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Sophie Read

It has been an absolute pleasure to be involved with Year of Engineering talking about STEM careers - thank you to all of the schools and organisations that have asked me to take part. I hope that in my own small way I have inspired a few young people to pursue careers in STEM and encouraged a few other business colleagues to come on-board as STEM Ambassadors.

As just a snapshot of my activities…

I was interviewed by Mark Lane for his article on “Why the STEM agenda is so important to our North East firms” https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/business/business-news/stem-agenda-important-north-east-14337794

I took part at the inaugural #GNMCareersDay2018 held at the Hancock Museum with KS2 and KS3 students chatting about “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and explaining that Engineers are problem solvers (along with conducting some messy experiments).

I took "Lottie Doll" on her #LottieTour to encourage more women into engineering, taking her around the Bring It On Exhibition and telling other companies about the project, she even her picture taken with an MP!

I was involved in the absolutely fantastic Bring It On North East in Sunderland http://www.bringitonne.co.uk/bring-it-on-2018 at which 156 of the region's schools and over 2,500 pupils took part.

I was a part of the fantastic Great Exhibition of the North, being just one of 1,175 volunteers to take part and showing visitors the creativity of engineering as part of The Northern Design Quest.

I was invited to The Royal Society's to discuss “Could the support employers provide to schools be increased, and be more effective than at present?” where I spoke about my experiences of being a STEM Ambassador.

I was nominated for (but didn't win) Outstanding New STEM Ambassador in the STEM Inspiration Awards.

I was also delighted to be involved with many schools, colleges and universities across the North East as part of their mock interview processes and careers days.

STEM parties.. how can I forget the STEM parties, it is definitely debatable who had the most fun the students taking part or the people running the sessions.

I was delighted to see the article in The Engineer https://www.theengineer.co.uk/combating-engineering-stereotypes/ that showed how successful the campaign has been thus far and I hope that this success continues and has lasting results into young people taking up STEM careers in the future.

For myself, I can honestly say it’s been great from a personal development perspective and it has been great to meet so many other like-minded volunteers who give up their time to encourage more students into a career in engineering. I hope that in my own small way I have encouraged some of the North East's young people to peruse a career in engineering. As a parting note – why not look into becoming a STEM Ambassador yourself and see how fulfilling it can be!

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