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The next step for your volunteering

Watch the educators sumarising at the end of the two weeks of the course.
Over the past two weeks, we’ve examined the wide range of things you’ll need to do when planning activities as a STEM Ambassador or volunteer in STEM. Our ultimate aim is to engage and inspire the next generation. By developing activities that are interactive, fun, and delivered by passionate role models – YOU – we can challenge stereotypes and encourage children to learn and pursue STEM careers. Being enthusiastic about your subject is crucial to this. But, so is being organised… You should now understand the importance of considering your audience, modes of delivery and why it’s essential to discuss your plans with an educator.
We’ve shown how to link your knowledge and experience to employability skills and the curriculum, so that you’re delivering relevant content to your learners. We’ve assessed risk, had a practice run and reflected on what we can do to improve. So, is failing to plan planning to fail? In short, yes! By planning properly, you’ll make the experience of volunteering a whole lot easier, for you, the educator, and the learners. We hope you feel better prepared and wish you all the best for the next step in your journey as a STEM Ambassador or other volunteer in STEM. Join us later in the year for the third course in the series, where you will learn about delivering practical activities.

Congratulations on completing this course and learning about how to develop inspiring and engaging practical activities with young people. From looking at how to link activities to curricula, through to planning how your activity will work and discussing your ideas with educators or community group leaders, we hope you feel better prepared for your volunteering.

At the start of the course, you completed a template to show how volunteering in STEM will contribute towards your own professional or personal development. Now you have put together an activity, consider:

  • How the planning process and negotiation with the teacher or group leader helps you address your development goals.
  • What additional development goals you have identified or how your current goals should be reprioritised as a result of your practice run.

The next course in this series will look at the way you can improve communicating with young people during your activities. We hope this will help you address some more of your development goals.

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

Course Reflection Log

The Course Reflection Log forms part of your ExpertTrack Portfolio.
Based upon your comments in the course and your self-audit task, complete the sections in the Course Reflection Log for this course. Identify:
  • What was new to you.
  • How your volunteering practice or understanding changed.
  • How this will influence you in the future.

Remember that the ExpertTrack Portfolio will be peer-assessed. Refer to the criteria for the portfolio assessment [PDF] as you complete each part.

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