The Estonian Association of Technology Education in cooperation with Net Group carried out the Smart Technology Teacher competition, the winners of which were the teacher of Pärnu Tammsaare School Maire Kärner and the teacher of Kambja Ignatsi Jaak School Urmas Heinaste.
The victorious teachers were rewarded with an Ender 3 3D printer and an Arduino starter kit with Oomipood gift card for their schools.
“Technology teachers hold the key role in inspiring the youth and developing their technology skills. The Association of Technology Education finds it important to point out that we have cooperated with Net Group for years now and this time, it was possible to provide a small additional contribution to raising future talents of the field of technology,” said Head of the Estonian Association of Technology Education Mart Soobik.
CEO of Net Group OÜ Priit Kongo considers it important to spark an interest in technology in middle and secondary school pupils. “As an employer, Net Group can see that this creates a better foundation for later professional choices being made in favor of technology-related positions. Technology teachers hold a key role in inspiring the youth and forming and developing the basis for their technological skills,” said Kongo.
To take part in the Smart Technology Teacher competition, Estonian technology teachers had to write an essay and motivation letter of up to two pages, explaining how 3D printing can support the engineering interest of the middle school boys and girls of their school for the kids to go into engineering in the future.
For seven years now, the technology company Net Group has been boosting the years-long Smart Student Works competition of the Estonian Association of Technology Education, aiming to promote interest of the youth in technology and engineering and STEM studies. This year, the decision was mad to also acknowledge the best technology teachers and the Smart Technology Teacher competition was launched concurrently with the Smart Student Works competition.
The best authors of the Smart Student Works competition were declared on 5 June 2023. Read more about it HERE.