Launch of Sci-Tech Challenge 2015-2016

Brussels, Belgium, 07 September 2015

With the start of the new school year, a new round of the Sci-Tech Challenge has started. From this year, the Sci-Tch Challenge is running in ten European countries. More than 5,000 students will be exposed to information, knowledge, and hands-on experience in the STEM and energy field. ExxonMobil volunteers serve as role models for transferring knowledge about the transversal skills of STEM education to career development in the energy field.

This programme enables young people to:

  • Understand how to bring an idea to life 
  • Stimulate young people’s innate innovative abilities and creative ideas
  • Encourage young people to work well in teams in order to solve a real problem
  • Bring young people into contact with employees from ExxonMobil in order to learn more about what companies and organisations do and the challenges they face
  • Give students a learning experience that they would not otherwise have at their age 
  • Motivate students to succeed and achieve new things

By helping in developing STEM skills and competences, the Sci-Tech Challenge enable students to: 

  • Be able to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of an idea 
  • Be able to understand how to make the idea a reality 
  • Be able to understand how education and business can work together to promote innovation and creativity as well as motivate and inspire young people
  • Be able to demonstrate how leveraging Europe’s diversity (involving young people from different countries, for example) enhances innovation
  • Be aware of the variety of skills required within an energy company


About JA Europe

JA Europe ( aims to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. JA Europe is Europe’s largest provider of entrepreneurship education programmes, reaching 3.2 million students in 39 countries in 2014.Funded by businesses, institutions, foundations and individuals, JA Europe brings the public and private sectors together to provide young people in primary and secondary schools and early university with experiences that promote the skills, understanding and perspective that they will need to succeed in a global economy. The JA Europe Company Programme is recognised by the European Commission Enterprise Directorate General as a ‘Best Practice in Entrepreneurship Education’. JA Europe is the European Regional Operating Center for JA Worldwide®

About ExxonMobil

ExxonMobil, the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, uses technology and innovation to help meet the world’s growing energy needs. ExxonMobil holds an industry-leading inventory of resources and is one of the world’s largest integrated refiners, marketers of petroleum products and chemical manufacturers. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter

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