STEM Education Student University 2017Copyright: MINT-L4
This year as well, the STEM Education Student University took place in which seven interested senior grade students participated in STEM studies in education. The participants gathered first impressions into STEM-education in computer science, mathematics and physics.
For one week, the participants took the role of a teacher and dealt with a variety of contents of the three subjects. Furthermore, they developed learning stations in teamwork, which were tested with invited younger students.
The highlight of this Student University was a field trip which took place on the final day. Together with two Student University supervisors the participants went to the Continium in Kerkrade. There, the students witnessed how real professionals develop learning units and returned to taking the role of learners.
108th MNU-Federal Congress 2017 at RWTHCopyright: MNU
Thanks to intermediation of Prof. Heitzer by the competence centre MINT-L4 the 108th MNU-Federal Congress will be hosted by RWTH Aachen University at the new lecture hall centre “C.A.R.L. “ in April 2017.
STEM-GirlsDay 2017Copyright: MINT-L4
„It is blinking, beeping and moving- Improving the World through Technology“ this was the motto of this year‘s Girls’ Day, which was organized by the competence center MINT-L4@RWTH Aachen. Thirteen highly motivated girls participated in this Workshop and obtained an introduction to the subjects Chemistry, Physics and Computer Science.
The workshop started with Chemistry, where the girls grew a piezo crystal, which they were allowed to keep. Additionally, they got familiar with the structure of solid matter and learned how to draw their structure using their own artistic skills.
In physics, the girls constructed different circuits, where they used breadboards, LEDs, resistors and a battery as a current supply. They noticed quickly why they needed a resistor after the first LED blew up, smelled strange and did not light any more - it was burnt out! The girls took their circuits to the third part of the workshop, which was computer Science, in order to program them using a microcontroller. They quickly let the LEDs lighten up, blink and they even managed to control them using a small button. At the end, the girls got a piezoelectric signal generator, which consists of crystals similar to those they grew in the chemistry part of the workshop. The signal generator was not only programmed but also it was beeping.
Consulting Days 2017Copyright: MINT-L4
The Consulting Days took place from 31st January till 2ndFebruary at RWTH. The competence centre MINT-L4@RWTH took part in the Day of Natural Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, Geoscience, Medicine on Wednesday, 1st February.
The booth was addressed to pupils, who are interested studying a STEM-subject in lectureship. Due to that, there were information flyer for the subjects lectureship in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Phyics and Engineering. Moreover, a lot of presentations and lectures have made the Consulting Day very exciting and interesting. Both the lecture "Lehramt im MINT-Bereich" and the lecture "Was ist MINT-Didaktik?" were not only well-frequented, but gave an overview about contents and aspects about didactics and lectureships.
Next year we will be there again and look forward to seeing further interested pupils.
The Pupils-University STEM-lectureship: Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Engineering and Constructional Engineering 2016
The Pupils-University STEM-lectureship with the topic “Die Welt(en) erklären und gestalten“ has took place during the last summer holidays 2016 and gave eight pupils an understanding of the excited world of the STEM subjects.
Experiments were conducted in chemistry , in Engineering 3D materials were printed and in the Mathematics a new excited game was invented. The participants got to know the specialty of STEM-lectureship and could inspire younger pupils for STEM subjects.
Girl’s Day – the Girls Future Day
MINT-L4 offered the workshop “Es leuchtet, piepst und bewegt sich, mit Technik die Welt verbessern“ from the sections of Chemistry, Computer Science and Physics for STEM-interested pupils at the nationwide Girl’s Day on Thursday, 28th April 2016.
Funding for the project e Learning “Mathematik für Bauingenieure”
The project e-Learning “Mathematik für Bauingenieure” is now also being funded by means of RWTH Aachen Blended Learning.
Newsletter Computer Science
Here you can sign up for the newsletter of the computer science student laboratory.
Training for teachers in objectoriented programming with Java on 5th October
Attention to computer science teachers: On 5th October a training for teachers in object-oriented programming with Java will take place. More information can be found on the website.
iMPACt is international now
The school-university-project MathePlus (iMPACt) has now become international. iMPACt is one of the biggest projects of the centre and it is not only being applied at more than 40 German schools but also on foreign ones, including the Scuola Svizzera di Roma.
25th October 2014
A big training day for Mathematic teachers took place on 25th October 2015. More information can be found here.
10th / 11th February 2014
The experimental part of the annual training “Strahlenschutz“ in cooperation with the district government of Cologne takes place at RWTH Aachen University. In several stages, experiments to the topics radioactivity and roentgen radiation as well as interactive screen experiments are being conducted. More information can be found here.
31st January 2014
The centre MINT-L4 is awarded with the Brigitte-Gilles-Preis 2013 for “Projekte innerhalb der Hochschule, die schwerpunktmäßig auf die zukunftsorientierte Lehrerbildung und die damit enhergehende Mädchenförderung in den MINT-Fächern abziehen und damit langfristig Akzente setzen”. It includes a financial contribution of EUR 2.500.
The award presentation was part of the event “RWTHtransparent” on Friday, 31st January 2014.
29th January 2014
The centre was part of the Consulting Day with a booth and two lectures on 29th January 2014:
Mrs. Prof. Heinke: Lehramt im MINT-Bereich (11am, Fo5)
Mrs. Prof Heitzer: Was ist eigentlich MINT-Didaktik? (14pm, AS)
13th July 2013
For the first time the centre participates with a booth for STEM-lectureship candidates at the “Erstinfotag”.
25th June 2013
The inaugural event was a great success.
More than 150 guests visited the SuperC, enjoyed the inauguration and lectures and exchanged views about STEM-education at a variety of booths. New valuable cooperations and ideas for future work came along discussions. More
15th June 2013
Presentation of the centre at a teacher training for Mathematic teachers funded by a training institute in the Science College Overbach.
Participation of MINT-L4@RWTH at a constitutive session of AG Schulprojekte of RWTH
Introduction of MINT-L4@RWTH at the rectorate and foundation of the centre.
September till November 2012
Introduction of the initiative MINT-L4@RWTH to all subject departments, to the Dean’s office of faculty 1, to the board and councillorship of Lehrerbildungszentrum and in the equal opportunity commission of the RWTH.
Arrangements with cooperation partners, representatives of students and research assistants.
Since April 2012
Collaboration of didactics professorships and persons in power of teacher trainings of faculty 1 to prepare the foundation of an interdisciplinary centre in order to strengthen the STEM-education.