27th April 2023 is International Girls in ICT Day, a day of events designed to encourage more girls and young women across the world to pursue STEM* based education and ICT careers. To celebrate and show our support for this wonderful initiative, we’re sponsoring the World Robotic Olympiad (WRO) in India - the world’s largest robotics competition for school students aged 8 to 19. STEM-based education teaches children more than science and mathematics concepts. It focuses on hands-on learning with real-world applications and helps to develop a variety of skill sets, including creativity and 21st-century skills. And what could be more in line with that goal than designing and building a robot! The WRO® theme for 2023 is Connecting the World. So teams will learn about shipping logistics and the infrastructure for today’s digital technology. They will investigate how robots can help shipping and digital technology infrastructure be safer, more sustainable and more efficient. Working closely with the India Stem Foundation, our goal is to spread STEM awareness in underserved school students around Pune, India and show them the importance of STEM by helping them take part in the WRO national entrance test and regional heats. The project will directly engage between 800-1200 students across 20 schools around Pune and will indirectly target all the Grade 7-9 students at each school, making an impact on between 8000-10000 students in total. The project also presents a unique opportunity for Sensia employees who will meet and mentor students through WRO participation and STEM themed competitions and exhibitions. They’ll also provide specific training designed to help the students develop the programming, design and software skills required to succeed in ICT. As a digital transformation company that is committed to delivering a more sustainable future for all communities across the world, we’re truly excited to be involved in and see the results of this fantastic project. Watch out for future updates here. *STEM is an acronym that stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.