The Martin-Luther-University

Extracurricular scientific STEM-education and integration in the ScienceCamp in Heide (Schleswig-Holstein, Germany)

Science is fun! Fifty young people, including twelve young refugees, from different schools in Schleswig-Holstein joined the ScienceCamp for one week: instead of sitting on the couch they were able to find their thirst to wonder, explore and discover - with a lot of fun.
How many balloons do you need to let a single-family house fly? How does our heart work and what happens in the operation room? How do we get energy out of wind turbines? These and many more questions were answered during the one-week ScienceCamp from 21th to 25th of august 2016 in Heide.
The idea for scientifically holiday camps was born in Halle (Saale). The camps were first organised by Prof. Martin Lindner and his crew with the aim to awaken interest and joy of students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This was done at the ScienceCamp 2016 through questions and issues from everyday life and a playful way of exploring and answering them in a self-organized way. Workshops of the camp in 2016 were:
  • GREEN ENERGY! What are renewable energies, how are different renewable technologies like wind turbines and solar panels working? And can they help to preserve the environment?
  • LETS FLY! How do gravity and air resistance influence flying objects? What makes airships, gliders, aeroplanes, helicopters and rockets fly?
  • HUMAN BODY! In which way are our organs working and interacting and how did scientists find out? The workshop included looks into the human body through (self-)experiments, dissections and the visit of an operation room.
The ScienceCamp combines scientific issues, modern educational approaches and autonomous, self-regulated and cooperative learning methods. Furthermore, we facilitated the participation of twelve young refugees from different home countries. This promoted the international exchange, helped to establish social and cultural understanding and also enabled the refugees to get in touch with scientific methods and German scientific terminology.
From our evaluations and experiences of the past years we are able to say that the ScienceCamp is the ideal place to learn different skills and contents in connection with a pleasant, stress-free and extraordinary experience. Inviting refugees enriched the ScienceCamp in many different ways by using new forms of communication, cultural and social exchange and a feeling of communality.
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Most international Science Camp ever in Halle/Germany

Science Camp in Halle/Germany goes very international this year: the fourth Science Camp in Halle was joined by 65 young people from 7 nations: Germany, Czech Republic, Turkey, Afghanistan, Syria, USA and Uzbekistan. By this it was the most international camp we ever conducted. The topics were "Renewable Energy", "The Human Body", "Water" and "Invading Species". The characteristic of this camp were: high activity of the participants, excursions to science and technology institutions, and - of course - social activities. Our special focus this year lies on integration of refugees form the middle east. The discussion with those young people were extremely fruitful and very, very interesting.
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First Science Tablet published

The first Science Tablets were published by student at public places. One tablet was designed for a shop for fisherman, where a large aquarium is placed. The interactive tablet shows the connection between the pollution of East African lakes and the cultivation of roses. The participants of the tablet-information were interviewed and the results were evaluated with scientific methods.
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Offspring of Science Camp in Bratislava

One of our participants of the Science Camp 2015 in Halle/Germany was in such a way convinced of that idea, that she convinced here university to conduct Science Camps in summer 2016. The first camps were overbooked in such a way that she organized a second camp a few weeks later. The colleague says: Now I have feelling that my work has meaning. - I got really perfect feedbacks from parents and children. Everyone wanna go next year again. And I have to say, that we didnt do this camp only for childer who likes science...there were problematic childrend, child with ADHD, child with autism and everyone was happy. And this is for me the most. It was better than I hoped.
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Holiday Camps in Halle and Heide, Germany 2015

In Germany two Holiday Camps took place in different regions for five days. At first in Halle (3.8.-7.8.) with German and Turkish students, which arrived from Ankara. The topics in Halle were “BIO food – is BIO really better?”, “Green Aliens – invasive neophyts” and “wilderness”. In Heide the participants could choose also three workshops: “BIO – is BIO really better?”, “Renewable Energy” and “Flying”. 13-18 years old kids did research regarding these different topics, included were experiments and field trips.
For evaluation a questionnaire was used. It focused on self-efficacy, interest in science and maths, dimensions of nature of science and elements of science camp (atmosphere, topics, staff…). At the beginning and at the end of the Camp the participants fill out the questionnaire.
The evaluation of data resulted in no changes regarding to the interest, the understanding of nature of science and self-efficacy. Also the Czech team used the 3A-method to evaluate the Science Camp in Halle.
More information about the science camps on this website: http://www.camps.uni-halle.de/
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Online Games

The team of the Martin-Luther-University focus on the online game LandYOUs. LandYOUs makes sustainability a subject of discussion. The players are in a position of a governor with rights to govern land use of an entrusted country. They have to decide if they invest in education, urban development, agriculture, forestry or national parks. If the environmental quality is bad or the population of the country is satisfied, the players will lose the game. The game is available in German, English, Czech and Russian. (http://apps.giscame.com/glues/)

Interactive Screens

Since October 2015 the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg work with students on concepts for interactive screens/tablets. Last year several students created a presentation about stinging nettles. The topic was chosen by the public. This year two groups of students are working on presentations about bees and sustainability and the naivasha sea in Kenya. One screen will exhibit at a local fishing shop and the other screen at a public place (market place, botanical garden, zoo…). For evaluation the students will use questionnaires. The results will be uploaded here.
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Project Course

For one semester, the pre-service teachers were engaged in the preparation, implementation and evaluation of school student-projects. The aim of the seminar was that the students should prepare the projects relatively open to allow school students an independent way of working. Again, in many projects the focus was on the creation of an individual research question based on the materials. The evaluation aimed the quality of the projects.
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Coordinating Institution

Partner Institutions

The Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg

The Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg

P.J. Šafarik University in Kosice

P.J. Šafarik University in Kosice
Faculty of Science

Univerzita Karlova v Praze

Univerzita Karlova v Praze

Center for the Promotion of Science

Center for the Promotion of Science

Klett MINT

Klett MINT


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