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Season 3 Episode 3: Elevating Education - Why STEM Learning & STEM Ambassadors are so Important

April 4, 2022

“The upcoming generation is full of talent, and we need to nurture it and make sure there are opportunities available to them by ensuring that our education system – from nursery through to lifelong learning – develops STEM.”


These were wise words from MP Amanda Solloway, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury who gave the keynote address at the launch Elevating Education on the 24th March at IMechE HQ.


Amanda was part of a panel, including Dr Alice Bunn, IMechE CEO, and Chair of the Education and skills strategy board, Professor Helen James OBE. Who both gave very personal and impassioned speeches about the enormous value of stem education in today’s ever-changing world.


You can watch or listen to the recording of the day’s events on the IMechE’s You Tube channel.


In this month's episode Helen speaks with Jelena Gacesa, the Institution’s education outreach and safe guarding lead about the new initiative, which is designed to raise the profile of STEM careers for young people as part of the IMechE' s education and skills policy priorities.

Helen also spoke with Ajay Sharman, regional lead for the National STEM Learning Network, just after the event, to get his thoughts on the value of STEM education and careers and why STEM ambassadors are so vitally important to delivering this agenda.


Useful Links

STEM Ambassador Induction Video 

IMechE Virtual Work Experience Programme

Meet Jelena Gacesa

Institution News - Elevating Education Launch

STEM Activities @ Home

STEM Ambassador Training

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