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STMICROELECTRONICS SRL

Added on 22-03-2013

Company

STMICROELECTRONICS SRL

Network

Fondazione Sodalitas

Year

2011-2012

Business challenge

This project aims to improve interest of students in Science, favouring their choice to enter scientific paths such as Electronics, Chemistry, Physics and so on and show them the multiplicity and “beautifulness” of technical job profiles existing in the industrial world. Project supports also the introduction of new advanced new didactic tools such as robotics and multimedia.

Description

The project is divided into three main sections:
1) “One day in ST, one day at school”.
a) one-day visit in ST of max 30 students aged 14 to 19 years; a full day immersion with: morning in room with technical presentations and afternoon tours to labs and manufacturing area
b) a half-day visits to schools with ST testimonials presenting lectures. This solution allows to reach up to 100 students aged 11 to 19 years.
2) “RomeCup”. Organized by Mondo Digitale it is a 3 days-exhibition focusing on robotics in didactic. ST participated actively to such an exhibition in Italy on March with a booth and sponsoring the awards for the National competition.
3) “Mediaexpo”: this is a two days’ didactic exhibition with particular attention to technology and science education which takes place every year at the University of Crema and dedicated to young people aged 3 to 19 years. This year, in addition to the sponsorship, ST was present with two labs: one on robotics and the other on the process of chips manufacturing.
4) More lectures in Universities on various topics ranging from technical subjects, to safety and environment

Impact

The biggest challenge for us was to identify a common language and approach between two worlds unfortunately very far one from the other. The players of our project learned entering in relation with students stimulating their intelligence but also their empathy. We also learned to undress science from an old-style approach and drop it in the students’ daily life.

Challenges/Lessons learned:

The program “one day in ST, one day at school” is very much appreciated by schools since it allows students to get in touch with the working reality and to realize what they will find after school. The program reaches more than 300 students per year. Many of them were enthusiastic to discover new frontiers and many possibilities for their future. As regards the RomeCup, it allows students to connect the scientific knowledge and the micro-sciences in a fun manner. It gives them an opportunity to exchange with professional on this highly motivating topic which is for some of them a hobby. It encourages them to get into more complex programming in order to implement more sophisticated things with the robots. Mediaexpo allows raising the awareness of the schools (teachers of students) to an experimental methodology, which focuses on interactivity reaching more than 1000 students.

More information

No external link to this project, but only news on intranet site

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