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Many volunteers may struggle to engage young people with exciting activities in STEM subjects. However, with advice from STEM Ambassador Hubs, volunteers and educators, this program of short, flexible courses will support you in engaging and inspiring children and young people in STEM.

The course is hosted via the online learning platform, FutureLearn. You will learn how to plan and carry out effective STEM activities, exploring: diversity, communicating with young people and using feedback to improve your activity and performance. Ultimately, these courses aim to equip you with the skills and confidence to inspire young people in STEM subjects and careers.

Courses are typically two weeks in length and take around three hours a week of self-paced study to complete.


The courses are free, but to gain certificates and other rewards you can upgrade for £32 per course.

There are four courses within this programme:

Planning Activities

Resources and Diversity

Activities and Improving Communication

Using Feedback to Improve


This is a useful option for anyone wanting to explore good practice when it comes to engaging young people, particularly if you are, or are interested in becoming, a STEM Ambassador.

For more information and to join the courses, visit the FutureLearn website.


These courses are offered by the National STEM Learning Centre. The National STEM Learning Centre provides world-class professional development activities and resources to support the teaching of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. The Centre is a purpose-built, state of the art facility based at the University of York backed by an unrivalled team of experts in the fields of education and STEM.