Statoil has sponsor agreements with the Science Centre of Northern Norway and Nordland county municipality totalling nearly NOK 16 million.
Children involved in science.
The money for the county municipality will be used to build six new Newton energy rooms in Nordland. The rooms will be located so that as many young people as possible in the target group will have access to them. The sponsor agreements were signed during the spring of 2011 and will last three years.
Statoil will also be the main contributor to the Science Centre of Northern Norway in Tromsø. The science centre is a regional centre for Northern Norway that focuses on natural science and technology based on Northern Norway’s nature, industry and research.
”We are very excited to be able to contribute to increased science expertise in Northern Norway,” says Anita A. Stenhaug, director of Statoil’s office in Harstad. The objective of the agreements is to increase interest in science, mathematics and technology in the north.
There is a need for more young people to choose science due to new discoveries and increased activity in the north. Statoil’s efforts within research and education are considerable, and the agreements with the Science Centre of Northern Norway and Nordland county municipality are measures in Statoil’s national commitment to science, Stenhaug says.
”The world faces significant challenges, and we need highly specialised experts to solve them. This is why Statoil has placed such emphasis on supporting tomorrow’s heroes within research and education,” Stenhaug says.
Anna Valle Høivaag is testing out how a robot works.
She hopes the efforts will help inspire many of tomorrow’s heroes within research and development.
Trud Berg, chief county executive for education in Nordland, agrees.
“These Engia rooms will add another dimension to the teaching. I am certain the young people in Nordland will benefit from this science boost, Berg says.
Isle Engia in Newton rooms
Newton is a national concept rooted in the Norwegian Directorate of Education and Training. It has been developed over the course of several years by FIRST Scandinavia in cooperation with resource persons from schools and the industry.
In the Newton rooms, the students will become part of a research team on Isle Engia.
“During the course of two days they will act as responsible environmental experts, deal with environmental terrorism, produce electric energy and prepare a report that solves the energy challenges of the future, Berg says.