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// STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

The STEM Program was officially launched in March 2019 by the National Institute of Science, Technology and Innovation (NISTI). The program seeks to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education among young people and to equip them with knowledge and skills that will eventually be useful to them in the future. Under the program, students from Primary to Secondary will be introduced to concepts including Basic hands-on computer training, robotics, artificial intelligence, renewable energy, internet of things and air space management in the modern age among other new and emerging technologies, better known as Frontier Technologies for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The organization aims to have a STEM program through the launch of STI Clubs. The aim is to have a STI Club in each Secondary School by end of 2021.

2020 Challenge:
The National Institute for Science Technology and Innovation (NISTI), has launched its first edition of the “Open Innovation Challenge to Develop Solutions for a Post-Pandemic Seychelles” under NISTI’s STEM program. This initiative is a call to action for School students to join forces to tackle the greatest challenges of our times and co-create impactful and innovative lasting solutions that carry us beyond Covid- 19.

• Challenge launch:4th June2020
Last date of registration: 31th July 2020
Announcement of selected projects :14th August2020
• Pitching competition: Primary: 3rd September(9.00am-4.00pm)
• Pitching competition: Secondary & Post-Secondary: 4th September (9.00am-4.00pm)
• Award and Certificate ceremony: 21th September (2.30pm- 5.00pm)  

2021 Challenge:
This year NISTI, has launched its second edition of the “Open Innovation Challenge to Develop Innovative Solutions for Climate Change” under NISTI’s STEM program. Climate change is a change in the pattern of weather, and related changes in oceans, land surfaces and ice sheets, occurring over time scales of decades or longer. This initiative is a call to action for School students (primary, secondary, post-secondary) and general public to join forces to tackle one of the most challenging phenomena of our times, and co-create impactful and innovative lasting solutions towards climate change. The potential creative solutions will be shared to government organization and private sectors to engage in the challenge.

• Challenge launch: 21st September 2020
• Last date of registration: 31th May 2021
• Announcement of selected projects will be on 30th June 2021
• Pitching competition for all categories: 6th to 10th September 2021(9.00am -4.00pm)
• Award and Certificate ceremony: 24th September 2021

Aim and objective of this competition:
• Make students enthusiastic about STEM education and Frontier technologies to tackle the current situation of climate change.
• Encourage participants to co- create impactful projects in a creative and innovative way.
• Get public and private sector involvement, so that practical projects can become feasible.