Inspiring youth innovation and STEM skills

Supporting innovative, entrepreneurial thinking and strong skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) among young people is key to ensuring Europe’s future competitiveness.

The European Sci-Tech Challenge is an annual competition organized by JA Europe and ExxonMobil. It aims to help students aged 15-18 develop an interest in STEM skills and apply them to tackle the challenges of tomorrow. ExxonMobil is proud to be sponsoring this program for the 8th year.

A broad-ranging societal challenge is presented to students with the help of a network of volunteers and teachers. The ExxonMobil volunteers – from chemical engineers to research scientists – give students a first-hand insight into their own day-to-day work and the range of challenges they tackle. By having experienced employees participate as role models in the program, ExxonMobil aids students to understand the vital importance of STEM skills for a range of professions.

Since 2010, the Sci-Tech Challenge engaged over 62,000 students, 1,000 volunteers and 700 teachers across Europe. This year, it included participants from seven countries: Belgium, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Romania and the UK.

The students were asked to tackle the issue of low-emission mobility in their home countries. Proposed solutions ranged from an in-vehicle CO2 filtering system to bioethanol, hydrogen and hybrid technologies.

Teams from Belgium, France and Italy took part in this year’s finals hosted at the Bibliotheque Solvay in Brussels on May 10, 2017.

The winning team from France came up with an innovative proposal: the development of a new vehicle – the Norman Car. It is lighter than modern vehicles in order to optimize fuel consumption. It also has the ability to store and compress its own CO2 emissions that can be periodically collected at fuel stations and allocated to specialist chemical plants for the creation of algae to form biofuels.

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students engaged in the Sci-Tech challenge since 2010
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