In this final part of STEM education in Europe, we are searching for Science & Technology programs for students in the south-east! Europe has always held such a special place in my heart. As someone who comes from an arts, literature and sciences background, I am marveled by the harmony and blending of rich history, culture, and art, alongside brilliant scientific advancements in Europe. It was such a pleasure researching and looking for programs and opportunities for students who have a passion for science!
- PA Raspberry Pi Competition
The PA Raspberry Pi Competition is now in its fifth year and strives to give teams of students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of computer programming and engineering using the Raspberry Pi Technology. The competition has mainly three categories –
- PA’s Primary School Award: academic years 4-6
- PA’s Secondary School Award: academic years 7-11
- PA’s Sixth Form and College Award: academic years 12-13
The winner in each category receives £1,000!
For more information about the competition, head down to their learning hub!
- Bricks4Kidz, Italy
Bricks4Kidz is an international program that offers students a unique environment where they can learn about the basic concepts of engineering and technology using LEGO bricks! The courses are designed as a series of projects encouraging creative thinking and analytical thinking.
Bricks4Kidsz in Italy (http://bricks4kidz.it/) offers a wide variety of summer workshops, camps, robotics programs and social events for students and their parents to engage in.
If you are not located in Italy but want to search for a branch near you, you can find and contact a representative near you from the locations below!
- WRO Hellas
WRO Hellas are a body of the non-profit organization called Educational Robotics & Science and conduct educational robotics competitions in Greece and Southeastern Europe. Through automation and vehicle competitions, they strive to introduce educational robotics and broader methodology of STEM in the formal education system of Greece.
The three major initiatives of the WRO Hellas is –
- Conducting robotics competitions for primary and high school students
- Supplying schools with educational robotics equipment
- Training teachers
For information on the WIDE range of local, national and international competitions as well as equipment requests and training session, visit their website –
- European Union Contest for Young Scientists
The European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) promotes the ideals of co-operation and interchange between young scientists. The Contest is the annual showcase of the best of European student scientific achievement and as such attracts widespread media interest. The EU Contest gives students the opportunity to compete with the best of their contemporaries at European level. The young scientists also have the chance to meet others with similar abilities and interests and to be guided by some of the most prominent scientists in Europe. In this way, the Commission seeks to strengthen the efforts made in each participating country to attract young people to careers in science and technology (http://ec.europa.eu/research/eucys/index_en.cfm?pg=home).
Students from the member and associated states are allowed to participate and compete annually! Find out of you are part of these states below –
Only projects that have been nominated by the National Organiser in each participating country are admissible. Contestants shall provide a written project, and a project suitable for display in a public exhibition.
In addition, you can always learn about INTERNATIONAL STEM PROGRAMS that might be active near you or how to start a program and get students in your community involved!
Involvement and encouragement in Science and Technology fields, along with the inclusion of Arts and Literature, helps build a better society and makes this world a better place. Educating the current and upcoming generation on important global issues and showing them methods to solve them, ensures in keeping the world around us sustained and happy. Innovation and advancements starts with a small step and together, through education, we can change the course of our civilization for the better!
We will continue this global series by looking and sharing STEM programs in other parts of the world!
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Estonian Research Council