What’s it like to be a STEM Ambassador?

Firstly, I will point out that I am new to being a STEM Ambassador. I took the plunge a couple of months back and went through the process as outlined on their website. STEM offers great support and guidance, including training materials that take you through the application process. They even handle the DBS for you. My motivation was really as an extension of the Careers in Eyecare work that ABDO has engaged with. Becoming an Ambassador seemed like a…

Become a STEM ambassador

Are you looking for a new challenge? Have you thought about becoming a STEM ambassador? You could inspire a future dispensing optician, optometrist or optical assistant. Find what being a STEM ambassador entails and how to apply using the links below. Become a STEM ambassador Read Nick’s experience of his first STEM sessions Tips for talking to students about STEM STEM Careers in Eyecare lesson plan Careers in Eyecare Lesson powerpoint Are you a teacher? You can book a STEM ambassador to come…

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Tips for talking to students about STEM

Lucy Knock BA MA PGCE is the Early Careers Manager, Clinical Services for Specsavers. Part of her role involves inspiring the next generation of eyecare professionals, talking to students at schools and colleges, and in this article she shares her tips. Firstly, if you are talking to young people about careers in eyecare, show, and really demonstrate, how STEM impacts our everyday lives. You could show how an OCT scan picks up subtle changes in layers of the retina allowing…

How to become a STEM ambassador

What is STEM?  STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines:   ScienceTechnology EngineeringMathematics  STEM education in the UK has grown in recent years as a curriculum that aims to skill students by presenting a cohesive learning platform that based on real-world applications. It underpins the foundational stage of many sectors, including healthcare, and is often integral to an organisation and thus is becoming an ever-more important field for students.  What is a STEM Ambassador?  Aged 17+ and at…

STEM Careers in Eyecare lesson plan

Area of focusSTEM CareersLesson plan titleSTEM Careers in EyecareTime needed60 minutesYear groupYear 10+Lesson plan overviewStudents will research a range of eyecare careers linked to STEM subjects and present back to class what information they have found.Learning outcomesStudents will better be able to link the learning in the classroom to a range of careers they may be interested in Students will see how STEM subjects fit into so many careers and that with a good understanding of STEM subjects the world…