The competition is organised by the ENHANCE Alliance, made up of 7 European universities of technology
The final phase of the “Enhance Girls in STEM” competition, which takes place in Warsaw on 7-8 June, brings together 14 European girls aged 16-19 who have submitted social and environmental projects in which science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) play a leading role. The competition aims to encourage greater integration of women in science degrees at university level.
In addition, the ideas that have reached the final have focused on offering a solution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically on the points related to sustainable cities and climate action.
The competition has been structured in two phases. First, the participants submitted their proposals with an explanatory video, specifying their projects on themes identified by the competition, such as the public transport system, green spaces, energy consumption, resource efficiency and natural disasters. The ideas had to present an initial problem located in the young women’s local environment and propose a solution in which the application of STEM was fundamental to its development. In this first phase, young people from Spain, Germany, Italy, Poland, Norway and Sweden participated, specifically from the cities where the seven universities that make up the ENHANCE Alliance are located.
The final phase of the competition
For the final phase, which takes place in the “Women in Tech Summit” framework, the 14 high school students have to make a presentation to the jury. They will defend the solution devised for the problem posed. The jury will select three final winners based on the quality of the proposal as a solution to the problem, the innovation and technologies used, its feasibility and the quality of the presentation. The prizes consist of a laptop, two Interrail tickets and an all-expenses-paid visit to any of the seven European universities that make up the ENHANCE Alliance.
In the context of the work of the ENHANCE Alliance, equal opportunities and the promotion of sustainable development are two of the central axes. In this line, the “Enhance Girls in STEM” competition combines the two principles with the promotion of responsible engineering, merging traditional engineering topics with social and environmental issues.