ASML is the world's leading provider of lithography systems for the semiconductor industry. Headquartered in Veldhoven, the Netherlands, ASML employs more than 7,000 people.
ASML supports many initiatives to inspire young people to study technology, both in the Netherlands and Belgium as well as in the United States. We help build relationships between the technology industry and schools, develop educational materials, participate in school events and, importantly, give guest lessons and organize excursions to ASML. These programs are aimed at children aged from 11 to 18 years on all education levels. In the Netherlands there are over 120 employees who, on a regular basis, donate their time and creativity to the educational programs, for example by developing teaching materials, giving guest lessons and participating in both internal and external events. Similarly, in the USA, there are over 35 employees lending their time and efforts to the programs.
Wherever we can, we join forces with other companies and organizations so that we can be as effective as possible and reach more children. By cooperating with other technology companies and organizations we can also share teaching materials.
In the Netherlands, ASML is a member of Jet Net (Youth and Technology Network Netherlands), a national organization backed by the Dutch government, which is a joint venture between Dutch companies and pre-college schools. Jet-Net member companies help schools enhance the appeal of their science curriculum by using a variety of activities and also allow students to gain a better understanding of their future career prospects in industry and technology. As part of the network, ASML has a partnership with two regional high schools in the Eindhoven area. Together we organize workshops, guest lessons and events.
In collaboration with several regional companies, Jet Net and the Technical University Eindhoven, we organized the Jet Net Career Days, inviting 1,200 high school students. Thirty regional companies participated and the students attended workshops covering many areas of technology. With the same partners ASML also organizes an annual Teachers' Day for teachers of technical subjects.
In 2011, a total of 843 students, divided across 29 groups ranging in age from 11 to 18 years, visited ASML. Several groups of teachers also visited ASML for a workshop on technology.
ASML also participated in the High Tech Room program, an initiative of the city of Eindhoven in which high-potential high school students participate in projects and visit several high-tech companies.
Because the percentage of girls in technical studies is still very low, special attention is given to this category of students. In 2011, ASML participated in the Dutch national Girls' Day, an initiative specifically aimed at girls and technology. ASML organized a so-called mother-daughter day for female employees and their daughters and for partners of ASML employees and their daughters. Nearly 700 women participated in this day of workshops and science shows, covering a wide range of technologies, from chemistry, optics and electronics to technology used in hospitals. Many foundations, companies and non-profit organizations participated in the Girls' Day.
ASML is also a partner of Photonics Explorer, a European Union initiative to equip secondary schools with free, up-to-date and exciting information about working with light. The program is being rolled out in the Netherlands together with Jet Net.
ASML is involved in the Regional Center of Excellence (RCE) Rhine-Meuse program. This program is an initiative of the United Nations University, which is a part of UNESCO. The educational program of RCE focuses on sustainable development. Both of ASML’s partner schools in the Veldhoven region, as well as Jet Net, now also participate in the program.
ASML is a member of Brainport Development, a network of technology companies in the Eindhoven area supported by educational institutions and local and national governments. Its main purpose is to attract some of the world’s best technological talents to the region and promote cooperation between the educational sector and the technology industry. Together with Brainport, we run the Engineer in the Classroom program. In 2011, more than 400 grade school children (aged 11 to 13 years) and over 20 ASML employees participated in the program.
Other examples of educational programs ASML has participated in are the Bizworld program and a debating contest. In the Bizworld program, children aged 11 to 13 ‘run’ their own businesses. Six ASML employees, mainly from finance and administration, gave guest lessons and guided the children in the process. ASML also hosted an annual debating contest between several high schools. This debating contest is part of a national competition and one of our board members is chairman of the jury. The subjects under debate are related to technology and society.
In 2011, a major step was taken to extend our educational activities to the United States. In Tempe, Arizona, there are more than 18 ASML volunteers involved in educational activities; in Wilton, Connecticut, more than 10 and in Hillsboro, Oregon, more than seven. The Tempe office has a partnership with local schools, both a grade school and a middle school, where we give guest lessons every three months. So far more than 700 children have participated in the guest lessons and nearly 200 children visited the Tempe office for a program of technology workshops. The program will be extended to other places in the United States in 2012 and will be introduced in selected countries in Asia.
Nov 2011 – Gililland Middle School – 7th Grade, ~350 students participated
Seven ASML employees spent a day at the school and gave the seventh grade students a lesson on technology (what it is and its role in our daily lives) and on chips (what they are and how they are made). The lesson concluded with the students building small hovercrafts out of CDs, balloons, bottle caps and tape to demonstrate air stages. A few students from each session got to try on clean room suits.
Dec 2011 – Gililland Middle School – 8th Grade, ~350 students participated
ASML returned to Gililland again in December to meet with the eighth grade class. Seven employees taught the students about experiments and statistics, how they are used by companies and their importance in creating better products. The students worked through a staticopter experiment, where they were tasked to build a paper helicopter from a template and stay airborne for more than three seconds. The students were allowed to manipulate only three variables on their copters to develop the best results.
ASML collaborates with a number of universities and research institutes to contribute to maintaining a strong knowledge infrastructure in the semiconductor field and generate new ideas on how to improve our products and processes. For more information on our collaboration with academic institutions, see the section ‘Open innovation’ in the chapter ‘Sustainable products’.
Some of our educational activities are conducted under the umbrella of our community involvement programs. For more information on these local educational activities, see the section ‘Community involvement’ in this chapter.