Getting close now.
Posted on April 20, 2014
As you may know im in the process of stetting up a code cub at St Margarets Primary School in Hollinwood, in order to do this their are certain boxes that need to be checked and one of the simplest ways of ticking these boxes is to become a STEM Ambassador.
In the week I had the pleasure of attending my STEMnet induction at Mosi, for those that do not know STEMnet is an organisation that promotes, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths careers to young people, and it will be my roll as a STEMnet ambassador to help do this.
You may wonder why we need to do this, but if you look at the employment figures you will see while many people are struggling to find work, there is a huge shortage of graduates in technical fields, with some 40k jobs going unfilled.
Its the Technology side of things that I am passionate about and its easy to see that over the past generation of so there has been a dumbing down of technical education, with kids able to get a distinction in IT because they are “good” at powerpoint, meanwhile people are struggling with the colour coded wires of their home computer.
As part of the process of becoming a STEM Ambassador, in addition to the induction I have had to undergo a DBS check, which recently replaced the old CRB or criminal records bureau check, this is to make sure I’m not an axe murderer as I’ll be working with children and vulnerable adults.
I’ve now got this back so once the printed certificate arrives I’m officially a STEM ambassador.--
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