In Mexico, for the past six years, we have sponsored teams of students from the SEED program to participate in national and international robotics tournaments. With the support of more than 100 volunteers and community teachers, we delivered 32 workshops to more than 3,900 students in over 60 different schools, helping them to participate in nine robotics tournaments.
Some of our other SEED activities across the globe include hosting after-school robotics workshops in Russia, equipping computer labs for coding classes in schools in rural India, developing STEM teacher training workshops in Ecuador, and running the PetroChallenge educational conference for high school students in Norway.
How is Schlumberger contributing to the educational advancement of women?
Empowering and upskilling women and girls to build their career is fundamental to building individual opportunity as well as contributing to economic growth.
While SEED takes a grassroots approach of encouraging girls to pursue STEM vocations, the Schlumberger Foundation’s Faculty for the Future program seeks to accelerate gender balance in STEM by awarding fellowships to women from developing economies to pursue advanced graduate studies in STEM subjects at top universities. As well as aligning with SDG 4, the program also aligns with SDG 5 (gender equality). Upon completion of their studies, the fellows are expected to return to their home countries to contribute to the economic, social, and technological advancement of their home regions. Since the program’s launch in 2004, 721 women from 80 countries have received fellowships at 276 universities.
Our community outreach events also have an important role to play in promoting positive female role models. For example, in the United States, the regional chapter of Connect Women, one of our global employee resource groups, is organizing STEM workshops and virtual mentorships for girls enrolled in the ChickTech: High School program, and in Brazil we are holding online sessions with students, and their teachers to discuss career opportunities for women in STEM.
What’s coming next in 2022?
We are currently re-imagining our lesson kits—known as SEEDKITs—for student workshops using STEM activities to focus on the challenges addressed by the SDGs. Students and teachers will identify and select a challenge related to the SDGs which is impacting their community, such as clean drinking water (clean water and sanitation—SDG 6) or sustainable power generation (affordable and clean energy—SDG 7). The SEEDKIT will supplement the student’s understanding of how STEM knowledge and skills can help them develop community action plans to solve the challenge.
We have a lot to do! And by partnering with local stakeholders, we can continue to deliver and facilitate STEM learning for young people and women, with the aim of inspiring the next generation to become agents of change in their communities to fuel a more sustainable future.
Learn more about SEED and other educational initiatives in our Sustainability Report.