Schools engagement - STEMNET

Engaging future project professionals is a vital activity in ensuring that the APM vision of a world where all projects succeed is achieved. APM currently works with STEMNET to facilitate this engagement.

What is STEMNET?

STEMNET (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network) creates opportunities to inspire young people in STEM across the UK.

Working with thousands of schools, colleges and STEM employers, STEMNET enables young people of all backgrounds and abilities to experience hands-on STEM activities which motivate, inspire and bring learning to life.

Through programmes such as the STEM Ambassadors (funded by BIS) and the STEM Clubs Programme (funded by the  Department for Education, the Scottish Government and The Gatsby Charitable Foundation), STEMNET provides experiences that go far beyond the classroom – unlocking potential, widening horizons and inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians.

Key messages

  • Supporting the development of the next generation of STEM skilled people is vital to the UK economy.
  • STEMNET is tackling the STEM skills shortage by enthusing young people about STEM.
  • STEMNET delivers cost effective and quality programmes with impact.
  • STEMNET is a unique organisation linking industry with STEM education, ensuring that the study of STEM translates into innovation.
  • STEMNET is flexible and innovative in its approach to supporting government priorities.
  • STEMNET works to ensure the UK is fit to compete in the global knowledge economy.

STEMNET works primarily with schools and colleges, helping young people and their teachers access a range of STEM Enhancement & Enrichment opportunities including STEM Clubs, links with STEM Ambassadors and activities featured in the STEM Directories.

The Schools STEM Advisory Network enables teachers to contact STEMNET for free advice on STEM Enhancement & Enrichment (E&E), and assistance in identifying what STEM E&E can most benefit them and their students.

By working with local experts, STEMNET can provide tailored advice and assistance quickly and easily to schools and colleges across the UK.

STEM Ambassadors Programme

The STEM Ambassadors Programme enables anyone with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills to inspire young people (5-19 year olds). STEM Ambassadors demonstrate the possibilities of STEM subjects and careers by revealing how essential STEM is throughout the world in which we live.

STEMNET currently has over 27,000 Ambassadors available to work with young people. The occupations of STEM Ambassadors are very wide ranging, including environmental scientists, chemists, civil engineers, marine biologists, medical physicists, pharmacists, apprentices and energy analysts to name but a few. Anyone who uses STEM in the world of work and who is willing and able to enthuse young people about STEM subjects, can apply to become a STEM Ambassador.

STEMNET works hard to ensure the population of STEM Ambassadors reflects the diversity of the local populations they serve. Women constitute 40 per cent of STEM Ambassadors, with over 10 per cent of those describing themselves as from BME (Black & Minority Ethnic) backgrounds. STEMNET has enthusiastic Ambassadors from 18 to 70 years of age, with almost 60 per cent under 35 years of age.

The programme is funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and is already supported by employers in every part of the UK who encourage their staff to become STEM Ambassadors as part of their outreach activities.

STEM Clubs Programme

The STEM Clubs Programme is aimed at 11-14-year-olds in secondary schools and colleges across the UK. STEMNET offers advice and guidance to secondary school teachers, helping them to establish and maintain after-school, before-school or lunchtime clubs with a focus on STEM.
STEM Clubs are not designed to be about writing, tests or exams. Instead, they allow students to explore, investigate and discover STEM subjects in a fun, stimulating learning environment away from the constraints of the school timetable. STEM Clubs can motivate and build confidence in students who struggle with STEM subjects and also provide an extra outlet for children who already show aptitude and are interested in furthering their learning.

For more information and to register as a STEM Ambassador click here



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