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Press release: First Edition of the STEM Discovery Week starts today! - Brussels, 22 April 2016
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First Edition of the STEM Discovery Week starts today!
Attracting the next generation of scientists and engineers towards STEM careers

Brussels, 22 April 2016 - The first STEM Discovery Week starts today in classrooms across Europe. Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths teachers along with industry and education professionals will organise a series of online and face-to-face activities with the support of the STEM Alliance partners namely organisations such as European Schoolnet and CSR Europe as well as industry partners: Amgen, Cisco, Dassault Systèmes, EPCA, IBM, La Caixa, Lego Education, Lenovo, Microsoft, Shell and Texas Instruments.

The annual STEM Discovery Week focuses on raising awareness of STEM teachers, career counsellors and professionals of the various STEM career paths existing in the industry and other sectors. In addition, the campaign highlights the opportunities offer to teachers to learn methods and practice to teach STEM in a more attractive way, linked to real live examples, using industry practices.

“We need motivated, properly trained, well-equipped science teachers to prepare and inspire the next generation of researchers and innovators in Europe”, explains Marc Durando, the executive director of European Schoolnet, a network of 31 European Ministries of Education. The continued substantial shortage of STEM skilled workers and STEM teachers seriously jeopardizes the success of the European economy and its education systems. The STEM Alliance was established in November 2015 to tackle those fundamental societal issues with the support of industry partners and Ministries of Education across Europe.

During the STEM Discovery Week, STEM education stakeholders from private and public sectors can get involved & support the STEM Alliance and organise their own STEM event. In addition, schools can participate to the STEM4YOU competition, the first competition organised by the STEM Alliance. They are invited to challenge the classrooms and organise a STEM Discovery event with exciting and special activities or create a video to explain why STEM careers and studies matter.

During the STEM Discovery Week, schools can also engage in European online events. The STEM Alliance will host its first webinar on careers as well as its very first Community of Practice - online event consisting of moderated forums – on the key topic of the impact of STEM teaching on student’ motivation and attainment in these fields.
Further information: For further information, please contact:
  • Christel Vacelet
Senior Communications Manager, European Schoolnet
0032 (0) 485 52 30 60, christel.vacelet@eun.org

About the STEM Alliance
The STEM Alliance (www.stemalliance.eu) – inGenious Education and industry, brings together Industries, Ministries of Education and education stakeholders to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education and careers to young European's and address anticipated future skills gaps within the European Union.
The STEM Alliance builds on the success of the EU-funded inGenious initiative (2011-2014) to increase the links between STEM education and careers, by involving schools and business throughout Europe.

 
About European Schoolnet
European Schoolnet (www.europeanschoolnet.org) is the network of 30 European Ministries of Education, based in Brussels. As a not-for-profit organisation, we aim to bring innovation in teaching and learning to our key stakeholders: Ministries of Education, schools, teachers, researchers, and industry partners. To fulfil its goals, European Schoolnet develop European-funded projects with the European Commission, the Ministries of Education and industry partners. European Schoolnet also run a number of services for teachers and policymakers, such as Scientix, to promote science education. European Schoolnet was the coordinator of ECB - Ingenious, now continuing with the STEM Alliance.

About CSR Europe
CSR Europe (www.csreurope.org) is the leading European business network for Corporate Social Responsibility. Through its network of around 55 corporate members and 45 National CSR organisations, it gathers over 10,000 companies, and acts as a platform for those businesses looking to enhance sustainable growth and positively contribute to society. Improving STEM skills and promoting quality business-education partnerships is a key priority for CSR Europe, as is reflected in the Pact for Youth launched in 2015. As co-leader of the STEM Alliance, CSR Europe welcomes the STEM Discovery week as a key contribution to the Pact for Youth.



 


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