Junior Achievement Thailand today announced it is working with BlackBerry to kick off the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Innovation Camps, with 1,000 high-school students from 14 countries expected to compete. Supported by volunteer mentors from BlackBerry, the students will be tasked to come up with solutions to a variety of STEM related business challenges.

Aiming to motivate students aged 15-19 to consider STEM oriented careers, the Innovation Camps are an initiative developed through a collaboration between BlackBerry and JA-YE Europe.

The Innovation Camps help raise awareness among secondary school students of STEM related business challenges, showcase industry role models, and lead the way to showing that skills-based Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs have a vital role to play in the future of education and aligning curriculums with business needs.

During the Innovation Camps, the students can develop practical business skills and are encouraged to adopt entrepreneurial thinking. The events focus on fostering young people’s problem solving and innovation skills. Students are given a specific challenge to solve within a set period of time. The link between business and education helps students to develop skills that are relevant to the workplace and allows them to apply their academic learning to real life situations.

M.L. Pariyada Diskul, Acting Excutive Director of Junior Achievement Thailand said, “I think it will be a fantastic experience for the Thai students as this platform will open them to new ideas. The students will love the challenge as they will get to use their creative skills in coming up with new innovations.”.

“BlackBerry was built on innovation and is a strong supporter of science, engineering, technology and math in education. We are proud to support Junior Achievement as they engage young people and encourage them to think outside of the box,” said Renata Rusiniak, Manager, Citizenship at BlackBerry.

Students, mentored by volunteers from BlackBerry, may enter in teams to develop solutions related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. The winning team from Thailand will compete globally in an online final against the other national winning teams worldwide on June 13, 2013.

In Thailand, the STEM Innovation Camp will take place on February 20 at Triam Udom Alumni.