MINT region

MINT National Park Region Hunsrück-Hochwald plus

MINT region award ceremony
Award as MINT National Park Region (from left): Jury speaker Prof. Dr. Gabriele Hornung, Prof. Dr. Naumann, Minister of Economy Dr. Volker Wissing, Lara Hoffmann (UCB), Minister of Education Dr. Stefanie Hubig, Christian Hingst (Ministry of Science) and Prof. Dr. Gollmer | Photographer: Peter Pulkowski

The aim of the MINT National Park Region Hunsrück-Hochwald plus is to bundle the existing competences in the field of STEM education and to strengthen the associated network. In numerous projects, those involved in the project are already addressing students with various events - at schools themselves, in companies, at municipalities and at the Birkenfeld Environment Campus at Trier University of Applied Sciences - on STEM-specific topics, including workshops on topics such as 3D printing, programming, sustainability, recycling and construction as well as hackathons. A disadvantage of the existing activities is that developed offers are only partially networked throughout the region and, in addition, are only possible for university projects within the funding period of the respective third-party funded projects.

In order to be able to reach school students in the region in the long term, the project participants plan to bring together all the offers that have already been implemented, established and evaluated, and to pass on content and methods to teachers, trainers and, in general, multipliers in the extended national park region. At the same time, everyone should be trained in a kind of “train-the-trainer” constellation in the implementation of STEM workshops, so that the content conveyed can find its way into practical teaching and training in the long term and free offers are also possible. For this purpose, individual workshops for teachers should initially be offered at the cooperating schools. In a further step, the project team plans to organize a conference during which further workshops of the portfolio to be created can be attended. At the same time, the conference serves as a network meeting, in which not only teachers, but in particular school students, students and regional (training) companies come together to get to know each other. In addition to teacher training, the aim of this event is to create a networking platform where companies can find specialists and learners for future internships and / or jobs. This is also intended to counteract the rural exodus from the structurally weaker Birkenfeld National Park region and the existing shortage of skilled workers, particularly in STEM related industries.

Consortium Trier University of Applied Sciences (Environmental Campus Birkenfeld), Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park, Birkenfeld district administration, Regionalentwicklung Hunsrück-Hochwald e. V., RSplus and FOS Birkenfeld, Gymnasium Birkenfeld, HOWATHERM Klimatechnik GmbH, Rhenocoll-Werk e. K., Theo Steil GmbH, Association of Sanitary, Heating and Air Conditioning Technology Rhineland-Rhine Hesse, Employment Agency Bad Kreuznach, Chamber of Crafts Koblenz, IHK Koblenz,WasserWissensWerk, Naturpark Saar Hunsrück e.V., VG Lauterecken/Wolfstein and Kalbbergwerk, Disibod-Realschule plus Bad Sobernheim, Integrierte Gesamtschule Morbach, Realschule plus and technical secondary school Lauterecken/Wolfstein
Duration April 2020 - December 2021
Funded by Ministry of Science and Health Rhineland-Palatinate, Ministry of Economy, Transport, Agriculture and Viticulture in the MINT Regions Rhineland-Palatinate competition
Funding amount € 30,000

Project management at Trier University of Applied Sciences:

Prof. Dr. Stefan Naumann
Prof. Dr. Stefan Naumann, Dipl.-Inform.
Professor FB Umweltplanung/Umwelttechnik - FR Informatik


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