What do STEM Ambassadors Do
"We certainly presented the human face of science during our primary school visit (not the crazy, white-haired, middle-aged, man face!) and I think we got the children interested in becoming scientists themselves. They also really liked the cuddly bacteria I took with me and were horrified that they were covered in bacteria all the time (until I told them they were friendly bacteria!). All in all it was a great trip and an eye opener for everyone involved, myself included!"
Alison Dennis, PhD Student, Centre for Infectious Disease, QMUL
In the past, Ambassadors have been involved in a number of diverse and innovative projects including:
- Zembra fish embryo activity
- Speed networking
- Farm walks
- Building rockets
- Rat dissection
- 'What's my line' activity
- Mock job interviews
- Careers fairs
- Making batteries out of potatoes
"The experiment I helped with was very simple (the volcano was 'erupting' by adding vinegar to soda and red food colouring), but they loved it and afterwards we again did not have time to answer all the questions that they had about volcanoes (I suddenly found myself being a volcano expert!) I think we really helped the school with their science week and I can really recommend a similar visit to other primary schools to get kids excited about science!"
Rudolf Van-Koningsveld, PhD student, QMUL
Last Updated: Thursday 11 April, 2013