Online course in Science, Engineering & Maths

Inspiring Young People in STEM: Resources for Activities and Promoting Diversity

Start your volunteering with children and young people as a STEM Ambassador: discover resources, inspire, and promote diversity.

Inspiring Young People in STEM: Resources for Activities and Promoting Diversity

  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
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Learn how to ensure all young people get a chance to explore STEM subjects

If you work in STEM industries, you will know that making science, technology, engineering and maths relevant to all young people is vital. As a STEM Ambassador, you can inspire diverse audiences with practical activities and resources, tailored to their interests.

This course is the start of your volunteering development, empowering you to make a real difference. You will learn how to find and adapt resources for STEM activities. You will explore current research on diversity and learning how to engage every young person in practical STEM activities by understanding different contexts.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 0 seconds[Angela] Are you passionate about science? Are you developing new technologies or collaborating in engineering projects? Are you aware of how mathematics is integral to your work? Could you be the inspiration for the next generation of scientists and engineers? [Michael] We know that engaging with volunteers in industry, such as STEM Ambassadors, can have a real positive impact upon young people. Educators can sometimes struggle to help students see the connection between the curriculum and the real world. STEM Ambassadors can provide a link between the classroom and the workplace inspiring students from a range of different abilities and backgrounds to consider following STEM careers they may have never dreamed of before.

Skip to 0 minutes and 47 seconds[Angela] By participating on this course, you will develop your knowledge and skills to identify and choose appropriate STEM resources for diverse audiences. We’ll introduce you to a range of STEM resources which have been quality checked and especially curated for volunteers, and support you in tailoring resources to the young people you work with. This course is the first in a series of four that will guide you through resourcing, planning, delivering and reviewing practical STEM activities. [Michael] Engaging young people through practical STEM activities enriches the curriculum and can help to embed learning and encourage further discovery.

Skip to 1 minute and 27 secondsWhether you are a STEM Ambassador or working elsewhere in the voluntary sector, delivering an activity in a school, community group or outreach project, channel your enthusiasm for STEM and inspire young people. [Angela] So, how can you convey your insight into a subject to a diverse audience? Join us online now to find out.

What topics will you cover?

This two-week, self-paced course will introduce you to:

  • What you can do as a volunteer in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) working with young people in schools and non-school settings.
  • How to draw upon special collections of resources to support practical activities in STEM with young people.
  • Working with young people inclusively, with an introduction to special educational needs settings, gender bias, minority and disadvantaged groups.

When would you like to start?

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    This course started 8 Jul 2019

What will you achieve?

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

  • Explore current research on diversity and the implications for STEM communication and apply this to their own interactions with young people.
  • Identify the range of resources available that support practical activities that inspire young people in STEM subjects.
  • Evaluate and adapt resources for a specific audience and specific activity with young people, reflecting the diversity and the context for the activity.

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.

Who will you learn with?

Angela Rust

Angela Rust

Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
Works for STEM Learning as the Training Coordinator for the STEM Ambassador programme.

Nabih Asif

Nabih Asif

Hi! I am Nabs (Nabih Asif) and I'm part of the the STEM Ambassador Coordinator team in London. I have been an outreach officer visiting schools across the uk the past 5 years

Matt Cornock

Matt Cornock

Online CPD Coordinator, National STEM Learning Centre and Network. I work with expert authors to design CPD for STEM teachers that makes an impact https://www.futurelearn.com/partners/stem-learning

Who developed the course?

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

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