The STEM Ambassadors in Scotland Hub got involved with this year through a social media campaign, a dedicated blog post, and a number of other events we hosted or contributed to.
We asked our female engineers to answer some questions about their experiences and received 7 fantastic profiles, like this one, that we could share on our platforms. Across all of our social media channels, our content had a brilliant 10, 334 impressions and 287 engagements.
We worked with Scottish Water to host a lunch-and-learn event for their Women’s Network to celebrate INWED 21, find out more about the STEM Ambassador programme and how to get involved. In addition to engineers, a diverse range of participants attended, including an Environmental Technical Specialist, a Value Coordinator, a Strategic Planner and even an Asset capability, resilience and strategy development technical lead! All who attended were enthused and motivated to now sign up to be STEM Ambassadors, and we look forward to welcoming them aboard.
Our Hub were also involved in the design of a workshop delivered by the School of Science and Engineering at the University of Dundee and the Dundee and Angus Regional STEM Partnership. The session aimed to discuss, design and create outreach activities for traditional under-represented groups in STEM. ‘Reaching out with Outreach; brought students, educators and people from industry together to hear more about the issues affecting young people’s aspirations in STEM and to collaborate together to design outreach activities that can go on to be developed further after the workshop. One of our Hub staff took part as a panellist presenting to 35 attendees on the impact of the STEM Ambassador Programme in helping young people achieve in STEM. Projects from the workshop will look at Diversity in STEM, STEM in the Real World and STEM and Careers. We really hoped that what we shared, and the events we got involved with, helped engage people with the roles and experiences of just some of our fabulous female STEM Ambassadors within engineering. We also hope we were able to promote the STEM Ambassadors programme to a wider audience, and ultimately help teachers and youth group leaders learn more about the range of volunteers they can be supported by.