GENERATION NEXT IS A STEM SKILLS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM FOR TEENAGERS, WITH FREE ACCESS TO NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND SCIENCE.
The project focuses on the digital, educational platform Generation Next. Students, teachers, and parents can explore its educational content, while both schools and other educational institutions have the opportunity to make the most of it by adapting it to their curricula. Arduino, App Development, Internet of Things are just some of the themes that students will get to know through the platform, and they have a series of videos with DYI activities to start experimenting.
In addition, the program includes the organization of 10-week extracurricular STEM workshops, the provision of equipment to schools to support STEM activities, and a mobile educational game of knowledge and exploration around astronomy, "The Moondiver Xperience".
At the same time, students from all over Greece have the opportunity to participate in the pan-Hellenic competition of Generation Next. In this competition, teenagers are invited to identify a problem of their local community, and then, by utilizing their knowledge, to create a construction to solve it, by participating in a unique, hands-on learning experience.
Generation Next (formerly STEMpowering Youth) is implemented by SciCo since 2017, with the academic contribution of Ellinogermaniki Agogi and the support of the Vodafone Foundation.
Every year, the response grows bigger, as more than 289 innovative projects have been created throughout Greece. From the beginning of the program until January 2020, thousands of students and dozens of teachers from 93 schools and educational organizations were trained, whereas the program managed to travel to 82 regions of the country, including remote areas and islands.
Generation Next has stood out for its substantial impact on Greek society as a tool for empowering young people, winning a significant award in 2019, the Sustainable Success Award, as part of the internationally recognized Mariano Gago Ecsite Awards.
The program has been approved in the past for its educational content by Open Schools for Open Societies - OSOS, which is coordinated by the Institute for Education Policy (IEP).