EFDN starts new EFDN STEM Network on 4 September at Stamford Bridge

13 August 2019
Digital Blue, Chelsea FC

EFDN starts new EFDN STEM Network on 4 September at Stamford Bridge

EFDN, Chelsea FC & Feyenoord invite all interested clubs, leagues and partners to travel to Stamford Bridge, the home of Chelsea FC, on the 4th Sept to learn more about the new EFDN STEM Network. STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics – is the field that helps children learn how to program, make codes, and understand technological devices. Statistics tell us there are currently more than a million job vacancies in the STEM industry, while at the same time only 16% of college students graduate in STEM fields or subjects.

The EFDN STEM Network launch will be a coming together of like-minded, European football clubs and foundations, who wish to explore STEM education as a new community programme area and take their first steps towards driving innovation in STEM education through football. The day will include keynote talks from Chelsea FC and industry experts from the world of STEM and technology, as well as hands-on experience of Chelsea’s Robot Football coding game, and round tables to discuss STEM and kick off the new STEM Network.

Demand for STEM jobs increased three times between 2000 and 2010, and continues to grow, with many new fields and professions emerging each day. With advances in artificial intelligence, millions of jobs are now vacant. So clearly, STEM is the key to the careers of the future and it needs many more participants. In the next decade, 80% of jobs will require STEM skills. As professional football clubs, we have a reach in communities and minds second to none. Together, we can learn, share and development programmes to motivate and inspire the next generation to engage in STEM education from a young age and use football to bring STEM to life.

Chelsea FC have been actively delivering STEM education programmes in schools and communities across London and Surrey over the past three years, as well as overseas in the US, and supporting Feyenoord Foundation to start their own STEM education journey. Chelsea FC launched the worlds first Robot Football coding game using a Sphero robot, as well as delivery design and engineering programmes focused on Nike football boot design and stadium design, as well as teaching the importance of robotics in the 21st century.

The EFDN STEM Network wishes to engage EFDN members who are keen to start their own journey of STEM Education for their club and community and want to be part of an alliance that will drive change and impact across lives Europe.

Participation in the event is free of charge but places are limited. The event starts at 12.30 pm and ends at 4 pm. You can register for the event here

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