Celebrating STEM Ambassadors

On 2nd June, Oxford Brookes University’s stunning new John Henry Brookes building was the venue for an evening to celebrate the role of STEM Ambassadors in the Oxford Trust’s 30 year history. Ambassadors, teachers, The Oxford Trust’s trustees and Science Oxford Staff all gathered to say thank you for the work done by Ambassadors since 2003 to inspire school children and engage them with STEM subjects.

 

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An interactive science quiz with fantastic demonstrations by Science Oxford’s Bridget Holligan was followed by awards presented to Ambassadors nominated by Science Oxford staff. Lady Audrey Wood presented the award for ‘Outstanding Contribution’ to Bob Heath-Whyte for his fantastic work over the last 10 years. Other prizes were given to the most active ambassador, Melanie Windridge, the longest serving ambassador, Graham Quelch, and the best newcomer, Vance Briggs. These were followed by awards for the organisation and school that best support the STEM Ambassador programme which went deservedly to STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and Didcot Girls School.

There was plenty of opportunity for teachers, ambassadors and trustees to network and discuss the work Ambassadors do. New connections were made and even lead to invitations for Ambassadors to visit schools and new ideas for engaging activities.

We would like to extend our thanks to all STEM Ambassadors unable to be there on the night. Your hard work and dedication is hugely appreciated by all and is key to the Trust’s aim to encourage the pursuit of science.