Tech'Ecole

Tech'Ecole

Switzerland
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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Interst and motivate young students by example to choose science and technology related studies and careers.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

There has been a great interest from the schools in the province. Currently half of the secondary schools continue to be enrolled. Concerning the professionals, it is very interesting to note their great motivation to participate and to transmit their enthusiasm to the kids. The engagement of participating professionals is mainly achieved through personal and career based networks.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

It is widely acknowledged, that not enough young students choose career in science and technology. This project aims at transmitting enthusiasm and interest to the kids. The lectures and the hands-on experiences create a network between the schools, the pupils and the participating professionals at a very early stage - which did not exist at all previously.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Graduating classes of secondary schools are offered participation in the Tech'Ecole program. For each participating class a program of 9-10 lectures given by professionals in science and high tech throughout the school year is set up. The professionals are recruited as volunteers from universities, public organizations and private companies. They present their profession and their enthusiasm and motivate the kids to take up a career in science and technology professions. The lectures offer a maximum of hands-on experiences and creates a network between schools, pupils and professionals.
About You
Organization:
Tech'Ecole
About You
First Name

Daniel

Last Name

Guntli

About Your Organization
Organization Name

Tech'Ecole

Organization Phone

0041 32 835 21 66

Organization Address

Tech’Ecole, Le Château 13, 2028 Vaumarcus

Organization Country

, NE

Country where this project is creating social impact

, NE

How long has your organization been operating?

1‐5 years

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Innovation
What stage is your project in?

Operating for 1‐5 years

Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project

This project has been inspired by parents explaining their profession to school classes in Israel. Furthermore, there is a particular need to renew the human resources in science and technology in the region of the project.

Social Impact
Please describe how your project has been successful and how that success is measured

The success is measured by the positive feedback from the pupils about the lectures they are given. In the medium term, the number of enrollments in science and technology related careers will be assessed.

How many people have been impacted by your project?

101-1,000

How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?

101- 1,000

How will your project evolve over the next three years?

The main objective is to create structures ensuring that the project continues on the long term. We aim at enrolling more than half of the secondary schools in the province. Furthermore, we would like to inspire other similar initiatives throughout the country and worldwide.

Sustainability
What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

While the schools and the lecturers operate on a voluntary base, the organization of the lectures with the lecturers and the quality control requires a minimum of administrative work. It is important to ensure that this administrative work can be done.

Tell us about your partnerships

A partnership has been started with the local Neuchatel scientific society for organizing the administrative work.

Explain your selections

The project lives on the motivation of individuals - and their employers - and on the interest of the public schools system (regional governement) to welcome the inistiative.

How do you plan to strengthen your project in the next three years?

Create a solid and continuous administration of the program.

Partnerships and Accountability
Please tell us more about how your partnership was formed and how it functions. What specific role does each partner play? What unique resources does each partner bring to the initiative?

The objectives of Tech'Ecole and the Neuchâtel Science Society match concerning the promotion of science and technology. Therefore, the society decided to help to provide an administrative support to the project.

How are you building in accountability for students' successful STEM learning outcomes? Please provide a summary and examples.

The kids and their teachers feedback about the program. The program is evaluated annually with the school directors. On the medium term the choice of the kids for science and technology careers will be evaluated with the public education administration.

Needs

Human Resources/Talent, Mentorship.

Please use this space to elaborate on your selection above and/or to add needs that may not be listed.

The project lives on volunteers who would like to share their enthusiasm.

Offers

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