Inspiring the Next Generation
of Measurement Scientists!
Wanted: New, Young Metrologists!
Very soon, retiring Metrology professionals, primarily from the Baby Boomer generation, will generate a workforce shortage. Who will replace this technical workforce? How will we rise above this “Gathering Storm”? We must tap into the “Generation Y” or “Milineal” generations, currently emerging into the workforce, as well as the newest generation, currently in primary school. The only way to accomplish this goal is to target the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Pipeline. By acting now, we can reduce and minimize the potential impact to national and international measurement systems.
What is a Metrology Ambassador?
A Metrology Ambassador is a measurement scientist who volunteers in their community to educate students, parents, educators, and others about basic measurement science principles and about career opportunities in Metrology. An Ambassador can accplish this by mentoring students, conducting hands-on interactive activites in the classroom, hosting laboratory tours, participating in career fairs and science nights, and inviting students to their NCSLI section meetings to learn more about measurement science! Focus on K - 12 grades, higher education, or both!
How do I become a Metrology Ambassador?
The Metrology Outreach Program provides measurement experiences and a variety of resources that can be used by volunteers to generate interest and awareness the next generation of measurement scientists. These useful tools can be used by anyone when conducting outreach to teachers and students. Check out the resources below to find out what you can do and how you can get started.
New Career Resources Available
The new Multimedia DVD Find a Cool Career in Metrology is now available. Request DVD copies for your outreach event. Be sure to share yours with a teacher, student, or counselor (and use the Metrology Ambassador form below to let us know!) The DVD content interactivity has been enhanced and can be viewed at www.MetrologyCareers.com. Feel free to link to the Metrology Career website from your organization's website to increase awareness of this valuable learning tool.
A series of articles are available that describe the Metrology Ambassador program, which you can download below:
How Do I Report an Outreach Event?
- You Can Be a Metrology Ambassador (January 2008)
- Conversations with Metrology Ambassadors (April 2008)
- Resources for Metrology Ambassadors (October 2008)
- Planning an Outreach Event Using the Metrologist Kits (August 2011)
From 2009 to the present, over 10,600 students have learned about metrology and exciting career opportunities through this program. It is easy to complete and submit the Event Tracking form (download below).
If you have ideas about Outreach resources, let the committee chair of the 164 Education Liaison and Outreach Committe know!
To learn more:
160 Education and Development
164 Education Liaison and Outreach