We are excited to feature our 2012-2013 Science Expo Ambassadors as guest bloggers over the next few weeks leading up to the 2013 Science Expo Conference. During November and December, they held regional Fall Info Nights from the Greater Toronto Area all the way to Windsor, Ontario to inspire interest in STEM, highlight upcoming STEM opportunities, showcase local involvement in extracurricular STEM and promote the 2013 Science Expo Conference. Ambassadors will be sharing their stories on their ambassador experience, their Fall Info Night, STEM topics and life-changing STEM opportunities that they have participated in.
To this point, being a Science Expo Ambassador has taught me many skills and has strengthened many of my pre-existing skills. For one, being an independent group, I learned how to manage large events independently and how to work on getting past the difficulties that inevitably arise when planning and executing events. This was most specifically seen with the troubles I had to face when finding a venue. Due to the teacher strikes, I was unable to have the event at my high school (the original plan) and thus had to struggle to find a new location for my FIN in less than two weeks. Although this was quite stressful, I learnt to persevere and find an alternative! Moreover, independently planning this large scale event taught me how to independently solve these problems and take executive decisions when necessary.
I feel that my experience as an ambassador has been excellent but it would be a great asset to have more ambassadors for this region because at times, it got a little difficult to manage with other events and priorities going on. In addition, having to deal with all the issues that arose while trying to plan the FIN was demotivating at times when working alone. Hopefully my Fall Info Night attracted keen students who will participate in the Science Expo ambassador program next year and will form a Team Burlington group!
Apart from the FIN, I feel that Science Expo is not only a great way to reach out to peers and educate them in STEM related field, but also great for ambassadors. This is because through this process we are able to obtain many event-coordinating skills as well as learn about STEM ourselves, in the process of informing others. Also, it has been great getting to meet (if over the internet counts) so many motivated and hardworking individuals who strive for the same goals as myself. This is motivating and encouraging to be to continue my involvement with such groups and strive to work to the best of my ability. In addition it was been great to see that many of the students involved with Science Expo are involved with many other groups/events that I am involved in such as TEDxYouthTO and DECA, through which I may have never met such great people.
Throughout this entire process TNJ has been very supportive with last minute difficulties, other personal issues which hindered my ability to attend meeting etc for a while. You guys are doing a great job keeping the ambassadors on track while keeping Science Expo fun and exciting for everyone!
Overall, so far I’ve had a great experience and learnt a lot from the more difficult parts of my experience as a Science Expo Ambassador. I look forward to be able to meeting all the Ambassadors and TNJ soon!!