EY Foundation introduces the EY STEM app to reach 10k girls in India

The goal of the EY STEM app is to encourage young females in the 13–18 age range to participate in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) coursework and pursue high-growth tech employment. The Vigyan Jyoti program uses the app to target 10,000 female students.

The EY Foundation and Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti have signed an MoU to launch the EY STEM app in 200 Vigyan Jyoti Program schools throughout India during the summer.

The goal of the EY STEM app is to encourage young females in the 13–18 age range to participate in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) coursework and pursue high-growth tech employment. The Vigyan Jyoti program uses the app to target 10,000 female students.

The Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser has helped to enable the collaboration between the EY Foundation and the schools participating in the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti’s Vigyan Jyoti Program.

Santosh Pathak — Head, EY Foundation, said over the past 20 years, the Foundation’s programs have placed a strong emphasis on education. EY expects that by 2022, the EY STEM app will have inspired 100,000 women all around the world to pursue professions in STEM.

Pathak further said that in partnership with Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, the firm hopes to make the EY STEM app more widely accessible and motivate many girls to embrace STEM learning.

The Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti is the DST’s VJP implementing partner. It is a separate division of the Indian Ministry of Education.

To speed up gender parity in the technology sector, the EY STEM app was introduced in 2019 in India (Delhi NCR) and the US (Atlanta and Seattle) by the Global Women in Technology (WIT) leaders.

More than 50 schools and nonprofit organisations participated in the pilot, and 91,000 exercise steps were accomplished. Over 6000 female students from 45 private and public schools in India participated in the software testing.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals were impacted by girls in “real-life actions” for almost 1 million minutes. By 2022, EY wants to inspire 100,000 women globally to work in the STEM fields by using the EY STEM app.

The free-to-use app links girls with a variety of educational opportunities, from investigating cutting-edge technology like blockchain and artificial intelligence to discovering how design thinking can help address some of the most difficult problems in the world.

The app intends to develop not just confidence and competence in STEM, but also to build skills like critical thinking and problem-solving, creativity and systems thinking, as well as social skills and teamwork.

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