STEM Ambassadors…Unlocking Future Nuclear Professionals!

One of the key roles you can take on as a Nuclear Institute YGN volunteer is STEM ambassadorship...


YGN STEM Ambassadors plan, organise and deliver learning activities that provide hands-on and relevant experiences for students studying STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects.

Sparking young people’s imagination and informing them of the opportunities relating to careers underpinned by STEM-related skills is vital to ensuring a vibrant nuclear industry in the future. It is also a really effective way of developing public perceptions of nuclear technology.

Delivered in the right way, STEM activities can engage students and equip them with critical thinking, problem solving, creativity and collaboration skills they will need for a career in the nuclear industry.

STEM Ambassadors can also help young people develop the connections between school, the work place, the community and the global economy; teaching them the importance of education and social responsibility.

The UK’s network of STEM ambassadors is run by STEM Learning, who strive to deliver their vision and purpose by working with thousands of schools, colleges and STEM employers, to enable young people of all backgrounds and abilities to meet inspiring role models, understand real world applications of STEM subjects and experience hands-on STEM activities that motivate, inspire and bring learning and career opportunities to life.

Below are some useful links: 

STEM Ambassador info page

 Regional STEM Hubs

 Registering as an Ambassador

To find out more about STEM activities across the Nuclear Institute and access to educational resources, visit here and here


YGN volunteers play an active role in the STEM Ambassador community. Whether it be activity sessions delivered to small groups or science fairs engaging with thousands of children, the YGN understands the importance of active involvement and has a long list of testimonials showcasing their good work.


A group of YGN volunteers have created the Chain Reaction Series (CRS), an online series of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths (STEAM) videos. Their mission is to create an online network of young adults focusing, although not exclusively, on 14-18 years eager to marry the science they’ve been learning around their kitchen tables with the real-life experts making it happen. Via a collection of videos themed around a different STEAM topic each week, CRS uses ‘kitchen cupboard’ science as a conversation starter with experts, before delving into the how, what and why’s of their job and career.

Follow the chain reaction series on social media (LinkedInFacebook, InstagramTwitter) to stay up to date! 

Simple ideas which spark chain reactions!

To find out more about the chain reaction series, click here

Chain reaction


Nine young, enthusiastic individuals from across Cumbria took to the stage to answer the most pressing questions our planet faces, and offer up their creative solutions in the YGN’s West Cumbria School Competition.

Applicants produced posters about their chosen questions with the intention of being as bold, creative and imaginative as possible.

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The nine finalists, event organisers and judges

All students

Read more about it here.


The YGN ran a fringe event at the Nuclear Skills Conference 2019, focusing on inspiring young people to join the industry; by providing an insight into the breadth and depth of roles in the nuclear sector.

Great discussions forming at the fringe event.



Read more about it here 

ENYGF 2017

 YGN volunteers delivered STEM workshops to Manchester students during the European Nuclear Young Generation Forum 2017.

Students get the inside scoop on making pond retrieval arms


Students take part in activities to develop their understanding of nuclear energy


Big Bang North West 2016

 YGN volunteers show young people some of the mechanical engineering challenges nuclear industry professionals face.

Students get to grips with a process glovebox, a key piece of nuclear indsutry technology

Big Bang North West Glovebox

 Remotely operated machinery helps to decommission some of the nuclear indsutry's legacy plant.

Big Bang North West ROVs

Engineer Your Future at Bristol Technology Engineering Academy 2016

Money raised at the YGN dinner charity raffle and auction supported the 2016 BTEA Engineer Your Future event.

A student interogates the workings of a grab mechanism


Stiudents designed and built a manipulator arm