More girls into STEM education with Johnson&Johnson STEMEduHack16 November 2020
On 12-13 November 2020, as part of the European Commission's 2020 DigiEduHack, JA Europe partnered with Johnson&Johnson for the first-ever Online Hackathon with the objective to spark curiosity and foster long term interest in STEM education, especially amongst girls. The initiative focused on innovation, digital skills and education, with the aim of providing new and creative solutions to promote STEM education and careers during the challenging situation caused by COVID-19.
A total of 188 team applications were received by the STEMEduHack, out of which 10 teams from Europe and one guest from Uganda were selected to participate in the online hackathon. The challenge sent to the teams was to revolutionize education by coming up with solutions to increase the amount of female STEM students. Over two days, the teams of talented female students worked online with business mentors from Johnson&Johnson and presented their solutions to a high-level jury.
The winning team from Moldova was called STEM (Strong TEam of Moldova). They impressed the jury with a unique game where players can learn about STEM while they build their dream city. To do so, users have to complete tasks related to STEM that develop their skills and provide them with more knowledge. The game highlights the relevance of STEM in our everyday life and gives players access to professional support and inspiring role models.
We look forward to building on this successful experience in the coming months, so stay tuned. In case you missed it, watch the full webinar here!