Support for Pupils and Students through Scholarships and Donations
By helping to prepare Croatia for a new wave of technological change, Hrvatski Telekom is making a significant contribution to the popularization of STEM knowledge and skills, and the application of modern technologies in all segments of life. One of the goals of HT's projects and cooperation with educational institutions is the exchange of STEM knowledge and practices. This means we are often able to facilitate participation by students in international projects during the initial years of their studies and we offer them scholarships or professional mentoring opportunities.
One of the highlights from last year is that HT donated HRK 300,000 to the Institute for Youth Development and Innovation of Youth (IRIM) for the project entitled "Advanced Internet of Things Technologies (IoT) in Croatian Schools". Over 100 schools throughout Croatia are participating in the project. As a result of the financial assistance provided by HT, Internet of Things (IoT) equipment is available for use in these schools. The basic prerequisites for training and encouraging pupils’ creativity in identifying smart IoT solutions have been met through the equipment provided and appropriate teacher training.
HT also supports students in various expert and sports competitions. We supported the team of the Croatian Robotics Society at the ROboCup international robotics competition in Canada, as well as MIOC students at the prestigious All-Star ACSL informatics competition in the United States. Students from Vinkovci High School were also supported at the WERcontest international competition for educational robotics in China, where they won the second place among 8,000 students in robot programming and testing. We supported FOI's students at the student STEM competition in knowledge and sports – STEM Games.
The most Renowned Robot in Croatia – Pepper
A special place in the promotion of STEM subjects is also held by our humanoid ambassador – robot Pepper – who plays a major part in HT's STEM program alongside her marketing role. Pepper promotes STEM subjects in elementary and high schools, and educates the young generation about the importance of digital skills of the future. Pepper was the first robot in Croatia to win the honorary title of robotics assistant in the class Robotics and the Future at Juraj Dobrila University in Pula. The robot gave her first interview on the opportunities offered by new technologies and supported the presentation of the Student Entrepreneur Incubator and the VISIO Science and Technology Institute.
She belongs to a more advanced generation of humanoid robots, speaks fluent Croatian, uses gestures, moves her hands and body, and likes to hug. She is 1.2m tall, weighs 30 kilos, and is equipped with 12 sensors, four microphones, two loudspeakers, and two cameras on her forehead and in her mouth.