100 Effective Projects to Promote Scientific and Technological (STEM) Careers
Top-100 Educational Innovations searches for innovative proposals in teaching scientific and technological disciplines
This is an extensive research project that Fundación Telefónica has conducted throughout the year to identify innovative educational initiatives; that is to say, innovative projects which nevertheless have proven results in the field of science education as a whole
Fundación Telefónica’s commitment to education is reflected not only through the activity of its direct intervention programmes with children and young people in Europe and Latin America, but also in the constant exploration of innovative educational trends and the enhancement of experiences and projects that have given proven results. In Europe, our most important initiative is Think Big. It’s a project with big goals and works in conjunction with partners and volunteers in delivering programmes that inspire; help young people gain the skills for today’s economy; think like entrepreneurs; to take the initiative; to be self-reliant; and to make their ideas come alive.
With the number of trained scientific and technological professionals in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) available often insufficient to meet today’s needs – with demand expected to continue rising in the coming years – it is clear that a project like Education Challenge is very much needed. In this context, Spain is a unique case study in which to conduct such a research due to the high youth unemployment and migration rates, which remain despite the steadying of the Spanish economy. According to the latest report form the OECD, 25.79 per cent of young Spaniards are NEET (young people who are Not in Education, Employment or Training) and investment in education and, in particular, STEM have been identified as areas that can retain young talent and secure a more prosperous future for the country.
These results will be a tool that allows the distribution of knowledge that will be of great value to the entire educational community and society in general.
The task facing Education Challenge is therefore twofold. On the one hand, it has to mobilise and raise awareness in society about the importance of scientific and technological careers. And on the other, it has to create opportunities to pass on those educational initiatives that have proven more effective and thus more innovative, in stimulating the learning of science and technology, engineering and mathematics.
This report, Top-100 Educational Innovations, presents the results of the Education Challenge project. This is an extensive research project that Fundación Telefónica has conducted throughout the year to identify innovative educational initiatives; that is to say, innovative projects which nevertheless have proven results in the field of science education as a whole. Initiatives that are considered to have the greatest potential for development will be presented, and brief but useful and systematic information will be offered for each of them. We are confident that these results will be a tool that allows the distribution of knowledge that will be of great value to the entire educational community and society in general.