Over the next three academic years, the Naturgy Foundation will collaborate on the GIRLS FIRST initiative from the Scientia Foundation, the organiser of the FIRST LEGO League in Spain. This international programme promotes science and technology among young children in order to encourage the creation of early professions in these knowledge areas.
This year, for the first time, it is encouraging the participation of teams consisting exclusively of girls aged between 10 and 16 years old. Eight of these female teams will have the Naturgy Foundation as their main collaborator and mentor, with the aim of developing projects related to innovation in the field of energy and within the theme of the challenge.
The groups, which will participate under the name “Efigy Girls”, are from the following schools: Colegio Las Acacias-Montecastelo, from Vigo (Pontevedra); IES Rego de Trabe, from Culleredo (A Coruña); María Inmaculada, from Madrid, and IES San Agustín del Guadalix, from San Agustín de Guadalix (Madrid); IES Ull del Vent, from La Bisbal del Penedès (Tarragona); Instituto Juan Manuel Zafra, from Barcelona; and IES San Vicente, from San Vicente del Raspeig (Alicante).
The energy company's foundation will collaborate with the centres, providing the material necessary to participate in the competition and offering training and advice from the professional experts at the company in order to develop the projects for the competition.
The managing director of the Naturgy Foundation, María Eugenia Coronado, noted “the importance of promoting technology among young children, and especially girls, where there is plenty of potential talent.” “From the private sector, we must contribute to young people’s passion for everything related to energy because we are faced with an enormous challenge to resolve this key aspect for the future of the planet, and many future professions will depend on this key sector,” she added.
Coronado also suggested that Efigy Girls projects are related to new energy technology applied to the futures of cities, which are “another of the great challenges for the planet, and one in which the next generations have a lot to offer”.