone 0116 2407000

STEM Advisory Network

As part of our STEMNET contract we offer free impartial tailored advice and guidance to help schools and colleges access a range of service, resources, activities, toolkits and advice, which supports the curriculum and increase the number of students moving into further STEM education, training and development.

If you would like a member of the STEM team to visit you to talk about how we can help you to enrich teaching and learning in the STEM subjects please email Judith Payne or telephone 0116 2407000

STEM Clubs Programme

We provide free, impartial, expert advice and support to schools that want to set up or develop a STEM Club.

STEM Clubs are a fun and rewarding way to boost enjoyment and learning across STEM, outside of the classroom. They are not designed to be about writing, tests or exams. Instead, they allow pupils to explore, investigate and discover STEM subjects in a fun and stimulating learning environment away from the constraints of the school timetable or curriculum.

STEM Clubs can motivate and build confidence in pupils who struggle with STEM subjects and also provide an extra outlet for children who already show aptitude and are interested in furthering their learning.

We can help schools and teachers to decide if their STEM Club should be cross-curricular or focus on a single subject within STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths); we advise on activities which are aligned with existing national programmes on competitions, such as CREST Awards, or support designing a new activity to suit your school and students.

If you are thinking of setting up a STEM Club and would like some help and advice email Judith Payne or telephone 0116 2407000

For more information about STEM Clubs click STEM Clubs

CREST Awards

CREST Awards are a national programme that gives students the opportunity to gain recognition for individual creative work in the fields of Science and Technology.

For Ages 11 to 19 the CREST Awards come in three levels:
  • Discovery – requiring 5 hours of project work by the student (aged 11 to 14). £3.00
  • Bronze – requiring 10 hours of project work by the student (aged 11 to 14). £5.00
  • Silver – requiring 30 hours of project work by the student (aged 14 to 16). £10.00
  • Gold – requiring 70 hours of project work by the student (aged 16 to 19). £20.00

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
Tel: (0116) 240 7000

CREST Star Awards (5-11 years)

The CREST Star Scheme has three levels of awards with over 60 investigations

For Ages 5 to 11 the CREST Awards come in 3 levels:

  • Star – (Key Stage 1) complete 8 investigations.
  • SuperStar – (Key Stage 1 & 2) complete 12 investigations.
  • MegaStar – (Key Stage 2) complete 3 projects.

The acitivities focus on a mixture of hands-on practical work and discussion, encouraging children to work independently of adults. Lasting approximately one hour, the investigations are designed to used in a club, in lessons, or outside of school.

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 click Nuffield Research Placements

Looking for more information….

To find out about STEM projects in Leicestershire click here.

To find out about STEM projects in Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes click here.

For STEM related websites click here, then click on the STEM Related Organisations heading.

To express you interest in the STEM Ambassador scheme click below, then fill in the form and we will be in touch shortly:

Click Here to Express Your Interest in STEM