Did you know that W5 coordinates the STEM Ambassador Hub in Northern Ireland? We manage a database of over 1,300 professionals with STEM skills who have volunteered to promote science, technology, engineering and maths in local schools.
The STEM Ambassador Programme is a UK-wide initiative and free of charge service to schools and youth groups, which aims to encourage young people to have an interest in studying and following a career in STEM subjects. STEM Ambassadors not only have the opportunity to enrich and enhance the learning experience for young people, but individuals who volunteer as STEM Ambassadors can also develop new skills and gain increased work satisfaction.
Graham Coleman-Knowles is just one of our fantastic volunteers on the STEM Ambassador Programme. We caught up with Graham to find out about his own experience as a STEM Ambassador.
"Marine Surveyor (I do MOT's on ships!)"
"I'm the only person in Northern Ireland to have been attacked by pirates and survived, probably!"
Why did you become a STEM Ambassador?
"To pass on the sort of help and inspiration I was given when I was younger."
What is your favourite thing about being an Ambassador?
"Meeting curious children with questions!"
What does STEM mean to you?
"It provides me the opportunity tocarry on in a tradition of teaching that I benefited in, myself"
Who is your biggest STEM inspiration and why?
"All the teachers I've had in the past who were inspired by their subject"
Our STEM Ambassadors play an essential role in inspiring and engaging the next generation of scientists, technicians, engineers, mathematicians and technologists. If you would like to register as a STEM Ambassador or find out more about the programme click here