70 projects have been submitted within this year's competition, and, following the selection of top five finalists from each category, the Expert Panel has selected the best STEM projects in the categories Youth Education, Teacher/Professor Education, and Innovations which will be awarded with a total of HRK 700,000 by Hrvatski Telekom.
The project entitled HT-CAMPUS in the category of Youth Education has won HRK 200,000. It is a project developed by the Astronomical Society in Višnjan and a continuation of the last year’s project, whilst the idea behind it was to take pupils into scientific and technological premises where they would be given the opportunity to conduct research which cannot be conducted even in the best scholastic environments. The project is intended for ambitious pupils who will be motivated by acquisition of skills and knowledge about new techniques and technical skills, and it is also striving to raise the awareness about the importance of STEM literacy for life, irrespective of the occupation the pupils may select in the future.
In the Teacher/Professor Education category, the award worth HRK 300,000 has been granted to the Institute for Youth Development and Innovation for the project entitled Advanced Internet of Things Technologies in Croatian schools. This project is intended to donate the required equipment to all the involved institutions and implement both the basic and advanced training of mentors in 100 institutions throughout the Republic of Croatia. The training will be focused on the use of Internet of Things technologies in teaching, primarily in STEM subjects. It has been estimated that 1,000 both male and female pupils will be involved in the project through active professional development of mentors over the period of one academic year.
The project entitled The First Croatian Hydrogen Fuelling Station developed by the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture at the University of Zagreb has been declared the best in the category of Innovations. Its specific objective is installation of solar hydrogen fuelling station in Croatia. The idea behind the project is an ecological solution on the use of solar energy for production of alternative fuels or hydrogen for cleaner transport, which will reduce urban air pollution, as well as promote the quality of urban life.
Congratulations to all the winners!