Pisa, May 16, 2019: Boeing and Sant'Anna School announced the winners of the STEM 4 Future initiative coordinated by the network of Corporate Social Responsibility - CSR Europe

Strengthening links between education and careers, the STEM 4 future event was held in recognition of the achievements of 198 young people aged 16-18 years from 7 schools all across Italy. The STEM program provided students with robotics and artificial intelligence curriculum resources and experiences, to enhance learning in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subject areas. Boeing Italia collaborated with ScuolAttiva Onlus and Sant’Anna School in promoting STEM workshops and trainings for 3 schools in Rome (Liceo Scientifico and Linguistico IIS Croce – Aleramo, Liceo Classico Immanuel Kant, Liceo Classico Plauto), for 3 schools in Milan (Liceo Scientifico Donatelli Pascal, Liceo Classico Giosuè Carducci, Liceo Scientifico Vittorio Veneto) and 1 school in Pisa (Liceo Scientifico Ulisse Dini).

Students gathered at the Sant’Anna School campus and the Polo Fibonacci of University of Pisa for the STEM 4 future awards ceremony.  Attendees included Gaetana Morgante, as the official representative of Sant’Anna School Rector Sabina Nuti; Antonio De Palmas, President of Boeing Italia; Simona Frassone, President of ScuolAttiva Onlus; Alberto Mazzoni, as the program coordinator at the Biorobotics Institute and Antonio Frisoli, as the coordinator of the Human-Robot Interaction research area of the TeCIP Institute.

 “We believe in the power of STEM programs problem-solving to advance technology innovation and seek out solutions that have the potential to impact the global market”, said Antonio De Palmas, President of Boeing Italia. “Therefore, the STEM 4 future initiative remains a critically important project. We are proud to launch programs that help students to achieve their potential through educational enrichment and inspire the next generation of leaders in Europe”.

“The STEM 4 future program has the potential to make an impact on undergraduate student orientation– said Sabina Nuti, Rector of Sant'Anna School – and this STEM 4 future initiative 2019 reflects our policy for new students’ orientation. In 2019, the program focuses on social mobility and merit. Sant’Anna School is committed to supporting talented students achieve their potential for excellence in science, technology, and engineering”.

Over an eight-month period (October 2018 - May 2019), 198 students have attended 80 hours courses and worked on the robot Thymio programming. They focused on Artificial Intelligence and algorithms, as they are an increasingly important part of basic literacy in today's knowledge economy.

Keeping science education growing, as many as 1,000 students (also from primary schools) were involved in STEM education initiatives and in the Career Days events.

 Cover photo: STEM 4 Future 2018, room aula magna, Sant’Anna School (Archives)

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