Examples of projects and initiatives that highlight the successful partnerships between companies and education that raise awareness around the opportunities in the STEM sector and give students the opportunity to develop their STEM skills.
- Skills for the Future - HYUNDAI
JA Europe works with Hyundai Motor Europe to provide students with skills for the job market. The automotive industry is constantly looking for skilled automotive professionals who are difficult to find due to missing skills and competencies. The partnership between JA Europe and Hyundai Motor Europe is helping to increase the employability skills and entrepreneurship spirit of the young generation in Europe. During 2012-2015, 10,000 young people between the ages of 15 and 18 in 15 European countries have had the opportunity to try their hands at enterprise, learn valuable skills and apply their knowledge in new ways. With support from their teachers, they will be exposed to a variety of learning-by-doing approaches and work with Hyundai business volunteers from all over Europe. During 2015-2016, the Skills for the Future programme will run for its 4th consecutive school-year and aim to reach 5,000 students across Europe.
- Sci-Tech Challenge - EXXON-MOBIL
The Sci-Tech Challenge is designed to motivate students, aged 15-18, to consider science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-oriented careers, and to raise their awareness of the importance of their STEM skills and how they can be applied in enterprising ways to tackle the challenges of tomorrow . The Sci-Tech Challenge currently takes place in ten European countries. It gives close to 5,250 young people in secondary schools the opportunity to participate in the Sci-Tech Challenge programme each academic year. Over 100 employees from ExxonMobil participate as volunteers. 90 teachers experience the Sci-Tech Challenge each academic year. The partnership between JA-YE and ExxonMobil brings together two organisations which are committed to the development of young people and maths and science education. The combined skills and experiences have enabled the development of a successful schools programme brought about to address educational challenges as described below.
Intel ISEF (a program of Society for Science & the Public (SSP)) is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, where 1,700 high school students from over 75 countries, regions, and territories are awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for approximately $4 million in prizes.
Impact in Europe: 23 European Countries | 26 national science fairs | 50k+ students reached annually | 700+ Intel ISEF finalists since the first Intel ISEF in 1997
Impact Worldwide: 500 + regional Intel ISEF affiliated science fairs | 75+ countries, regions and territories | 1700+ students at Intel ISEF each year in the US, over 20 000 finalists since 1997 | $4 million in prizes at US finals | 8 million+ students reached annually (through affiliated science fairs)
- European Schoolnet — INGENIOUS
inGenious is the European Coordinating Body in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education. It is a joint initiative launched by European Schoolnet and the European Roundtable of Industrialists (ERT) aiming to reinforce young European's interest in science education and careers and thus address anticipated future skills gaps within the European Union. Through a strategic partnership between major industries and Ministries of Education, inGenious has the objective of increasing the links between science education and careers, by involving up to 1,000 classrooms throughout Europe.
- SAMSUNG SMART Classrooms
Samsung Smart School program provides students living in underserved areas with improved education environments tailored to the levels of different regions, contributing to resolving the regional education divide. In the case of high-income countries equipped with basic networks, the company provides Smart School solutions to underserved students with limited education opportunities to offer advanced education and classes. For mid-to-low income countries, it focuses on providing basic infrastructure, donating buildings, education equipment and books. There are currently 383 Smart Schools under operation, concentrated in Europe and Southwest Asia, through the company’s global expansion initiatives. Read more here.
- CISCO NetAcad - more information here.
- Microsoft - Having an idea and turning into action is a significant undertaking. From finding financial backing, to capturing the attention of would-be customers, there are many steps on the journey to turning your pioneering idea into profit. Mentor-driven programs, such as Microsoft Ventures Accelerators provide advice for entrepreneurs seeking to overcome the challenges that come with establishing a company. During a three-to-six month immersive program, applicants have unique access to business mentors, marketing experts, office space and technology to help scale their business.