Science Ambassadors

This physics outreach scheme trains students to deliver physics demos and workshops in local primary schools.

Setting up a group of IOP Science Ambassadors is a great way to strengthen links with primary schools and raise the profile of physics in your school. Students will gain valuable planning and presenting skills while strengthening their confidence and identification with physics.
Participating schools will bring a group of around 10 students to one of our IOP Science Ambassador training days. Students will learn how to deliver a range of science demos and activities, as well as taking part in a session on presentation skills. We will also provide teaching materials for a set of workshops designed to develop confidence and resilience, for you to run with your students in preparation for the day.

Get involved

For schools

Look for upcoming training days in your area or get in touch if you would like more information.

For volunteers

We need volunteers with a science background to act as mentors to students during training days. You’ll be showing them how to run demos and activities and explaining the science. Get in touch with project manager Jessica Rowson to find out more.

For venues

If you have a space, whether it is a hall or a few large classrooms, and want to contribute to improving student’s confidence and perceptions of science, please contact us.


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