• NATIONAL STEM LEARNING CENTRE
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Inspiring Young People in STEM: Communication Skills for STEM Ambassadors

Improve your communication skills when delivering practical activities in STEM subjects and volunteering with young people.

Inspiring Young People in STEM: Communication Skills for STEM Ambassadors
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Weekly study3 hours
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Improve your communication skills and confidence volunteering with young people

Engaging young people through practical STEM activities is a proven way to get young people excited about STEM subjects, a passion that may lead to further learning and greater awareness about STEM careers.

On this course you will learn how to improve your communication with young people as a volunteer. You will build your confidence in presenting and collaborating so that you’re able to carry out activities that help young people develop an enjoyment of STEM subjects.

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Syllabus

  • Week 1

    From 20 Jul 2020

    Inspiration through communication

    • Inspiration through communication

      Welcome to the course. We start by thinking about why communication is so important in inspiring young people. How will you change the way you say things and interact to improve your communication?

    • Verbal communication

      In this activity we look at the way STEM Ambassadors use verbal communication. How does what you say, how you say it and what you ask improve the way young people understand you?

    • Non-verbal communication

      What you convey without words is just as important as your message. How do you use non-verbal communication effectively?

  • Week 2

    From 27 Jul 2020

    Delivering your activity

    • Starting the activity

      Welcome to the second week of the course. We start... at the beginning. How do you make a good impression and get your activity off to a good start?

    • Delivering the activity

      In delivering a STEM activity, you will need to keep engaging your students throughout. We’ve already looked at some techniques, such as questioning, but how else will you put your communication skills into practice?

    • Wrapping up

      Just like the first five minutes, the last five minutes provide an opportunity to create a lasting impression with the young people you are volunteering with. What will you want them to remember?

    • Deliver an activity

      It's time to put your communication skills into practice and deliver an activity. How did it go?

    • Inspiring young people

      Continue your volunteering development. You've looked at the role of effective communication, but where next?

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Demonstrate effective verbal and non-verbal communication with young people.
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of presentation, collaboration and discussion techniques to inspire young people to continue with STEM subjects or STEM careers.
  • Develop their confidence, skills and ability to do practical activities with young people.

Who is the course for?

This course has been created for anyone volunteering with young people in STEM. This includes STEM Ambassadors in the UK, youth volunteering group organisers, field trip educators, scout groups (and similar), outdoor pursuit centres, outreach from NGOs. You will need knowledge of STEM subjects or experience of working in a STEM environment.

To get the most out of this course, learners should complete the two courses prior to this one in the program:

Who will you learn with?

Online CPD Coordinator, STEM Learning. MEng MA Senior Certified Learning Technologist. I work with expert authors to design impactful CPD for teachers and STEM Ambassadors www.stem.org.uk/online-cpd

Who developed the course?

National STEM Learning Centre

The National STEM Learning Centre provides world-class professional development activities and resources to support the teaching of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.

STEM Ambassadors

STEM Ambassadors are volunteers from all STEM disciplines and backgrounds including engineers, designers, architects, scientists and technicians.

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