Objective:

RAISE gives access to secondary school students to internships within research laboratories and companies operating in the raw materials sector. RAISE tackles a career guidance demand originating within schools, making youngsters aware of the career opportunities in the field, offering them tools allowing an informed university studies engagement into raw materials related disciplines. Motivated pupils will have access to two or three week internships, focused on KIC thematic pillars.

The solution (technology):

Secondary schools pupils in the two last years of their schools’ curricula are faced with one of the most important choice of their lives: deciding on their role within society, identifying how they can contribute to the wealth of the community to which they belong, matching their expectations with their talents and with the opportunities offered to them by specific sectors of the world economy.

This choice ultimately corresponds to their choice of university studies. The process is often dream driven, sometimes neglecting unwelcome feedback from the real world. On the other hand, due to a vague knowledge or the bad reputation of apparently tough disciplines, youngsters are frequently not at all aware of how passionately and productively they may be involved in studies/professional activities dedicated to little-known sectors.

In this scenario, impulsive or uninformed choices may be taken, resulting in regrettable time-wasting decisions, future unproductive and frustrating studies, or a lack of valuable talents do to unconsidered opportunities.

This project is offering pupils a first but immersive direct contact with the raw materials sector, giving them a flavour of its real world in order to facilitate their informed and committed en­gagement into studies of raw materials related disciplines. The selected students, after following their internships, will provide a wide dissemination of RM sector work experience to their peers in their classrooms and schools.

Partners:

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Italy (Lead Partner)
Universita di Bologna, Italy
Bay Zoltan Nonprofit Ltd. for Applied Research, Hungary
ECODOM, Italy
Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, KTH (Royal Institute of Technology), Sweden
Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria
Relight S.R.L., Italy
Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, UPM (Technical University of Madrid), Spain
Università degli Studi di Milano – Bicocca (University of Milano- Bicocca), Italy