Every year the Thales Foundation holds a call for projects, to offer the opportunity to employees involved in an association to receive financing from the Foundation for a project of their choice. In 2018, seven impactful projects were chosen based on a series of specific criteria, ensuring the projects were innovative, replicable and were acting within the specific areas of intervention of the Foundation: innovative education, natural disaster prevention and preparedness and science education. Here is a quick review of the projects and their results for 2018.
65 young students in Siem Reap and surrounding villages (Cambodia) were able to benefit from computer classes during their school day. With the construction of a computer classroom, the hiring of a professor, electricity to power the computers via solar panels and the construction of the courses themselves, the school has made basic computer skills a part of their permanent lesson plans for elementary school children.
150 hospitalised children in the Paris (France) region benefitted from applied courses in physics, chemistry and other sciences during their long hospital stays. A special laboratory was created within the Bullion hospital walls to allow the children to conduct hands-on experiments as well as “sciences suitcases” for six regional hospitals. 190 courses were given in 2018, either individually or in groups, allowing the children to stay ahead of their schoolwork and facilitate their transition to normal schooling after returning home.
In Madrid (Spain), 431 students participated in the “Zone Futuro” challenge where they could exchange questions with seven Thales engineers in fast-paced live chats which aimed to expose them to the world of STEM*. This chatroom is part of a larger website which raises aspirations about science & technology, 2,400 students visited the site from around the world. At the end of the program, 75% of the students who participated in the challenge said they would be interested in pursuing a career in STEM.
50 students from two 5th grade classes in priority education areas in Chatenay Malabry (France) participated in a robotics challenge. At the end of the program, they had the opportunity to present their work at a science forum among the other participants. This unique and entertaining challenge aimed to raise their awareness of innovation, programming and give them an introduction to professions in engineering.
In Occitanie (France) 250 middle school students interacted in a role playing game which proposes a cultural approach to scientific and technical professions by placing each profession in a field of application. The programme comes in the form of a “digital careers toolbox” where students will play the role of different professionals and work together to recreate the entire chain of professions in the field in question, from designing and manufacturing a given product or item.
406 children and scouts in Kathmandu (Nepal) participated in disaster resilience training which teaches them specific skills needed in order to react safely to natural disaster threats. The programme lasted several days, with 10 trainings in 6 different villages in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur. The training consisted of teaching the children basic first aid, search and rescue techniques, evacuation procedures and the warning signs of illnesses like altitude sickness.
In Chamarajanagar Taluk (State of Karnataka, India) 1,000 students and 200 adults were able to participate in a programme of raising awareness about how to build a sustainable environment. The students benefitted from courses on the Sustainable Development Goals** as well as scientific training on forest and water conservation techniques. The programme was launched in 10 schools in the Amachavadi village where over 25 000 trees were planted.
*STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics
**Sustainable Development Goals = an initiative launched by the UN to create a better world for all by 2030. Learn more here.
Learn more about the all of the 2018 projects.
The next call for projects will be launched in the second semester of 2019.