Our electric partner: STEK
The Centre for Electrical Engineering and Energy Efficiency STEK and the Finnish Science Centre Heureka have been partners for a long time. Their partnership objectives are aligned: to create opportunities for children to discover the joy of science. To this end, Heureka provides new experiences while STEK offers teaching materials that help spark interest in electricity and energy in schools and science clubs. STEK’s support helps to bring mobile Pop-up science show tours to schools and to enable large numbers of elementary school students in the Uusimaa region to visit Heureka. The Electric City exhibition is realised as a part of the multi-year collaborative project by the Centre for Electrical Engineering and Energy Efficiency STEK and Heureka.
“Our cooperation is also closely linked to STEK’s objective to secure the availability of the workforce for the parties represented by our member associations and for the electricity sector in the future. We believe that the interest in the sector should be sparked at a very early age, so that a young person could consider the electricity and energy sector as a potential educational and career choice. The fewer opportunities there are to become interested in technology, for example, the higher the threshold to see the sector as a potential career choice,” says Kirsi Gimishanov, Communications Manager at STEK.
“Our cooperation has been very fruitful, smooth and fun. Partners also find your inspirers very inspiring. The format of our partnership so far has, from time to time, transformed into something completely new, and we believe we will also continue to discover new possibilities in the future. We reach, and want to reach, teachers in particular, and through them, schoolchildren, children and young people. However, there are many factors that impact the future educational paths of young people, including their parents. Boosting the parents’ interest in science a bit as well is not a bad thing either,” says Kirsi.