Why STEM in Schools?

STEMFirst is funded by STEM Learning to provide a FREE service to schools. Our Aim is to ensure that all young people, regardless of background, are encouraged to understand the excitement and importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

We can help your school to understand the range of hands-on STEM opportunities available, how STEM Ambassadors can support awareness of the career opportunities STEM subjects can lead to, and help young people make informed choices about their futures.

What is going on?

There is always a HUGE range of STEM opportunities available, from hands-on activities to competitions and after school clubs. Take a look at our calendar on What’s On, or our Resources page for current opportunities and ideas. Alternatively contact us and we can talk to you about your specific school’s needs.

How do I request a STEM Ambassador?

STEM Ambassadors are a FREE resource for schools. Requesting a STEM Ambassador is easy. You can send us an email OR why not join STEMNetworking and publish your request directly to over 28,000 STEM Ambassadors?


Sign up NOW and post as many requests for FREE support as you require.

What type of Opportunities are available to schools?

There are lots of great opportunities for schools to get involved in STEM.

Have a look at the latest NEWShoots for the currently FREE opportunities for Lancashire schools, or have a look on the WHAT’S On page to see what is happening throughout the year.

See below for examples of how schools are using STEM Ambassadors.


STEM Ambassador Activity CASE STUDY

Chorley Guardian – Lab in a Lorry

Since 2012 STEMFirst have been involved in planning and delivering the Work Inspiration Careers Events in Burnley and Pendle, in partnership with BURNLEY-based Safran Aircelle, Burnley College, Burnley Borough Council and BITC. The aim of this major event is to inspire young people and demonstrate the wealth of career opportunities that exists locally.

Each year the event is attended by almost 1,000 Burnley school students and 700 Pendle Students who meet representatives of more than 50 local organisations and businesses.

Many STEM Ambassadors and Employers kindly gave their time and experience to make what was a truly inspirational event.

Take a look at the video below to get a feel of the types of activities that our STEM Ambassador volunteers can bring to your school or how they support these inspirational events.

Work Inspiration is spreading across Lancashire and may well be coming to a venue near you soon!

To find out more and get involved contact us at STEMFirst.

Winner of the 2012 WISE Advisor Award

We are delighted to announce that STEMFirst have won the National Advisor Award at the Women in Science and Engineering Event. Helen Heggie from STEMFirst was presented the Award by HRH The Princess Royal, at the Awards Ceremony at the Institute of Engineering Technology in November.

This Award recognises the success of STEMFirst in providing opportunities that inspire, excite, and grow the STEM knowledge and understanding of young people.

STEMNET especially congratulated STEMFirst on their award, and applauded the fantastic work Helen and Sue have undertaken over recent years in creating, building and establishing STEMFirst as the key point of contact for schools and businesses, and really pushing forward the STEM agenda for young people across Lancashire. To find out more go to the WISE website at