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This section shows how Thameswey region is inspiring, preparing and supporting tomorrow’s engineers to overcome society’s challenges.

Science and Engineering Ambassadors Scheme

The Science and Engineering Ambassadors (SEAs) Programme is the STEMNET’s (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network) flagship programme. Ambassadors are individuals from a wide variety of Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics backgrounds, from all across the UK, who offer their time, enthusiasm and expertise to help schools inspire young people.

Ambassadors come from a broad spectrum of STEM disciplines and careers at all levels. Their jobs range from marine biologists to mathematicians studying climate change, aeronautical engineering apprentices to medical physicists and industrial chemists to electrical engineers, to lab technicians, to name but a few! They represent over 1000 different employers, from large multi-nationals to SMEs and other organisations like the NHS, and the Environment Agency. Many SEAs are also undergraduates, studying at universities across the UK. These individuals act as invaluable role models to students, through the work they do in schools.

Anyone who has an interest in STEM and a desire to inspire children and young people in STEM subjects can become a SEA. The main qualities all Ambassadors share are enthusiasm and commitment, along with a passion for what they do. Funded by the UK Government, the programme has grown rapidly and STEMNET now works with over 17,500 Ambassadors. STEMNET welcomes volunteers of all ages and backgrounds.

The SEA scheme is organised by the local SETPOINTs and their contact details can be found by visiting .

If you already work with a local school then you can still become an SEA and continue to do this important work, the advantage is that the SETPOINT can provide training, CBR checks and provide other support and encouragement.We would like to know how many members are registered with a SETPOINT and are a SEA.

If you are please let us know by contacting:

Schools careers events

Many schools organise evening careers events where representatives from different organisations set up a stand and chat to students and their parents. Some Engineers represent their own companies and have a good supply of careers information and an attractive stand.

If you feel that you would like more support in this important work then please let us know. There are special ‘pop up’ display stands with printed banners suitable for schools use. Thameswey are looking at obtaining a supply that can be loaned out.

In addition the IMechE produce 2 schools career related publications-PIONEER and ENGINEERING OPPORTUNITIES

If you would like copies of these to take to schools please contact.

If you are working in schools we recommend that you become an SETPOINT Science & Engineering Ambassador. click here to download Pioneer, Click here to download Engineering opportunities.

Support for members involved in schools related activities

I am sure that many Thameswey members are working in schools related activities such as Greenpower, Primary Engineer, Shell Eco-marathon etc. It would help us to know what schools related engineering activities members are involved in and if there is any additional support that is required. Please let me know.

School Curriculum

Do you know about the changes planned for GCSE Science, do you understand about the different modules in mathematics AS/A2, do you know about the new Diploma in Engineering?

If it helps you keep up to date with what is taught in schools, we could expand this website to include such information. If you see this of benefit please let me know.

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