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Being a STEM Ambassador: Roger Todd
June 03rd 2015

Being a STEM Ambassador: Roger Todd

Roger Todd is an amazing STEM Ambassador who is currently working with Queens Park High School on their National Science + Engineering Competition entries. What makes a great STEM Ambassador? We took a look back with Roger…

“I have been a Stem Ambassador about six years and have enjoyed every minute. I am also a Schools Liaison Office for the IET and both roles go together very well. My patch is the Chester area and I have interfaced with three secondary schools mainly with STEM clubs. This has enable me to meet, besides the Secondary school children, some Primary school children. Unfortunately I have not been able to establish links with the local Primary schools but still early days.

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I am currently helping with two STEM clubs at Queens Park High school (QPH) in Chester. The two clubs are quite different. One is with older students where I am going through the principles of programming a small microprocessor with the aim of the students building a device that they can claim they have not only made but programmed. The final devices is expected to be a timer which could do anything from acting as a minute timer to a count down/up timer. The actual function being up to the students. The important thing is that they produce a proper design before we start to build the device. This is work in progress and we are currently at the design stage.

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The other club is with younger students who are going to enter a project for the Big Bang that takes place later this year. Their project is to build a boat. The aim is really to look at up-cycling materials and in the process examine, materials to build a hull, propulsion methods and power sources. This is proving interesting to students, teachers and me as imaginations start to investigate the problem. I look forward to seeing their completed project.

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Previously I had acted as a Mentor to teams at the Chester Catholic High school who were competing in the Jaguar Landrover challenge to build an off-road buggy and compete in a trial at Halewood. They did extremely well with one team going on to win the finals at the ExCel arena in London. I was please to have helped in a small way. I hope that QPH would perhaps take up the challenge as the Catholic High are no longer competing in this event. I would be please to again act as a mentor.

The above are just a few of the activities I have been pleased to become engaged in as a STEM Ambassador. My philosophy is that I am an experienced Professional Engineer who has had a great career and built up a store of engineering knowledge that I would like to pass on to the younger generation and in the process enjoy the work. So far I have not been disappointed and would certainly recommend the role of STEM Ambassador to anyone with STEM qualifications.

Being a STEM Ambassador? That is really 4F 4B with me. (ASCII code for OK – hope my microprocessor students read this!)”

Roger Todd IEng FIET
STEM Ambassador,
IET Schools Liaison Officer

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