STEM and the Water Sector

The Institute of Water is committed to promoting the water sector as a career choice for young people. That is why we have created a network of existing and new STEM Ambassadors to look at ways to showcase the water sector and inspire the next generation of water professionals.

Robin Price, Institute of Water’s Vice President Science and Interim Managing Director, Water Resources East, said:

“The water sector needs to ensure that we attract a new generation of water professionals. I believe the Institute of Water can play a key role in encouraging young people to look at the water industry as a potential career path.”

What are STEM Ambassadors?

Institute of Water member and STEM Ambassador, Bevita Mattu, inspiring children through the water challenge.

STEM Ambassadors are volunteers from a wide range of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related jobs and disciplines across the UK. They help bring a new and inspiring perspective to STEM lessons and career opportunities. They offer their time and enthusiasm to inspire and engage with young people to help bring STEM subjects to life and demonstrate the value of them in life and careers.

These Ambassadors are an important and exciting, free of charge resource for teachers and others engaging with young people inside and out of the classroom. Through a range of activities, including presentations, mentoring and careers talks, STEM Ambassadors play an essential role in inspiring the next generation with the world of STEM subjects and careers. Their support isn’t just limited to the classroom – STEM Ambassadors also engage in youth and community groups.

 

Meet a couple of Institute of Water members who are also STEM Ambassadors:

Charlotte Rhodes, Network Asset Technician – Water Assets, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water and Rising Star 2019

“I have been a STEM ambassador for around 8-10 months now and really enjoy the variety it brings from my day-to-day role, as well as the opportunity to talk about my passion with new audiences. Having been an active member of Girlguiding UK during my education years, I have always enjoyed creative learning and sharing my understanding with the younger generation. STEM events give me an opportunity to get students really excited about science subjects and show them just how important these skills are in the world, especially for young women as the demand for equality in the sector continues to grow. What I find most rewarding is seeing the light bulb moment when a student understands the importance of what you’re talking about, as well as being asked questions at the end of a presentation or event. It’s an incredible feeling knowing you’ve tweaked someone’s interest and I really hope we see an increase in the number of students studying STEM subjects in future years.”

Bevita Mattu BSc (Hons) PGDipEd MSc AMIMechE, Assistant Mechanical Engineer, Welsh Water Capital Delivery Alliance

“Becoming and being a STEM ambassador is a simple step that can make a big difference. It unlocks careers and opportunities students aren’t aware of and opens up a whole new world to them. The commitment required by the ambassador is extremely flexible, so it can easily be tailored to your availability. You’ll also be presenting to an audience that are excited and curious.

I think it’s really important to give youngsters an insight into the roles that are available to them, especially when these roles aren’t a clear cut subject in their curriculum. The people best placed to do this are people like you and me with a passion and insight into the field.

A tip to consider: be a facilitator rather than a lecturer. Activities which allow more work to be done by the students are more engaging to them and less draining for you.”

 

Are you a STEM Ambassador? If so, we would like to hear from you!

The Institute of Water has created a network to help create and promote links with existing STEM Ambassador Hubs across the UK so we can further develop our support for STEM, through the sharing of ideas and relevant news. We’ll be promoting our STEM work in our Magazine and on our website.

If you are a STEM Ambassador and interested in getting involved, please get in touch via info@instituteofwater.org.uk

If you’re not currently a STEM Ambassador and want to find out how to become one, visit the STEM Learning website.