The STEM Ambassadors Programme is a 30,000-strong network of volunteers, all with a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Maths (the STEM subjects). The network operates across the UK, and is coordinated by STEM.
STEM Ambassadors inspire young people to continue studying STEM subjects, and help them to explore the applications of their studies in the wider world. They broaden career horizons, raise aspirations, and build understanding of the role that these subjects play in everyone’s lives.
A new education tool has been launched by CIHT that highlights the rewarding, future-shaping and well-paid careers available in highways and transportation.
This pack has been designed to link in with the current primary schools curriculum and gives students from a young age the opportunity to apply theoretical skills to practical and real-world challenges.
The materials section of the pack can be adapted to suit different age groups and can be delivered by an appropriate teacher or STEM ambassador. The lead will present the class with a challenge; they create a model that showcases ways they could improve the local area/support the community by introducing new ways to manage the challenge.
Martin Tugwell, President, CIHT said:
CIHT is very pleased to be able to launch this important education resource during Tomorrow’s Engineer’s Week. Our new activity pack has been designed to support STEM subjects which are critically important to the UK’s economic success.”
We have produced this pack to bring engineering to life for children and give them the opportunity to start learning about the possibilities of a rewarding career in highways and transportation.
The interactive activity pack is better suited for a primary school audience (aged 8-12). The pack is designed to support STEM subjects which are critically important to the UK’s economic success. It is important that students from a young age are given the opportunity to apply theoretical skills to practical and real-world challenges.
Even though it will be better suited for a younger audience, it can be used for children of all ages, including young adults, depending on the creativity of the STEM Ambassador and their abilities to adapt their teaching style to the audience. The materials section of the pack can be altered to suit different age groups but is primarily aimed at a primary school audience. The STEM Ambassador presents the class with a challenge; they create a model that showcases ways they could improve the local area/support the community by introducing new ways to manage the challenge.
The interactive approach of the pack allows children to have fun while practicing Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Geography. It gives them an opportunity to imagine and demonstrate solutions to real-world transport problems, evaluate their work and understand how design and technology have helped shape the world. The pack also offers children a chance to practice and develop their written and verbal communication skills, while learning about how travel and infrastructure will evolve in the future their own responsibilities in the community and towards the environment.
This activity pack is the second in the series of Careers material produced by CIHT.
For Primary Schools
Offers children the opportunity to imagine and demonstrate solutions to real-world transport problems, evaluate their work and understand how design and technology has helped shape the world.
For Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, Colleges and Universities
The toolkit is a resource to help CIHT members to illustrate the exciting range of opportunities in the world of transport to young people using the different activities and drawing upon their own experience.
‘As a newly registered STEM Ambassador, the CIHT Careers Toolkit has furnished me with the materials required to prepare and deliver educational sessions to students across the curriculum age groups’
‘It's great to have a transport related toolkit available for STEM workshops as transport is often forgotten in STEM!’
‘The toolkit really helped me organise my presentation to groups of 14/15 year olds. The material was professional and enhanced CIHT's reputation.’
'I recently made use of the KS2 resources within the CIHT Careers Toolkit to run 1.5 hour session with 60 Year 3 children, in my capacity as a STEM Ambassador. I found the toolkit really useful and easy to use, and the children loved the drawing activity, which stimulated lots of enthusiastic discussion. I found the whole experience incredibly enjoyable and rewarding and can’t wait to do it again. Thank you CIHT!'
CIHT members must first sign up with STEMNET before they can receive the pack or toolkit. Once you have done so, please register your interest in receiving the pack(s) by completing the form below.
To find out more including how you could get involved in using the pack or toolkit, please contact CIHT’s Professional Development Officer via firstname.lastname@example.org
The pack was generously sponsored by a grant from the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund, to support its creation. Specialist consultancy (Hopscotch Consulting) were appointed to work with CIHT to develop this innovative and interactive activity. CIHT would also like to acknowledge the contribution of:
The contents and design were developed by CIHT’s Careers Material Steering Group in collaboration with Think Up and Thomas Matthews. CIHT would like to acknowledge the contribution of the steering group: