Education is the key to successfully shaping the society of tomorrow, particularly within the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). However, statistics show that enrolments in STEM-based degree programmes are decreasing. This may lead to problems not only for the industrial sector but also for research and development in a much wider perspective.

SciChallenge – Next Generation Science Challenges Using Digital and Social Media to Make Science Education and Careers Attractive for Young People – is an EU-funded project that aims to break this trend and get young people interested in education, research and careers in natural science and technology. The target group is young people aged 10-20 and the three project keywords are inspirecontribute and share. An innovative concept for youth scientific challenges will be created, an online meeting place will be set up and social media will be used to inspire participants and share knowledge.

SciChallenge will use competitions to get young people to self produce digital scientific education materials to be used by their peers. The idea is that participants, whether individually or in groups, develop creative digital material such as videos, slides or infographics and share these online. Submissions are to be uploaded using social media and collected on the web platform; winning projects will subsequently be selected in a number of different categories. The website will also offer information about education, research and careers, as well as STEM internship opportunities and taster days.