Technological skills are critical to continued innovation and can have profound effects on our business, communities, and even the sustainability of our planet. Our future competitiveness as an IT company depends on a pipeline of employees skilled in the STEM fields. The future well-being of society hinges on the availability of an educated workforce, paying long-term economic, human health and environmental dividends. And access to education is increasingly enabled through the implementation of information technologies such as cloud computing. For all of these reasons, STEM education was determined to be one of EMC’s top material factors.
In 2015, we supported primary and secondary education programs in 48 countries, 14 more than previous years.
EMC’s Education Footprint
Americas: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, United States and Venezuela
EMEA: Austria, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Mali, Moldova, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Spain, Tanzania, Turkey, UAE, Uganda, UK and Zambia
APJ: Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam
See the additional information below to learn more about the impact of some of our education partnerships in 2015.
Program Highlights Americas
VEX Robotics in Chile
In 2015, EMC partnered with Fundación Corazón de Chileno to bring the VEX robotics platform to Chile. Through this partnership, we provided funding for the creation of 34 new teams from disadvantaged schools. Teams competed at the Expo Tecno Joven and the winners will have an opportunity to participate in the VEX Robotics World Championships in 2016. EMC employee Mauro Ayala had the pleasure of speaking to the young people at the competition about the future of IT and the Internet of Things.
“When I finished my presentation at the Expo, I was able to ask the students for their thoughts on technology. They were very excited, and began explaining how they used the computer to program the robot, who was responsible for assembly, and who translated the English manual. The most amazing part was to see their faces and feel how happy they were, working together, mainly during hours after school and vacation.” -Mauro Ayla, EMC Systems Engineer
Program Highlights Asia Pacific & Japan
Dream Centers Open in China
In 2015, EMC launched five “Dream Centers” in schools located near EMC offices in Beijing, Yichang, Guangzhou and Chengdu. The Dream Center project promotes computer access and integrated learning for children from poor, rural areas by offering multi-media learning and teaching facilities, as well as Dream Course interaction in each center. Traditionally, these children would not have had access to a variety of education services – especially IT access, science and social skills learning – due to a shortage of qualified teachers and facilities in the disadvantaged schools. In 2015, approximately 3,000 children benefitted from the centers, and 5,000 children will be impacted from the project in the coming years.
This multi-year project also provided training for teachers on integrated learning and taught them methods for engaging students in 21st century skill subject areas. In addition to providing support for the facilities and trainings, employees helped to set up and decorate the colorful spaces. A group of volunteers visited one of the centers weekly to deliver the Dream Course curriculum while sharing their skills and knowledge as well.
“In the Dream Center, children have the chance to experience the power of technology, and to enjoy new learnings that they cannot access in their schools. EMC volunteers, together with the teachers in the school, are able to create a very exciting learning experience for these underserviced children. As a volunteer, as well as the project owner, I truly believe volunteers’ continuous engagement with the children will help them to realize their potential and benefit the children considerably in the future.” -Keke Chin, Social Engagement Manager, China
Program Highlights Europe, Middle East & Africa
Boole2School LaunchesIn 2015, EMC Ireland partnered with University College Cork (UCC) on Boole2School, a new initiative introducing students to the mathematics, logic and legacy of George Boole, the first Professor of Mathematics at UCC. On the day of the celebration, more than 70,000 students aged 8 to 18, from 47 different countries across the world, took part in Boolean Mathematics lessons taught in English, Irish and Mandarin. The lessons took the form of interactive puzzles using examples from popular games such as Minecraft and Candy Crush Saga.
“Boolean logic is at the heart of the video game and computer science, and engaging young pupils through a medium they understand and enjoy is an innovative way of encouraging STEM learning and promoting STEM careers. EMC is pleased to support this initiative, particularly as the Irish and global tech economies demand more graduates knowledgeable in technical subjects.” -Bob Savage, VP and MD of EMC Centers of Excellence EMEA
EMC’s Tsinghua University Professorship Program
EMC has partnered with Tsinghua University to bring international leading experts to conduct in-depth research and share their knowledge and experience with students. Professors delivered several lectures, taught short-termed courses, and conducted joint research with other teachers and students. Several of the professors also authored articles and papers, which have been presented in periodicals and forums.
As part of the program, Dr. Gao Guangrong guest lectured at the School of Computer Science and Technology at Tsinghua University. Dr. Gao arranged short-term international fellowships for several exemplary students including Zhu Xiaowei, who was invited to visit the University of Delaware in 2015.
During Zhu's visit, he participated in several STEM-related courses and had discussions with Dr. Gao. With guidance from the guest professor, Zhu programmed a single figure calculation system called GridGraph, which is proven to be five times more efficient than all current calculation systems. He also published a paper that was presented at USENIX ATC 2015, a major academic conference on computer systems, marking the first time that a student from Tsinghua University presented a paper at the esteemed global conference.