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Continuing your volunteering

Summarises the course Inspiring Young People in STEM Program - Using feedback to improve
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[Angela] Over the past two weeks, you’ve examined a wide range of things you’ll need to do when gathering feedback, and using this feedback to help you plan your development, and evaluate volunteering activities and programs. Do take a moment to complete the self audit task if you’ve not already done so. Our ultimate aim is to help you inspire young people to continue to enjoying studying STEM subjects, have positive STEM experiences, and to consider STEM careers. You’ve explored why gathering feedback from others, and using feedback where relevant to develop yourself, is so important to making your STEM ambassador or volunteering activities effective.
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Using this mix of feedback channels with your own reflections helps you focus on the young people that you’re working with. Going beyond using only self-reflection to look at the bigger picture, an impact you’re having. Gathering feedback, and using this feedback helps to develop your own skills and knowledge, and has the potential to improve the quality of STEM volunteering activities. The experiences you share, and the aspirations of young people. If you’re based in the UK, we encourage you to find out more about the STEM Ambassador program, and the additional range of support available to you from your local STEM Ambassador hub. We hope you’ve enjoyed the program, and have renewed enthusiasm to continue with your STEM volunteering activities.

Over the past two weeks, we’ve examined the wide range of things you’ll need to do when gathering feedback and using this feedback to help you plan your development and evaluate volunteering activities and programmes.

Self-audit of your progress

We invite you to complete the self-audit task to reflect on what you have learned during this course. In particular, we hope that you will consider if your approach to volunteering in STEM has changed. Download your responses and keep hold of these along with your responses to previous course self-audit tasks as a record of your personal development on the program.

GDPR Statement: For any personal information submitted to the self-audit, STEM Learning will be the data controller, not FutureLearn. Further details on the opening page of the self-audit.

Our ultimate aim is to help you inspire young people to continue to enjoy studying STEM subjects, have positive STEM experiences and to consider STEM careers. You’ve explored why gathering feedback from others and using feedback, where relevant, to develop yourself, is so important to making your STEM Ambassador or volunteering activities effective. Using this mix of feedback channels with your own reflections, helps you focus on the young people you are working with, going beyond using only self-reflection to look at the bigger picture and impact you are having.

Gathering feedback and using this feedback helps to develop your own skills and knowledge and has the potential to improve the quality of STEM volunteering activities, the experiences you share and the aspirations of young people.

Completing the program

If you’ve taken part in all four courses, we’re really pleased that you’ve completed the Inspiring Young People in STEM program. You can, of course, take these courses as many times as you like, to learn from other volunteers and help you to continue your development as a volunteer.

Program Map: 1. Resources - Start thinking about your activity. Find a resource (there are plenty available). Adapt if necessary. 2. Plan - It worked for someone else, but you’ll need to plan to make it a successful activity for your group. 3. Deliver - Run the activity, communicate effectively with young people and keep them engaged. 4. Review - this course - Use feedback from young people and educators to improve the activity and your volunteering.

If you are based in the UK, we encourage you to find out more about the STEM Ambassador programme and the additional range of support available to you from your local STEM Ambassador Hub.

We hope you’ve enjoyed the program and have renewed enthusiasm to continue with your STEM volunteering activities.

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