i04: STEAM Youth Impulse (130 M€)
The STEAM Youth Impulse investment seeks to promote and support initiatives to be developed and implemented by higher education institutes, including universities and polytechnics, in partnership with employers, that aim to increase the number of young higher education graduates in science, technology, engineering, arts/humanities and mathematics (STEAM-Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), including:
- The STEAM Youth Impulse investment seeks to promote and support initiatives through programmes, “schools” and/or “alliances”, in partnership with higher education institutes and employers, aimed at undergraduate courses and increasing the number of graduates in STEAM subjects across the country, related to experimental projects within a framework of inter- and trans-disciplinarity, as well as;
- programmes, “schools” and/or “alliances” specifically aimed at polytechnic training in the form of partnerships between higher education institutes and employers, above all stimulating a “proximity offer” in areas of higher population concentration close to the main urban centres, including the offer of degrees and TESPs in close association with collaborative innovation centres and networks, the incubation of entrepreneurial projects and collaboration with secondary schools, in particular involving training of a vocational nature.
The programme will be implemented in conjunction with the Adult Impulse Programme through a single, open and competitive tender.
The STEAM Youth Impulse programme also anticipates the increased promotion of experimental teaching of science and technology and scientific culture in primary and secondary education by enhancing Ciência Viva networks, namely by strengthening the network of Ciência Viva Clubs in schools and the Ciência Viva Schools network.
In general, the STEAM Youth Impulse aims to:
- Support 10,000 students in higher education courses in science, technology, engineering, arts/humanities and mathematics by the second quarter of 2025;
- Benefit at least 10,000 students annually through interventions to modernise infrastructures and equipment, allowing for an increase in capacity and the introduction of innovative pedagogical practices;
- Support 650 Ciência Viva Clubs in schools to extend the Ciência Viva Clubs Network to all grouped and non-grouped school schools in the network, as well as supporting the installation and development of 20 Ciência Viva Schools to extend the Ciência Viva Centres Network.