Do you want to inspire young people to get involved in STEM? 

The British Council in Vietnam is offering you the opportunity to join a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Ambassador Network as part of an exciting project entitled ‘Promote school girls’ interest and participation in science and innovation through STEM education and digital skills’. The project aims to provide better opportunities for girls from secondary and high schools in Vietnam to explore their potential and become empowered to pursue STEM subjects at university level and careers in STEM associated fields. The project seeks to address Vietnam’s current deficit in STEM-specialist human resources and this STEM ambassador network initiative is part of a broader response to Industrial Revolution 4.0 challenges.

Being a STEM Ambassador is about motivating young people to engage with science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and about encouraging students to consider further study and STEM related careers. Essentially, you will be tasked with inspiring the next generation of STEM professionals.

As a STEM Ambassador, you will be equipped with the essential skills, knowledge, procedural and role expectation information. You will need to work with teachers and schools students to cascading learning about STEM and developing STEM-related projects in school. 

Responsibilities of STEM Ambassadors

  • cascade training to local school students in Hanoi, Hue, Danang, Can Tho and Ho Chi Minh City (30 participants/training)
  • mentor and coach at least two groups of students per school – you will support groups in developing STEM projects focused on solving local problems with group projects then entered into the nationwide School Lab STEM competition 
  • commit to participating in other agreed STEM Ambassador network activities.

Benefits of being a STEM ambassador

  • increase your own knowledge about STEM, project development and implementation and mentoring skills and professional confidence
  • join three-day boot camp training with UK and Vietnamese experts on approaches to STEM education and essential skills, knowledge related to innovation in education. Travel, accommodation and meals will be provided
  • receive a STEM manual on procedures and roles when delivering cascading training
  • gain experience as a trainer through cascading training to middle and high school students
  • gain experience mentoring  groups of high school students in achieving specific STEM related project goals
  • become a member of a wider network of active and knowledgeable STEM ambassadors in Vietnam. 

Who is eligible?

  • early-career researchers from universities, research institutes and enterprises are encouraged to apply
  • STEM stakeholders, teachers who wish to develop their career by inspiring young people to get involved in STEM. 

Ability to communicate in English is preferred.

How to apply

  • a personal statement (maximum 400 words) expressing why you should be considered for the role of STEM Ambassador 
  • a current Curriculum Vitae (CV) highlighting relevant STEM-related activities
  • apply online here

Timelines

Submission deadline 11 November 2018
Result announced 19 November 2018
Boot camp training in Hanoi 24 – 26 November 2018
Training cascaded to local schools December 2018
Mentoring STEM project participants January 2019
Project reflection report  February 2019

Contact

For further information please contact: 

Ms Nguyen Hoang Thanh Le
Higher Education Officer
British Council 
Vietnam
le.hoang@britishcouncil.org.vn 
T +84 0(24) 37281920 ext.1952

The project is funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and delivered by the British Council in Vietnam in partnership with Microsoft Vietnam through the Centre for Education and Development and BK-Holdings Co,. Ltd through Junior Startups Vietnam.

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