Top distinction for STEMpowering Youth
STEMpowering Youth which is implemented by SciCo with the support of the Vodafone Foundation and the academic contribution of Ellinogermaniki Agogi, is the programme that was awarded one of the top prizes in the field of science communication and outreach, this year’s Sustainable Success Award in the Mariano Gago Ecsite Awards 2019. The programme was awarded in the Sustainable Success Category, as an shareable and inspiring tool of empowerement and engagement of young people, which brings STEM tools and expertise to the remotest schools in the country.
STEMpowering Youth was unanimously applauded by the Jury, as the outcome of a dynamic and sustainable collaboration, which “is true to our field’s values of inclusion and diversity”. The programme’s meaningful impact on Greek society, having reached about 12.400 in 47 remote Greek areas in its 3 years of implementation through its two basic pillars, the extracurricular STEM educational programme and equipment of schools with educational STEM kits.
Sharon Ament, Chairperson of the Jury and Director of the Museum of London said: “The Jury was impressed with the impact and social relevance of STEMpowering Youth,” explained Sharon Ament, Chairperson of the Jury. “This is a long-standing, well rooted success story with remarkable reach, true to our field’s values of inclusion and diversity.” Inviting the project’s creator Theo Anagnostopoulos to join her on stage, she continued: “We applaud the accessibility and shareability of the programme, making it an open and inspirational tool to engage and empower young people in underprivileged communities worldwide”
Theo Anagnostopoulos, accepting the award on behalf of SciCo, added: “We are not trying to shift every teenager to study science and engineering. All jobs are necessary and diversity is essential. What we are trying to do is to cultivate the mindset of inferential thinking for making decisions based on data and facts. The mindset of thinking critically, questioning and testing hypotheses, innovating and liberating creativity”.
The Ecsite European Network Science Centres and Museums was formed in 1990 by 23 European Science centres and has continued to expand globally, becoming a driving force for science engagement in Europe. Today, the network has more than 350 member organizations, science centres and museums in over 50 countries and organizes the largest professional science communication conference in Europe. Ecsite members welcome over 40 million visitors per year in their venues – and many millions more through their websites and outreach activities. Created in 2015, the Mariano Gago Ecsite Awards encourage creative and impactful work within the informal science education sector.This prestigious award represents the recognition of the Ecsite network and the acclaimed jury members,rewarding excellence in science engagement among member organizations.