Teacher & Scientists

Science on Stage Germany initiated a project to build up long-lasting cooperation between STEM teachers and scientists. Natural scientists and local science teachers did research together on current scientific topics. The teachers transfered the knowledge into school lessons.

Through the collaboration, educators had the chance to gain insights in fields of study of universities and research institutes. They were able to transfer the newly acquired knowledge in class for their students and to develop teaching material. Scientists benefited from the exchange for their scientific communication.

For a start, there were four regional teachers and scientists collaborations in Germany from 2014 on. The aim was to internationalise the cooperative work in further countries in the future.

In 2017 Science on Stage Germany published a guideline about how collaborations between teachers and scientists can be established and maintained as well as teaching material based on the results from the regional cooperations. The project was conducted in cooperation with Stiftung Jugend forscht e. V.

There are numerous forms of cooperation which give students the chance to do research. In our project Teachers and Scientists for the first time teachers are the focus and are involved in professional research. The aim of Science on Stage Germany and the foundation Jugend forscht e. V. is to improve science teaching and to encourage more schoolchildren to consider a career in science or engineering.

  • Aachen: Einhard-Gymansium, Uniklinik RWTH Aachen, Institute of Human Genetics - topics: human genetics, epigenetics.
  • Berlin: Andreas-Gymnasium, Robert-Havemann-Gymansium, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine - topics: health and nutrition.
  • Bielefeld: Widukind-Gymnasium Enger, Gesamtschule Hüllhorst, Gymnasium Heepen, Department of Experimental & Systems Ecology/Bielefeld University, University of Applied Science Bielefeld - topics: sensors, mycorrhiza, particle physics, robotics.
  • Osnabrück: Ursulaschule, Osnabrück University of Applied Science, Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science - topic: simulation of predator-prey equations
  • Heidelberg: German Cancer Research Center in cooperation with HBLA Ursprung (Austria)
  • Helga Fenz: biology teacher, Robert-Havemann-Gymnasium Berlin, Life Science Learning Lab 'Gläsernes Labor' Berlin-Buch, main coordinator
  • Dr Tom Steinlein: Department of Experimental & Systems Ecology, Bielefeld University
  • Christian Karus: chemistry teacher, Andreas-Vesalius-Gymnasium Wesel
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