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Monday 4 February 2013

The next course dates for training to get involved with the Centre of the Cell engagement activities is 6 March, 2pm in the Clarke Kennedy lecture theatre at Whitechapel. Anyone with an enthusiasm for science and a wish to convey that enthusiasm to children and young people is welcome - you do not have to be studying a science subject. You will be needed for just one day a year plus training - unless you wish to do more!

Next course dates: 6 March, 2pm in the Clarke Kennedy lecture theatre at Whitechapel.

Centre of the Cell - the science centre housed in the Blizard Institute in Whitechapel, winner of the Educational Initiative award at the 2010 Museums and Heritage Awards for Excellence, would like you to share your skill and experience with us. This is your chance to be part of one of the best science education projects around!

We're looking for staff and PhD students to become STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) Ambassadors for the project. Anyone with an enthusiasm for science and a wish to convey that enthusiasm to children and young people is welcome - you do not have to be studying a science subject. You will be needed for just one day a year - unless you wish to do more!

The time you spend can be credited to your transferable skills training if you are a PhD student in Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

The Centre of the Cell experience includes digital games based around basic biomedical science and biomedical research going on at QM, audio visuals, microscopes and more.

During school term time, groups of school children aged from seven to 18 visit Centre of the Cell. We hope to book an Ambassador for every school session to join the visit and talk about what it is like to be a scientist (if you are one). The possibility that students can meet people who work in science and healthcare is extremely attractive to teachers; it features highly in the positive feedback we get from those who visit.

We are working with STEMNET (www.stemnet.org.uk/) to provide full training to qualify you as a STEM Ambassador. The training is in the form of a two hour training session on one of College sites, familiarisation of the exhibition and a free CRB check. This training in, and experience of public engagement will help fulfil the requirements of many grants and STEMNET training is good to have on your CV. This workshop is then followed by a Centre of the Cell show and discussion of the Ambassador’s role within it.

Ambassadors are individuals with skills and backgrounds in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) who volunteer to work with young people in a wide variety of settings to support teachers in enhancing and enriching the relevant parts of the school curriculum. By registering as a STEM Ambassador, you will become a member of a nationally recognised volunteer programme which is managed locally in London by STEMNET. There are over 2400 STEM Ambassadors in London from a wide range of organisations who enjoy supporting STEM events. There is lots of information about STEM Ambassadors and the activities which they support to enthuse young people on the ‘Ambassadors’ section of STEMNET’s website.

Anyone who goes on a STEMNET/Centre of the Cell course will be expected to volunteer in the exhibition for at least three school sessions per year although you would be welcome to help in further days or activities. Our aim is to have every school group meet at least one QM student or staff member during their visit.

We have a training session with places available on Wednesday 6 March 2013 from 2pm. Please contact Aysha on u.aysha@qmul.ac.uk if you would like to attend one of these training sessions or to register your interest for a later session.

In addition to this, staff, students and their family and friends are able to visit Centre of the Cell during school holidays. Visit the website for more information: www.centreofthecell.org/bookings.

We hope you will join us in supporting Centre of the Cell and making each session memorable for our visitors.

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