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2,000 young people equipped to inspire next generation in science

(20 January 2020)

A school pupil experiments with lights

We’re passionate about inspiring and equipping the next generation of scientists, engineers, mathematicians – or whatever other field they choose!

So we’re very proud that we’ve now trained our 2,000th Science Ambassador.

What is a Science Ambassador?

We started our Science Ambassador programme back in 2011 with the aim to inspire young people’s interest in science, expand their scientific knowledge and equip them to share their learning with others.

Would-be Ambassadors receive training in developing and delivering hands-on science activities and projects, which they put into action once back in their school or community group.

They also get training in communication skills and the opportunity to meet and work with young people from other schools and communities.

The programme is open to young people aged five to 18. The youngest Ambassadors have helped their peers work scientifically, while the oldest have developed their own workshops and run them in local primary schools.

‘I loved it!’

Leah, who was a Science Ambassador at Cleves Cross Primary School, in Ferryhill, County Durham, said: “I have really enjoyed being a Science Ambassador. I loved doing the science clubs, training, the opening of the Phiz Lab, the Rolls Royce and NetPark visits and learning all the science facts.

“I hope next year’s Science Ambassadors love it as much as we did. Meeting an astronaut was amazing too!”

‘Hugely positive experience’

Lucy Flanagan, a teacher at Victoria Lane Academy, Coundon, County Durham, said: “Being involved in the Science Ambassador project over the last three years has been a hugely positive experience, not only for our Science Ambassadors but for all the children in school. The Ambassadors have used their training to enhance science learning of their peers. As a result, their confidence has grown and their subject knowledge has gone from strength to strength.

“The younger children thoroughly enjoy being taught by their older peers and consequently are more enthusiastic about their science learning. Our Science Ambassadors have also helped run science fairs and have been instrumental in encouraging their parents and the local community to become involved with science activities in school.”

Thank you for your support

Science Ambassadors wouldn’t be the success it is without the great support of schools, community groups and, most importantly, the Ambassadors themselves. Thank you to everyone who has taken part, and here’s to the next decade!