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About the training
Ambassadors participate in workshops and one-on-one meetings to learn how to form meaningful relationships in the community and carry out a public engagement project. Projects take place outside traditional learning venues, such as museums and schools, to better include people who cannot or do not engage with science in conventional ways.
Previous engagement projects have included:
- a researcher studying antibiotic resistant bacteria wrote an article for a parenting website about how his research affects the way he prepares food for his family;
- an ornithologist drew on her skills as a musician to write and perform music inspired by bird migrations; and
- an anthropologist led a pottery workshop for youth in a secure residential facility.
Through STEMAP training, Ambassadors gain public engagement skills that can be applied when communicating with stakeholders outside their field, developing innovative Broader Impacts for funding proposals, and improving public access to science.