Inspiring the Next Generation of Innovators

First Global STEM Alliance Summit Brings Together Students From Around the World

Published November 14, 2016

Inspiring the Next Generation of Innovators

At the end of July the New York Academy of Sciences hosted the first annual Global STEM Alliance Summit, which brought together more than 120 students from thirteen countries to gain skills, network, and interact with STEM leaders. Students from three Global STEM Alliance education programs—The Junior Academy, 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures, and Scientist-in-Residence, came together across continents and cultures to exchange ideas, discuss research, and investigate STEM careers.

At the Summit, the GSA also announced the winners of The Junior Academy's innovation challenges. Two teams of students were named winners for their outstanding work creating novel solutions addressing major challenges in low-resource locations.

The innovation challenges took place over sixty days, during which students in The Junior Academy, a virtual program that gives exceptional students from around the world the opportunity to enhance and apply their STEM skills, formed teams and worked with STEM professionals serving as expert mentors. Students worked together—across time zones and cultures—to develop innovative solutions to two specific challenges.