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TalentS is working to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education throughout Saudi Arabia. Saudi 12th graders recently ranked 37th out of 42 nations in the Trends in Math and Science Survey and just 3% of Saudi students perform to international math standards. To reverse the trend of poorly trained teachers who lack exposure to recent educational developments, Amr and Saeed founded TalentS in 2007. TalentS has developed creative, hands-on, and engaging methods for teaching STEM at robotics competitions and science fairs.
The entrepreneurs are now applying their expertise to additional STEM-related learning opportunities, including managing STEM museums, designing exhibits, organizing corporate social responsibility events, and training teachers and students. The company has received the backing of large corporations, public foundations, and private schools. Amr and Saeed have developed their in-house techniques in conjunction with premier global educational institutions.
The absence of any private management model for science centers and museums in Saudi Arabia makes TalentS well-positioned to seek contracts for STEM-related projects. The company earned a contract for US$20 million from King Abdullah City for Atomic & Renewable Energy to design the nation’s first sustainable energy science center, called Mishkat. Additionally, TalentS recently won a US$1 million contract to run STEM outreach programs for Saudi Aramco targeting 1,000 teachers and 2,000 students. As a culmination of their evolution of services, the entrepreneurs now seek funding for their own TalentS STEM-focused school for K-12.
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