“Armath” is a youth engineering laboratory for 10-18-year-old children that enables the rising generation gain engineering skills, specifically in programming, 2D and 3D modeling as well as in robotics. Since 2014 the Union of Information Technology Enterprises (UITE) has established more than 225 laboratories all over Armenia. 90% of them are located in the rural regions of Armenia. Currently more than 5000 children are involved in the project and have the opportunity to get free primary engineering education.
The project, with its expected wide-ranging social-economic impact, is linked to the national strategies of national security, economic development and education. The most important results, expected from the implementation of the project, are the stimulation of technological education in the country, the expansion of technological employment, and the establishment of additional economic activity both in the area of advanced technologies and the adjacent sectors.
It is noteworthy, that besides the mentioned economic consequences, the project stands out thanks to its large impact on the social values. It is expected that an educational system of this kind will lead to a shift in the social values of the young due to a change in mentality and creativity.
The project stands out due to its wide-ranging social-economic impact. The main impacts are: Professional orientation towards engineering profession
Workforce with new quality/technical education: the educational program of the engineering clubs guarantees that the graduates of the clubs (without graduating from a university) will be armed with an appropriate technical knowledge when entering the labor market. Transformation of the “role model” in the society: new jobs created as a result of the program implementation, high salaries, and perspectives of development will show the young generation the opportunities to achieve success with the help of education and own intellectual capacity. Additional economic activity.
Development of the adjacent sectors: the increasing economic activity in the technological sector will inevitably develop adjacent sectors. The experience of various economies in the world shows that 1 new workplace, created in the technological sector, creates up to 6-7 new workplaces in the adjacent sectors.
The global developments show that during the upcoming 10 years around 800 job types will be diminished due to automatisation, and new jobs will be demanded in the fields of robotics, artificial intelligence, innovative materials, biotechnologies, genomics and other technical sectors. Therefore, the developed countries are heavily investing in the educational programs to match the abovementioned developments. All the countries with the best NRI index combine a clear policy for the development of science, technology, engineering specializations and mathematical potential as the main path of knowledge-based economy development.
In particular, the European Schoolnet organization, established by the Ministries of Education of 31 European countries, has launched a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program, with a primary goal to create a base of future professionals for science and technology development. Thus, at the heart of continuous development and prosperity, the leaders of technologically advanced countries attach high importance to the implementation of technical and non-traditional math education in school curricula. The “Armath” project totally meets the requirements of global developments.
The educational method and program of the engineering labs and robotics clubs allow people with limited abilities to learn and use the programs and equipment without any inconvenience or difficulty. Also, the fact that this methodology is useful to them, especially the importance of developing motoric capabilities, results in a positive feeling of achievement and success. In addition, the engineering clubs bring together people of similar interests. This is a good stimulus for active and effective socializing as well as to encourage students develop team working skills. People with limited abilities very often have problems with professional orientation. According to the survey the 30% of kids in Armath laboratories are girls, because the methodology and equipment give the opportunity to kids with various interests to be involved in the labs.
According to the survey conducted by Grant Thornton independent consulting organization 84% of “Armath” graduates in Armenia have been enrolled in the Universities, 82% out of them - in natural sciences, IT and technical specialties.
At the same time, 39% of the respondents are being employed and study in the Universities at the same time, only 4% are being only employed.
45% of employed people are involved in programming, 12% have set up own startups, another 29% are involved in other jobs offered by IT sector, and the rest is involved in engineering and technical work. Thus, 43% of the "Armath" graduates have been employed or started their own startups in IT sector or technical field. And 37% of the students are potential IT workers after graduation of Higher Education Institutions.
“Armath” Engineering Laboratories won the “Sustainable Growth” nomination at WITSA Global Excellence Award ceremony.
Armath Engineering Laboratories
3rd Floor, INDU collage campus,
Nr. Avdhut fatak, Manjalpur Vadoara
Manajalpur, Vadodara,Gujarat - 390011