Portfolio Portfolio The Little Engineer TLE empowers Lebanese children through providing innovative robotics and STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Facts & Figures Read more Location: Beirut, Lebanon Alfanar Investee Since: 2017 Total Alfanar Investment: £35,827 Social Impact: 845 public school students, aged 11-18 Website: www.thelittleengineer.com SDGs: The Challenge STEM education remains weak inside Lebanese public schools and expensive to source outside. With ever more pressure being placed on the public-school system in Lebanon, both due to the ongoing economic crisis and the influx of a huge refugee population as a result of the Syrian conflict, this situation is highly unlikely to change. As a result of this, the Lebanese education system will continue to produce insufficient numbers of well-educated STEM pupils, at a time when their skills are more valuable than ever, risking long-term hindrance of growth in the Lebanese technology sector and wider Lebanese economy. The Organisation TLE is an award-winning education company launched in 2009 to unleash the potential of young minds, aged 6 to 18, in STEM. This is achieved through customised hands-on learning activities and courses that supplement traditional learning. Through their programmes, they hope to support the growth of interest in STEM subjects among the Lebanese youth, and ultimately drive future growth of the STEM sector in Lebanon. What has been Achieved with Alfanar's Support Alfanar is helping TLE deploy its innovative STEM workshops in robotics and renewable energy with Grade 7 to 12 public-school students. TLE have also worked with Alfanar to develop a partnership with the Red Cross, where their workshops will not only develop awareness of robotics and similar technology, but will also encourage volunteering with the Red Cross. Looking Ahead TLE is still within pilot investment and it is iterating different deployment strategies of its workshops.