STEM Ambassadors are enthusiastic volunteers from all walks of life who want to inspire young people’s curiosity and engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Our STEM Ambassador volunteers range from app designers to meteorologists to healthcare professionals. They come from a vast and diverse range of backgrounds, all using STEM in their occupations or studies. They volunteer a little of their time each year to inspire young people in schools and community groups about STEM subjects and careers.
All ambassadors complete training, including safeguarding, and have an enhanced child workforce DBS.
STEM Ambassadors are fantastic role models and provide a whole range of free services:
talking about their career and the opportunities in their field
being an expert on a topic and answering questions from pupils
adding real-life context to topics through setting challenges or having discussion sessions with young people
demonstrating how they use scientific skills in their jobs
providing challenges, mentoring and judging competitions
being a helping hand for activities or even running their own workshops
The STEM Ambassador programme is run by STEM Learning and managed by regional hubs. The Trans-Pennine Hub is managed by the Science Museum Group. Our region is spread across three of our northern museums:
North Yorkshire – National Railway Museum, York
West Yorkshire – National Science and Media Museum, Bradford
Greater Manchester – Science and Industry Museum, Manchester
We have a population of over 2,500 STEM Ambassadors across the Trans-Pennine Hub, from a national network of around 33,000 dedicated and inspiring volunteers.
What we do at the Hub
We are here to help you make the most of the STEM Ambassador programme, whatever your role. This includes:
involving STEM Ambassadors in a wide range of activities
registration and induction of STEM Ambassadors
trying out resources and ideas
developing company volunteering, including tracking ambassadors and activities
Ambassadors, teachers and youth group leaders can arrange events and get in contact with each other through the STEM Ambassador online platform, where you can also find resources and training.
You are welcome to contact us if you need support or would like to chat through any STEM-related ideas you have.
Useful guides for ambassadors
We encourage ambassadors to log any activities they have arranged themselves. It helps us to understand how we can best support you, and understand the reach of the programme—how much support the STEM community is giving to schools and community groups.
Useful guides for teachers and community groups
You will receive notifications when you receive messages from STEM Ambassadors on the online platform. We check all activities on the platform regularly and will give you feedback and advice at each stage.
If you are having difficulty logging activities, please let us know and we may be able to log them on your behalf. All you need to do is fill in a form and email it to us.
We look forward to welcoming you to the STEM Ambassador programme.