Stichting STEMec™ inspires young people and students into starting with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) related education programs in The Netherlands.
Fontys is one of the largest universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands that offers a variety of bachelors and masters programmes.
Stichting STEMec™ is the foundation that hosts 2 robotics teams in The Netherlands. Robotics Team π competes in the FIRST Robotics Competition and a still nameless team competes in the FIRST Tech Challenge. Students from Fontys University of Applied Sciences as well as the Heerbeeck College are members of the teams. With these robotics teams the students gain knowledge and experience in STEM related skills. With all these experience Stichting STEMec™ wants to create it’s own robotics competition that fits the Dutch education system. With this robotics competition more students and young people can learn about science and technology in a fun and challenging way.
Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. We call FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the Mind. High-school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.” Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team.
It’s way more than building robots. FIRST Tech Challenge teams are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format. Guided by adult Coaches and Mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and can be programmed using a variety of languages, including Java. Teams also must raise funds, design and market their team brand, and do community outreach for which they can win awards. Participants have access to tens of millions of dollars in college scholarships.