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Fostering STEM education and inspiring future generations
We’re doing our part to ensure everyone, at every age, is prepared for an increasingly digital future and that all young people have access to technical education to reach their potential.
Promoting technology education around the world
We organize and sponsor numerous initiatives to share our enthusiasm and expertise in technology.
Our activities range from STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and promotion, to tutoring young people who have fallen behind in their schooling. We focus on providing opportunities to inspire, educate and build confidence in embracing the digital future.
Our work in schools
Our STEM education program in schools features a number of hands-on, technology-based activities. In collaboration with enthusiastic educators and ASML employees, our technology promotion ambassadors host guest lessons and welcome pupils to ASML campuses.
In schools and universities, ASML host guest lectures to share knowledge and inspire future innovators. We also run the Hybrid Teaching Initiative. Employees swap the cleanroom for the classroom to teach technical subjects in schools and universities and support institutions in their drive for high quality education.
Van Gogh Museum and Van Gogh Brabant
We are also involved in several collaborative initiatives with our partners at Van Gogh Museum and Van Gogh Brabant. These initiatives include developing educational materials for schools on Van Gogh’s life and work, as well as the ‘Masterminds and Masterpieces’ program which challenges students to follow in Van Gogh’s footsteps by experimenting with color and light.
In both the US and the Netherlands, we are a proud sponsor of FIRST®, a global robotic community preparing young people for the future. FIRST inspires young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, inspire innovation, and foster self-confidence, communication and leadership. We sponsor several teams, as well as the regional and national finals of FIRST Lego League, as well as the FIRST Tech Challenge.
Curiosity, creativity and support
Many children in the Netherlands have fallen behind in education, and COVID-19 widened gaps in educational opportunity. Through the Equal Opportunities free tutoring program and in partnership with Center for Care and social enterprise Spectrum Brabant, we are tackling this inequity. Our employees support this program as voluntary tutors and are connected with school-aged children from their own community. Find out how to register (in Dutch).
Partnership with PSV soccer club
Together with our partners at PSV we promote STEM education among local school children. One of our joint activities is the PSV Brainport School Challenge (in Dutch), where we challenge primary school pupils to create ‘PSV in 2030: the club of the future’.
Dutch Technology Week
During this weeklong public event in the Brainport region, we promote enthusiasm and pride in technology to strengthen the Dutch high-tech sector. We participate in various events to inspire young people about technology and technological studies.
Welcome Online teaching program
Technology offers society many opportunities, but we want to make sure that no one is left behind in the digital transformation. Through the Welcome Online teaching program, we help older people to develop their digital skills.
Partnering to inspire and empower
We sponsor a train carriage at the Taiwan Railways of Popular Science Fair. In the past our carriage was themed as ‘Explore the Magic of Light’ and included specially-designed VR glasses and holographic projections, as well as a variety of mini DIY projects.
ASML China supports the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, which organizes the Shanghai Future Engineer Competition.
Supporting innovators and creators of the future
We support the Ocean Discovery Institute (ODI), whose mission is to use ocean science to empower young people. Through ODI, our employees participate in Q&A sessions for students to encourage them to grow their science knowledge. We also work with the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and participate in the Fleet’s Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering (BE WiSE) program, which provides STEM education to young girls in San Diego County. We have also supported the nonprofit Science Delivered, funding take-home STEM kits for students in lower socio-economic schools.
The ASML Foundation also supports educational programs for underserved young people that focus on building skills (including digital and technology) and addressing social issues.
Be part of our STEM education program
Want to get your school involved or know what events are coming up?
Get in touch with us to find out about upcoming events, or how your school could be involved in this program through sponsorship, by hosting a guest teacher or through a visit to ASML.
Request a guest lesson from ASML
These lessons are currently available only in the Netherlands. If you are a primary or secondary school teacher, you can complete this form to be part of our STEM education program.