Inspiring the Next Generation

28 January 2016

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On Tuesday 26 Jan, RAF Coningsby welcomed the Lincolnshire Education Business Partnership team to train up a new batch of STEM Ambassadors.

A Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Ambassador is a volunteer who uses their enthusiasm, experience and commitment to encourage young people from age 5-19 to take up careers and education in the STEM subjects. Many RAF personnel engage actively with STEM at events such as Project X that was held at RAF Waddington recently.

Thirteen Coningsby engineers from across the station took part in the induction morning to become fully fledged STEM Ambassadors. The ranks of those involved ranged from SAC to Flt Lt and worked in areas from C4I to TMF to front line Typhoon squadrons. The training involved an introduction to what STEM Ambassadors contribute to their community, brainstorming ideas for outreach events and discussing how to work with children and teachers.

Flt Lt Luke O’Brien, OC Information Systems Flight in C4I Squadron who organised the training, said “Military personnel are really well suited to being STEM Ambassadors. We have the right blend of technical and personal skills to be able to encourage young people into taking an interest in the STEM subjects”. Becoming a STEM Ambassador is an excellent and rewarding secondary duty opportunity. It is recognised at the highest levels within the branch as a good way to encourage young people into a technical career in the RAF.

Cpl Naomi Freer, who has volunteered in local schools as a STEM Ambassador and works in the iHub, said: “Being a STEM Ambassador for me is really enjoyable and satisfying, it’s something totally different to everyday work and sometimes a lot more challenging working with children! It has made me more confident and developed me in presentation work“

Interested in becoming a STEM Ambassador? Find out more online at http://www.stemnet.org.uk/ambassadors/

Editor: Flt Lt Luke O’Brien

Photographs: Cpl Chantelle Cooke

Attendees and RAF STEM Ambassadors at the RAF Waddington Project X Event.

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