Inventing the future

JA Europe and Arconic Foundation launched a new initiative focused on entrepreneurship and STEM education in France, Germany, Hungary and the UK. 

The 2-year- project will impact: 

  • 600 young people (15-19 years old) from over 20 schools
  • 80 Arconic volunteers actively mentoring the ‘leaders of tomorrow’ together with 20 teachers

The initiative combines STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and entrepreneurship education through national Innovation camps and classroom visits. Students will be mentored by highly involved Arconic business volunteers as they work through different STEM-related challenges in innovation camps, ultimately to help develop their innovation skills.

The activities under this initiative have a special focus on the next generation of materials and how this material innovation will influence the manufacturing industry and societal challenges such as urban mobility in the next decade. 

There is a rapid shift taking place in manufacturing from automation to digitalization of information and a skills shortage has been identified by manufacturers globally. To help solve this, Arconic and JA Europe strive to encourage more young people to pursue STEM careers or start businesses in these fields, recognizing that Europe’s competitiveness and the future of opportunities lie at the crossroads between STEM skills, innovation and new businesses. 

Moreover, JA Europe recognises the importance of entrepreneurship and STEM education raising awareness among policy makers and businesses with its “Switch on Europe” campaign.

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