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Free University of Berlin

Good practice case studies from Germany

“Ada-Lovelace-Project” mentoring network

Women are still underrepresented in science and technology studies in European universities. The Ada Lovelace Project offers long–term mentoring to girls interested in natural sciences and technology. Female scientists act as role models of successful science careers.

The Ada Lovelace project is an established and successful REC in offering a comprehensive care of pupils, a training of mentors and a strengthening of gender mainstreaming in science and technology.

Ada Lovelace Project

“Daniel-Duesentrieb Contest”

The Schools of the Hamburg area compete for the price: the more pupils involved and the more in-depth work, the better the chances for an award.

Themes: the electro mobile, ships, aeroplanes, high buildings, medical technology, robotics, energy technology (2008) and biotechnology (2009).

The schools have to develop a technical product to resolve a given task and to describe the development and production process. The science applications are assessed in a public competition.


Daniel Duesentrieb Contest

Molecular Biology in the Freiburg School District:

Genetic fingerprinting and protein analysis at your school

This project is focused on teaching modern molecular biology –such as genetic fingerprinting- using partially open experiments that encourage students to develop their own strategies to resolve scientific problems.

The experiments are feasible in a school context and can be successfully performed by pupils, reaching children in schools in any location.

So far six school labs providing molecular biology and protein chemistry experiments have been set up in secondary schools of the Freiburg School District.


Molecular Biology in the Freiburgh School

Learning laboratories network GenaU:

Bringing professional science to life

With GenaU we present a large well established network of interdisciplinary learning laboratories in Germany. GenaU reaches over 20,000 pupils annually and also provides training for teachers.

The distinguishing feature of the GenaU laboratories is that they are located in universities and research centres so that pupils can experience authentic professional settings of scientific work. In the laboratories the pupils practice experimenting independently, developing an understanding of scientific works as different from the traditional set experiments of science teaching at school.

Learning Laboritories network GenaU

Student Research Centre (SRC) South Wurttemberg:

Getting partners on board

This new science education facility grew out of the extra curricular activities in physics at the upper secondary school Stoerck-Gymnasium Dab Saulgau. This is an inspirational story of one teacher initiating and finding resources for a very successful project. 

This is a very good example of open-ended student work. Students work on problems they have chosen themselves, they organize their own research process. In addition, this REC involves teacher training, material development for the class-room in primary and secondary school.

Student Research Centre

NetLab science experience for children:

Training student and in-service teachers in a biochemistry lab

The Nat Lab combines school science with initial teacher training by bringing together school pupils and trainee teachers for chemistry and biology experiments. Some of the topics covered are neurobiology and behaviour, evolution, genetics, electrochemistry and polymers (secondary school), and life in drop of water (primary school).

All teachers receive specific training about the experiments and the related science before their pupils enter the lab. In this way a large number of teachers access exiting professional development to take back to their classroom teaching.

This project is part of the GenaU network, also introduces on these pages.