One Million Interactions - Inspiring the next generation

One Million Interactions is an initiative to attract more young people into science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and the space industry. Supporting STEM Ambassadors to deliver successful interactions with young people, inspiring and encouraging the next generation of space professionals. The overall aim of the initiative is to help create 1 million interactions between young people and space professionals each year.

“There are an enormous variety of careers available in the space sector, and during my mission to the International Space Station I was part of a team of thousands of people working behind the scenes to make it possible. As an ambassador for space careers in the UK I have seen the power of professionals sharing their experiences with young people. This scheme is a great way of helping those young people take their first steps towards an exciting career in space.” - Astronaut Tim Peake

Find out more about the One Million Interactions ambassador programme:

  • Teachers and Schools
  • STEM Ambassadors
  • Employers
Bringing STEM Ambassadors - volunteers from a broad range of jobs and backgrounds, into your classroom is a perfect way to demonstrate the connection between the STEM subjects young people study and the potential careers in space travel and exploration they can progress into.
 

One Million Interactions STEM Ambassadors:

  • Bring the curriculum to life, helping young people to see the real-life application of what they are learning in school
  • Bring in outside STEM expertise
  • Motivate young people to work scientifically, think creatively, reason, find problems for themselves and try out ideas to solve them
  • Serve as inspiring role model
  • Help build young peoples’ science capital

Support offered by One Million Interactions STEM Ambassadors:

  • Careers talks and advice. See our Careers in Space videos
  • Help with enrichment activities by bringing ESERO-UK resources to life, supporting during science and space weeks and more.
  • Working with teachers to integrate space into the teaching of STEM curricula
  • Project mentoring including mentoring for CanSat and Climate Detectives competitions.
  • Providing one-off sessions with a group of students using space to enthuse and inspire young people into space careers

Book a One Million Interactions STEM Ambassador:

It is now easier than ever to book a STEM Ambassador to come into your classroom or deliver an activity virtually. Register and request a STEM Ambassador through the website  wherever you are.

Request a STEM Ambassador

We are looking for STEM Ambassadors from a broad range of jobs and backgrounds withing the space industry to engage with young people to demonstrate the connection between the STEM subjects they study and the potential careers in space travel and exploration.


Why become a One Million Interactions STEM Ambassador:

  • Share your work with an engaged audience
  • Make a genuine difference in the lives of young people
  • Inspire the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians
  • Become a mentor for engaging ESERO-UK space programmes
  • Gain a sense of achievement as you share your experience with a new audience
  • Develop your own careers skills, getting a real confidence boost

How to become a One Million Interactions STEM Ambassador:

If you have not yet signed up to the STEM Ambassador Programme:

  1. Register online
    1. Go to stem.org.uk/register and select ‘STEM Ambassador’
    2. Register on the One Million Interactions Ambassador Scheme
      1. When registering, find the ‘Schemes Participation’ box
      2. Search for and select ‘One Million Interactions’ to add this scheme
      3. If you are happy to, tick the box to share your details with any schemes so you can be contacted about additional training opportunities and resources
  2. Connect with your local STEM Ambassador Hub
    1. Once registered you will automatically be linked to your local Hub who will be your main point of contact for any questions
  3. Online induction
    1. Find out what to expect as a STEM Ambassador
  4. Apply for a free DBS or PVG check
    1. Your local hub will guide you through this process
  5. Begin volunteering!
    1. Sign up for an activity with a teacher or youth leader via the STEM Ambassador platform
    2. Improve your skills with our free online courses
    3. Offer an activity to teachers or youth leaders near you

If you are already a registered STEM Ambassador:

  1. Log in to the STEM Learning website (stem.org.uk)
  2. Go to your STEM Ambassador dashboard
  3. Register on the One Million Interactions Ambassador Scheme

a. In your profile, select the ‘Skills and Qualifications’ tab

b. Edit the page by pressing the ‘Edit’ button

c. Search for and select ‘One Million Interactions’ to add this scheme in the ‘I am participating in the following schemes’ box

d. If you are happy to, tick the box to share your details with any schemes so you can be contacted about additional training opportunities and resources

Start inspiring the next generation:

An easy-to-use guide has been created to support space sector STEM Ambassadors to deliver inspiring interactions with young people, with clearly labelled sections so you can pick and choose what support you require.

By working with young people using this guide as a reference, you are contributing to the one million interactions initiative, inspiring the next generation of space industry professionals. 

Check the full guide

STEM Ambassadors help employers connect with young people, inspiring them to become the next generation of STEM professionals. Organisations across the space sector should encourage their employees to consider becoming STEM Ambassadors and joining the One Million Interactions initiative to help bridge the skills gap within the industry and inspire the next generation into space and STEM careers. 


Why encourage your employees to become One Million Interactions STEM Ambassadors:

  • Help improve employee skills and experience
  • Enable access to free online training both online & face-to-face for your employees
  • Support your recruitment efforts and ensure the future pipeline has the skills needed
  • Raise awareness of the organisation and build links with local schools
  • Access information on employee engagement and activities via the STEM Ambassador platform

Join the One Million interactions STEM Ambassadors programme:

The STEM Ambassador programme is designed flexibly, offering your employees to set a level of involvement which meets company needs, and the opportunity for your employees to volunteer in a variety of ways.

Find out more about how to join the programme

Read our employer handbook

The initiative was launched by the UK Space Agency, ESERO UK, STEM Ambassadors and The Careers and Enterprise Company, and has pledged to deliver one million interactions per year with young people to emphasize 'space' as a context for teaching the curriculum.