Katrina has been participating in the STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Maths) Ambassador programme and she recently received her first 15 hour engagement award. Below she describes the role and what inspired her to apply.
STEM Ambassadors is a government run scheme that brings together a range of people from a range of disciplines and backgrounds, including engineers, designers, architects, scientists and technicians. They help bring a new and inspiring perspective to STEM lessons and career opportunities.
It is a flexible programme where teachers can get in touch with STEM ambassadors for their own individual needs.
I signed up to become a STEM ambassador with the support from Cerberus with the goal to inspire more young people from all backgrounds to engage with STEM subjects.
Becoming a STEM ambassador during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a unique challenge as going into schools physically has not been an option. Everything has been done virtually which has given me the opportunity to engage with schools further afield, no longer having the travel considerations.
Instead of going into schools, I have had many meaningful conversations with teachers about my career path and how to inspire children to engage with their classes. I have been discussing what I do day-to-day so they can feed it back to their students and put some of the lessons into perspective. As a student at secondary school, I learnt about nuclear power plants but had no idea of the associated jobs and whether I would be interested in doing the activities day-to-day. In such an uncertain time, having context surrounding students’ virtual lessons has been key to their engagement.
As things begin to open up again, I look forward to doing more in person volunteering and running my own events. I would especially like to help run an after-school science club with exciting experiments that there is not time for within the curriculum and attending in person careers fairs.
Katrina Christaki, Graduate Criticality Safety Assessor
“We’re delighted that Katrina has identified such a worthwhile role, it sits really well alongside our structured criticality training programme. She makes a great role model for students and the company fully supports her continued participation.”
Stewart Hay, Director