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“#STEMpills for the lockdown” Isdefe’s campaign to promote an interest in science and technology in young people during the COVID-19 crisis

“#STEMpills for the lockdown” Isdefe’s campaign to promote an interest in science and technology in young people during the COVID-19 crisis

The children of Isdefe’s employees have been able to attend the webinar and training sessions organised by the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility unit, which are intended to promote an interest in science and technology in young people.

With a total of 310 families signed up, this campaign has broadcast six webinars, taught by the Isdefe volunteers who already took part in the “11 February Initiative – International Day of Women and Girls in Science”.

The structure of the webinars brought together the knowledge and volunteer spirit of Isdefe, making them available to employees and their families during the quarantine.

Three of the webinars had to do with space: “There’s room for everyone”, “The universe within reach” and “A trip through time, every day!”, hosted by Juan Cabrero, Beatriz María González and Rafael Romero respectively.

Juan Cabrero is a physicist whose job is to provide assistance to the National Institute of Aerospace Technology with project management and systems engineering, specialising in integrating space payloads and the testing of electro-optical assemblies. Beatriz María González has a PhD in astrophysics and has been working at the European Space Agency’s (ESA) European Space Astronomy Centre in Villafranca, and Rafa Romero is an industrial engineer at Isdefe who has been working at NASA’s Madrid Deep Space Communications Center (MDSCC) since 2001. The three are outstanding representatives of these three large space agencies – INTA, ESA and NASA – that Isdefe works with, and it was from them that the Isdefe families learned about the first Moon landing, what dark energy is and when we’ll go to Mars.

The webinars also provided a fantastic showcase of the various engineering disciplines and the other departments at Isdefe. Begoña Rojo, an industrial engineer in Isdefe’s Strategic Management Processes Department, who has been working for 17 years with the Defence Staff on topics involving defence planning, hosted #STEMPill 3 – Find out what an Isdefe engineer does, in which she described what engineers are, how they help us to improve the world and what Isdefe’s engineers do.

Esther de la Fuente Rabanal, an aeronautical engineer who’s been working for 21 years in Isdefe’s Transport and ICT Department, helping Enaire to define and evolve its SACTA air traffic control system, explained how and why aeroplanes fly in #STEMPill 4 – Shall we fly?

And Andrea Iglesias Broco, a telecommunications engineer in Isdefe’s Defence and Security Department, who for 13 years has been assisting the Air Force’s Logistical Support Command as part of the Surveillance, Command and Air Control Systems Section, explained what led her to become an engineer, her experience as one and she showed off some of the national and international projects she’s working on in the #STEMPill “I want to be an engineer when I grow up”.

This initiative has been so well received that the CSR unit of the Governance, Transparency and Quality Department has set a goal to continue this project in the future in order to promote an interest in science and technology, in the hope that it will encourage many to pursue careers in science.

#STEMPills for the lockdown” reinforces Isdefe’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda, as the company does its part to promote SDG 4: Quality Education, SDG 5: Gender Equality and SDG 9, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.