Our senior graphic designer, Danielle Horton, is now a very proud STEM ambassador. This involves her volunteering her time, enthusiasm and experiences to encourage and inspire young people to achieve more and progress further in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Dani has thrown herself into the role and has already started work within her 1st project – Go4Set. She is currently mentoring six S2 pupils from James Hamilton Academy.
Go4SET encourages S2 pupils to “go for it!” and pursue further education, apprenticeships or careers in science, engineering and technology, getting them out of the classroom and giving them first-hand experience of the workplace. For 10 weeks, they will work with Dani on themed projects based around real-world problems. The group are currently working on ‘Create Sport’ – where they will design and create a model of a new Sports Centre with Dani’s guidance.
Dani is keen to give back to the community and this all begun last year when she wrote a blog for the Ayrshire College’s female STEM network – Ayrshire Connects – ‘Girls with Grit’. I think all would agree Dani is very inspirational and the children working with her on the STEM projects will benefit greatly: https://ayrshirecollegeblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/20/girls-with-grit-dani-horton-microtech-digital/
“Being a Graphic Design graduate has given me the expertise to structure and foster a creative learning environment with an end goal in mind. My deadlines are weekly or daily (sometimes hourly) and this fast-paced working environment has meant decisive idea generation, streamlined admin processes and working on multiple projects with varied skill-sets are all necessities. Competition, stress and conflicting opinions can be a stimulating influence to improve yourself and your work - a life lesson I want to pass onto the next generation.”