Growing Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths opportunities in Lancashire.
Our role is to provide inspirational opportunities and forge a link between schools and employers in order to inspire, excite and grow the STEM knowledge and understanding of young people.
Here at STEMFirst we are passionate about STEM and offer bespoke, personal advice that best supports your needs, those of your company, your school and your students.
- Advice is FREE
- Ambassadors are FREE
- Inspiring the next generation is PRICELESS
STEMFirst runs the STEMNET contract for Lancashire, the North West STEM Clubs contract and the British Science Association CREST Awards for Lancashire schools.
We recruit volunteers who have a passion for STEM, train, insure and DBS check them and link these motivational volunteers with schools and young people to inspire about STEM careers and opportunities.
Our Ambassadors are part of the National STEMNET Ambassador Programme, which is funded by STEMNET via the Government, of which there are 32,000 volunteers across the country.
Latest Schools Requests for Ambassadors
You can see what schools are asking for across Lancashire in our fortnightly ‘Request For Ambassadors’ list.
Teachers – contact us to make your own request. Ambassadors / Employers – contact us to find out more and to volunteer
Latest News from STEMFirst
CISCO Little Big Awards
STEMFirst were delighted to be chosen to co-ordinate the CISCO Little Big Awards in Lancashire and the North West. Over 18 schools took part in this fantastic STEM Challenge with the North West Final taking place at Brockholes Nature Reserve in February 2016.
To find out more and how our Regional Winner, Fulwood Academy, got on in the National Final go to: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/school-stem-teams-use-iot-bbc-microbit-combat-childhood-adam-rigby
Chemistry at Work
STEMFirst have been working with the Royal Society of Chemistry to bring Chemistry to life across Lancashire. In 2015/16 we have deliver 5 Chemistry at Work days across Preston, Burnley, Blackburn and Blackpool for 600 Year 9 pupils to inspire them about Chemistry related careers. Thank you so much to all our college partners, STEM Ambassadors , the RSC and Cogent for helping us bring this inspirational free event to Lancashire schools. To find out more take a look at the following article that appeared in the Lancashire Evening Post about our Preston’s College Event, or the Burnley Event at: http://www.burnley.ac.uk/burnley-college-hosts-the-first-chemistry-at-work-event/
Young Engineers Competition
STEMFirst once again were delighted to support the Young Engineers Competition at Blackpool and Fylde College. This annual STEM Challenge event is a huge draw for Blackpool and Lancashire schools and once again the teams did not fail to impress with their catapult designs and engineering prowess – take a look at this year’s youtube film of the event:
And the You Tube link if you prefer: https://youtu.be/hZ4W3aONbBw
Women in Science and Engineering
People Like Me – STEMFirst have been commissioned to deliver a new resource from WISE (Women in Science and Engineering’ that is tailored to help young girls see themselves in STEM related job roles. We have provided training for over 20 Lancashire STEM Ambassadors and are currently rolling out the programme across Lancashire schools. To find out more, whether you are an employer or a school, then please get in touch. All our course attendees have found the resources very thought provoking with the Becky Key, Preston’s College iSTEM Centre Operations Manager saying “Really enjoyed the People Like Me training – an insightful session by STEMFirst and the quiz was correct with the type of job role I would be suited too”.