Inspiring the next generation to consider careers that require Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths skills is an important part of IBM’s community engagement. With technology innovation advancing at such a pace we need more and more creative and technical minds to deliver solutions that help solve the big challenges facing the world today and in the future.
That’s why IBM partnered with Shell to run a stimulating workshop for fifty 11 to 14-year-old students from a variety of London schools and backgrounds. The students competed in teams to solve “The Future of Energy” challenge, pitching their ideas to a Dragon’s Den-style panel. IBM and Shell volunteers worked with the students to help them think about the challenge and the role technology can play to create cleaner and more efficient energy solutions.
The students’ approach to tackling real-world energy challenges was impressive. The twelve teams pitched their ideas with confidence and a real sense of professionalism. As a Dragon Judge, I had the pleasure of watching the finalists present their big ideas. Their enthusiasm, energy and creativity was excellent and it was great to hear their simple ideas combined with fresh perspectives.
The winning idea came from Paddington Academy who took a holistic approach to the challenge with their solution “Fresh Air” – a clean energy concept for the airport of the future.
By bringing the boardroom to the class room, IBM hopes to capture the imagination of the students, stimulate a greater interest in STEM subjects and future careers. We need to bring more talent, especially girls, into our profession.