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Awen is a former Science teacher, and taught Chemistry for nearly 10 years at Ysgol David Hughes, Menai Bridge and Ysgol Brynrefail, Caernarfon. Before becoming a teacher, Awen worked in industry as a Scientist.

When her twin sons were 2 years old, Awen decided to take a step back from teaching and worked as a contractor for Horizon Nuclear Power in Anglesey. It’s here that she worked as an education officer with the responsibility of raising pupils’ awareness of the effect of their carbon footprint. Awen is also a STEM Ambassador.

Establishing Inspire by Sbarduno

Awen’s role with Horizon Nuclear Power came to an end in March 2019, and during her time with the company she worked with over 3,000 pupils, and met a lot of teachers. It was during this time she noticed the lack of Scientific experiments within locations and primary schools with young children. This is mainly due to the lack of resources and lack of subject specialism, as providers and teachers need to teach many different subjects and fields.

The work and experiments that Awen does with the children shows the scientific links with everything around us, be that from day-to-day or what we see in our lifetime. Through these experiences that Awen has to offer, the children are able to see and experience first hand how interesting and relevant Science is to them. Awen’s main goal is to inspire children to be interested in Science from an early age.

Inspiring children is of real importance to Awen, and by delivering these workshops and experiments, those important key skills, such as problem solving, working as a team working as an individual are developed, as well as developing key motor skills.

There’s a shortage of females in the world of Science, and rather than seeing this as an obstacle, this has further developed Awen’s interest within the field. It’s a fast developing and exciting area, and over the years Awen has worked with fantastic females within the industry and those teaching Science subjects in schools.

This way Awen has the best of both worlds - the industry and teaching - and it works well with her busy family responsibilities.

Celebrating Success

Last year Awen received two awards at the Llais Cymru Awards Evening, which was Mum's Business and Science, Engineering and Technology.

Awen was successful again this year at the Awards Evening, where she won the Science, Engineering and Technology awards for the second year.

It was an online event again across Wales this year, celebrating the successes of females in the business world and Welsh businesses.

Meet the rest of the team


Secondary Academy Tutor

As a mother to three children, Alaw graduated from Bangor University in 2005 with a BSC Honours Degree in Psychology. She’s been teaching Maths at Ysgol Brynrefail, Llanrug since 2007. Alaw is responsible for marking the Maths GCSE papers for the Welsh Joint Education Committee for a number of years.

This year, Alaw has been appointed the role of an assistant to the Additional Learning Needs department at the school. Her responsibilities as part of the team is to support, track and mentor pupils on the programme.

Alaw hopes to continue a career with the Additional Learning Needs and Inclusion team by continuing to teach Maths on all levels at the school. She enjoys the opportunity to inspire pupils to enjoy Maths by showing them the career opportunities that are available through the subject, as it’s relevant to all careers.

In her spare time, Alaw enjoys walking, hiking, camping, reading and going out for a special meal from time to time.


Engagement and Marketing Coordinator

With a background in primary education, education business links and then working within the Nuclear industry, Claire has a wide range of experiences and links which is of benefit to Inspire by Sbarduno as it develops and enhances its provision.

As a mother to two young daughters, she enjoys the opportunity to support, promote, market and engage with partners, as well as being a full-time mother.

Over the years, Claire has seen the importance of allowing pupils to develop their STEM and Key skills from an early age, as it helps in preparing them for the world of work. Claire is proud to have been able to support and inspire young people over the years to identify their strengths and the relevance of their skills to their desired careers.

Claire is proud to be part of the Inspire by Sbarduno team, to promote and develop these skills with the next generation of young people who will be stepping into the world of work.


Primary and Secondary Academy Tutor

Having left Ysgol Brynrefail, Llanrug to follow a career as a professional footballer with Liverpool and Blackpool, Eifion was released from the football world and went on to study a B.Ed degree at university. After graduating, he received his first teaching position at Ysgol Rhiwlas, near Bangor. He then went on to teach at Ysgol Y Graig, Llangefni and then to Ysgol y Parc, Holyhead. At the end of his teaching period at Ysgol Y Parc, Holyhead, Eifion was the head of Key Stage 2 and also the Numeracy Coordinator. He was the Acting-Head at Ysgol Glanadda and Coed Mawr, Bangor.

Eifion has now ventured to the Secondary sector and is a Maths teacher as well an Inclusion teacher at Ysgol Tryfan, Bangor. His vision is that Maths and Numeracy should be taught in an exciting way, where the learner feels happy within a welcomed classroom environment.

Eifion ensures that his vision is also delivered during the Inspire by Sbarduno sessions, and that the pupils who attend benefit by developing their confidence, enjoy themselves and learn from attending each week.


Inspire by Sbarduno Officer

Ffion studied Biology and Chemistry as A Level subjects at Ysgol Brynrefail, Llanrug before studying an Environmental Sciences degree at Bangor University. She’s currently completing the Postgraduate Certificate of Education at Bangor and hopes to become a Chemistry teacher.

During the summer, Ffion was a valued member of the Inspire by Sbarduno team by presenting and delivering various workshops and experiments across Anglesey and Gwynedd. She’s recently been appointed to a part-time role with Bangor University to deliver experiment sessions in the Science Pavillion at the National Eisteddfod.

Ffion believes that it is important to inspire children and young people through Science, as many don’t receive these opportunities whilst at school. She’s really proud to be part of the Inspire by Sbarduno team as it allows her to share her passion for Science with the children and young people.


Inspire by Sbarduno Officer

At the end of May 2022, Haf’s education at Ysgol Brynrefail came to an end after she finished her A-Levels in Biology, Psychology and Religious Studies. Haf has previously worked and volunteered with young people with learning disabilities across several institutions and since has turned to study the psychology of learning.

As of next year, Haf wishes to develop her knowledge of Psychology by attending University in order to complete a degree in Psychology with Neuroscience. In the future she hopes to work with Psychologists along with advanced technology in order to investigate the biological factors that affect our behaviour.

Haf believes it is important to inspire young individuals outside of the traditional classroom, it is also of great significance that children see science as entertaining and interactive. By doing so, is developing their intrinsic motivation which will be most beneficial through their academic lives.


Inspire by Sbarduno Officer

Having studied for an integrated master’s at Bangor University for four years, Enlli has recently graduated with first class honours in Environmental Science (MEnvSci).

Enlli’s early interest in environmental activism led to her further research in climate change, renewable energy, and anthropogenic pollution.

Throughout various national and international experiences, she observed the potential influence young people can have on future decision making and public policy. Enlli strongly believes teaching scientific techniques and critical thinking skills at an early age will have a significant impact on future advancements in key industries.

Enlli previously volunteered with Girl Guiding Cymru for 10 years. She’s currently running a variety of scientific workshops across Wales for a range of ages and hope to introduce new experiments across an array of themes. She hopes to inspire young people to pursue a career in STEM and to highlight the importance of scientific skills and their real world applications.

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