Science on Stage Germany initiated a project to build up long-lasting cooperation between STEM teachers and scientists. Natural scientists and local science teachers do research together on current scientific topics. The teachers transfer the knowledge into school lessons.
Through the collaboration, educators have the chance to gain insights in fields of study of universities and research institutes. They are able to transfer the newly acquired knowledge in class for their students and to develop teaching material. Scientists profit from the exchange for their scientific communication.
For a start, there will be four regional teachers and scientists collaborations in Germany from 2014 on. The aim is to internationalize the cooperative work in further countries in the future.
In 2017 Science on Stage Germany will publish 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 is conducted in cooperation with Stiftung Jugend forscht e. V.
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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.Results and distribution
Students profit from the gained experiences: Through the introduction into current scientific issues they are encouraged to do their own research as well as be fascinated by STEM subjects through the relevance for practice and everyday life.
After a three-year start-up phase there will be a guidebook published in 2017 by Science on Stage and be distributed nationwide. It will contain teaching units as well as information for the establishment of such cooperation projects.
Furthermore, the participants will share the results during teacher trainings and symposiums to motivate other teachers and scientific institutions to build up such cooperations. After three years the collaborations in the regions should be continued independently.Cooperations
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