The International School Bremen is a STEM-EC school and students have the great opportunity to obtain a STEM-EC certificate for participation in scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical activities together with their school-leaving qualification (IB diploma). ISB is the only International school in Germany that has MINT-EC status. It is also one of only three MINT-EC schools in the Bundesland Bremen. This is an indication of the excellent Science education we provide at ISB where students are actively engaged in STEM activities and work in close contact with Academic Research Institutes and Industry.
Our current partners with whom we are actively engaging include:
1. The German Aerospace Centre in Bremen (Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt/DLR) with whom we have a long-standing partnership
2. UNIVERSUM in Bremen who organise the annual Jugend forscht event in Bremen
In addition to these two STEM partners, we have initiated new partnerships with the following Research institutes since August 2018 and students are already scheduled to participate in workshops and practical activities. This will include both Secondary school students and Primary school students. Kindly see the upcoming STEM events for further information.
3. MARUM (Zentrum für Marine Umweltwissenschaften) located on the University Bremen campus.
4. ZMT (Centre for Marine and Tropical Ecology)
WHAT IS STEM / MINT?
STEM stands for “Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics”. The STEM-EC network is since 2009 under the administration of the “Kultusministerkonferenz” in Germany (the various Ministries for Culture in the “Bundesländer” of Germany) STEM-EC is a network of schools that strive to obtain excellence in teaching and learning of these disciplines through networking and exchange of information between schools in the various Bundesländer (Federal States) of Germany and provision of information for various possibilities to develop STEM Education at schools. Students can develop an individual STEM-profile and receive a STEM-EC Certificate for active and significant performance in a variety of STEM activities and events. At the same time the students learning is developed through STEM-EC camps, development programmes, workshops, courses, competitions etc. An additional advantage of being a STEM-EC school is links or access to STEM-EC partners in Research and Industry.
How do students obtain a MINT- EC certificate?
ISB is a STEM/MINT school and therefore students have the opportunity to obtain a MINT-EC certificate by participating in STEM related events such as attending MINT workshops in Mathematics, Science, and IT; participating in competitions such as Jugend forscht (ages 15-21), Schüler experimentieren (up to 14 years), CANSAT etc.; taking part in nationwide competitions such as Kangaroo Maths; attending MINT camps, courses or workshops; Teaching MINT courses perhaps to fellow students through a peer tutoring system in Mathematics, Science and IT. Students maintain a record of their activities and certificates they received by participating in MINT-EC events and obtain a MINT-EC certificate at the end of the Grade 12 year when they graduate and accumulated enough points in a variety of different STEM activities.
Why is a MINT-EC certificate important?
When students apply for a place at University a MINT-EC certificate may help to secure a place at University. This is especially the case for studies in Mathematics, Science, Medicine, Technology, Engineering, Computer Science and other STEM related areas. The fact that MINT-EC certificates are issued throughout Europe ensures that it is an achievement which is recognised widely.
Upcoming STEM events at ISB
May 2019: Grade 5 students will visit the EDEN project at the DLR and do some hands-on activities to experiment related to how living organisms survive in space.
April 2019: The Grade 5 students will visit the DLR to engage in an activity which will teach them how to build rockets.
6 March 2019: Dr. Pätzold from MARUM will visit the Grade 5 students taught by Ms. Somers. They will do a practical hands-on activity with the students on the Water cycle.
6 February 2019: Grade 10 students visit MARUM for a lab activity related to Evolution. Students will be learning how to read tree rings and interpret and relate them to climate variability. They will also view first hand how scientists at the research institute work with sediment cores collected in the Arctic to analyse climate variability.
30 November 2018: Deadline for submission of abstracts for Jugend forscht competition
28 September 2018: Ms. Anne Soquier from the Math department and Ms. Julies from the Science department will attend a workshop at DLR on using STEM activities for teaching in the classroom. The workshop is part of the International Space conference currently hosted at the DLR and will be conducted in the German language and is open for all teachers in Bremen.
Drop tower project 2017-2018
Last year 4 Grade 11 students from ISB participated in the Drop tower project organised by the German Aerospace centre (DLR) and the Centre of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM). The students were Paul, Stefan, Emel and Nicolas and they had a successful drop in the Fallturm. There project investigated the time taken for one complete precession change under microgravity of a rotating gyroscope. “I will encourage students to participate in STEM projects since I benefited tremendously and has grown through my experience. I learnt the advantages of good team work, gained skills and knowledge in other fields of Science which took me out of my comfort zone, since the project was in Physics and I am doing Biology.” Stefan Busch.