GEM (2020-2022) is a European Union co-funded pilot project, aiming to encourage girls’ interest in STEM and ICT subjects and inspire them to choose careers and become entrepreneurs in these fields. To achieve this goal, the project consortium will organize exciting cost-free summer camps for girls aged 12-18 and establish a wide reaching network of schools, higher education institutions, companies and policy makers, thus supporting girls in pursuing these careers.
AN UPDATE DUE TO CORONA VIRUS.
The spread of COVID-19 has left an imprint on the professional as well as everyday life around the world. Logically, the realisation of our GEM Project is also affected by the many restrictions of everyday life. Closed schools, limited access to universities or other public places, as well as travel restrictions currently present challenges to the completion of the project aims for 2020. We had set our minds to reach girls and spark enthusiasm in them for STEM, information and communication technology subjects. We wanted to do achieve this by organising summer camps and building a Europe-wide network in support of girls pursuing careers in these sectors.
Wanting to implement the project in its full potential without taking the risk of spreading the virus further, we decided to postpone the first round of summer camps until summer 2021, followed by a second round of camps in 2022. Therefore, our GEM project is currently taking a break until March 2021. We are excited to present the preliminary descriptions of each of the summer camps taking place next year soon, however.
Only our GEM project partners from Lithuania were able to organise a first summer school in Vilnius in the summer of 2020. They made sure to take the necessary preparations to meet the pandemic with caution. After intensive planning, many considerations and very low corona infection rates at that time, the summer school “Smart City 2020” was a first success.
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