n recent years, young people have started to show less and less interest in scientific careers and their performance in science, technology, engineering and mathematics has fallen.
They no longer see science education as a way to get ahead in life; paradoxically, it has become one of the factors perpetuating social inequalities.
These are worrisome trends. Our societies will clearly need researchers and engineers of the highest calibre if we are to step up to the challenges of sustainable development.
t the same time, Internet access has led to a revolution in online learning opportunities. Rather than imparting knowledge to our children in the conventional sense, today it is vitally important to help them “learn how to learn” so they can adapt to change, express their creativity and develop their capacity for critical thinking. In this respect, scientific experimentation and interdisciplinary studies are extremely important ways to develop the innovative potential of young people.
Thales is keen to encourage these new models of education, particularly in science and technology, to ensure that as many young people as possible are inspired by scientific subjects and taught how to look for innovative solutions and think creatively.
The Thales Foundation aims to give primary and secondary schoolchildren everywhere a scientific basis for the learning and experimentation that is key to their intellectual development, their freedom to choose fulfilling careers and their capacity for innovation. Thales can also help by providing additional skills from outside the school environment that will help teachers to meet these challenges.