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Pages: 4868-4873
Publication year: 2014
ISBN: 978-84-617-0557-3
ISSN: 2340-1117

Conference name: 6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 7-9 July, 2014
Location: Barcelona, Spain


A. Hooper

University of the West of England (UNITED KINGDOM)
Since 2011, the UWE has been running outreach STEM Activity Days in Engineering, Mathematics and Science to schools in the Bristol area. The aims of the STEM Activity Days are to promote STEM subjects in schools and to inspire and encourage school pupils in their study of science and mathematics.

The activities are divided into at most six stands, two engineering, two mathematics and two science. Each stand is staffed by two student ambassadors and the success of the day depends crucially on their commitment and involvement.

The student ambassadors demonstrate the equipment and run through the concepts connected with their stand to a group of 10-15 pupils every 15 minutes and repeat this six times during each session. It is quite exhausting but also great fun. The student ambassadors learn to present in innovative ways to maintain interest. This can on occasion require quick thinking and risk-taking. They gain valuable experience from presenting to pupil groups which not only deepens their understanding of the subject and also enhances their employability.

The format and the activities of the day are described and feedback on the Activity Day from schools and pupils given. The role of the student ambassador is described and feedback from them regarding the role is given. Qualities that make a good student ambassador are discussed.
author = {Hooper, A.},
series = {6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies},
booktitle = {EDULEARN14 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-617-0557-3},
issn = {2340-1117},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Barcelona, Spain},
month = {7-9 July, 2014},
year = {2014},
pages = {4868-4873}}
AU - A. Hooper
SN - 978-84-617-0557-3/2340-1117
PY - 2014
Y1 - 7-9 July, 2014
CI - Barcelona, Spain
JO - 6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
JA - EDULEARN14 Proceedings
SP - 4868
EP - 4873
ER -
A. Hooper (2014) STEM SCHOOL ACTIVITY DAYS, EDULEARN14 Proceedings, pp. 4868-4873.