Dr Melissa Butt
STEM Education Director
Upon completing a Biomedical Science Undergraduate Degree and PhD I trained to be a secondary school science teacher to inspire the next generation of scientists. In 2014, I founded a non profit educational organisation (Discovery STEM Education). I became the Chair of World Educational Robotics UK in 2017, a co founder of Invent Future Global in 2019 and an Ambassador for Consequential Robotics in 2020.
Tell us about your career path.
Why did you choose a STEM profession?
Was your interest in STEM encouraged?

I was inspired by my humerous Biology teacher at school and the lead actress who played the role of a microbiologist in the 1995 movie called Outbreak.

The only difference between the master and the novice is that the master has failed more times than the novice has tried.

Stephen McCraine

How was your educational/university experience? Do you have any memorable experiences to share?

My undergraduate and postgraduate courses were very practical with lots of exciting hands on laboratory experiments. The most memorable experience was presenting my research at conferences in Italy, Greece and California.

Where do you work?
What would you do during a typical day at work? What do you enjoy most about your job?

Discovery STEM Education
There isn’t a typical day and that is probably what I enjoy about it the most. I work on several projects with an amazing team in the UK and overseas. We develop educational robotics and invention curriculum, provide international courses and collaborative events for young people and train school teachers to incorporate our programmes into their lessons.

What are your plans and aspirations for the future?

To support school teachers in developing countries to be able to teach educational robotics and invention to their students.

What do you like to do outside of work? What are your passions and hobbies?

Hill walking, learning about the latest tech and ballet dancing.

What advice would you give to other young girls and women who plan to pursue a STEM career?

Look for opportunities to get involved in problem solving and creative activities. Start thinking about problems that you think need solving and how you could solve them. Your STEM career starts now!