Our Mission Statement
SmartSTEMs provides equal access to inspire and realise the full potential of future generations, facilitate cost effective collaboration with industry and education to develop the next generation of talent and create and maintain inclusive and open partnerships to deliver social value and opportunity.
Our model is scalable and replicable and delivered through our intertwined initiatives of hub events and outreach:
- Hub Events are held in tertiary education establishments, by territory, where we convene industry and schools to apply the SmartSTEMs glue and get the good people of Scotland connected and collaborating to best effect.
- Outreach is delivered in Schools & Clubs affording STEM activities locally & ongoing.
- 5th March 2019 – West College Scotland – Paisley Campus
Our Annual Report
SmartSTEMs exists to ensure as many of our young people as possible are exposed to the full breadth of their career opportunities and ultimately, that they get every chance to realise their full potential. During this year we have worked very hard to create and nurture resilient connections between industry and the various parts of our education system in Scotland.
By systematically doing so, our reach and impact has increased at a faster rate than our costs and we will endeavour to continue in this manner moving forward. By our collaborative framework approach, we manage to collectively do more with less. However, this this is only possible by the action and kindness of very many people, and I personally would like to say that we are grateful to each and every one of you. I hope you enjoy reading about our supporters and those we exist to support. With your continued help we can do much more for many more moving forward. Here’s to a fantastic year ahead.
A MORE CONNECTED SCOTLAND
At EDF Energy we know that if Scotland is to address the energy challenges of the future it needs to have a workforce with strong skills in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
That is why, as well as being Scotland’s largest generator of low carbon electricity, we are also investing in the next generation of Scottish minds.
We want to challenge perceptions and see people from a bigger variety of backgrounds take up STEM studies and careers. It is this shared vision that that makes us so excited to be powering SmartSTEMs.
This new partnership is part of our wider commitment to education. Each year we welcome thousands of schools children through the doors of our visitor centres at Hunterston B and Torness where our guides talk them through how electricity is made before taking them on a tour of the power station.
Hundreds of Scottish schools are registered with our online education programme, The Pod and we run the Pretty Curious campaign which encourages girls to consider STEM subjects and careers. At the end of last year we welcomed more than 350 girls to a series of hands-on workshops in Edinburgh where they were able to hear from female STEM role models and get creative with technology.
EDF Energy is proud to be working with SmartSTEMs and hope that the events over the next few months will inspire hundreds more girls to consider pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering or maths.