studies in Mathematics and Chemistry for teaching (M.Ed., Gymnasien) at Kiel University
since 2016 doctoral candidate at Kiel Science Outreach Campus
Effectiveness of the preparation and follow-up of school visits to the student laboratory aiming at fostering career perspectives
As an outreach format STEM student laboratories offer the opportunity to make science a tangible experience. The focus is on independent work with various experiments and contact with scientific actors as well as insights into their working environment. It is of great importance to link school and extracurricular places of learning to achieve the longest possible effect. The research project investigates whether a long-term stabilization of scientific knowledge, task-related self-assessment and motivational regulation can be achieved for learners through compulsory school preparation and follow-up. The questioned is also posed whether a development of vocational preference can be promoted. In conjunction with the latter aspect, we investigate whether the explicit integration of aspects of scientific training professions promotes this orientation. These results can also provide ideas for other student laboratory programs.
The student lab program nawi: klick! on Nanotechnology for secondary level I grammar and community schools and school lessons for preparation as well as follow-up were developed as part of this research project. The contents covered are based on the subject requirements of the state of Schleswig-Holstein and offer a cross-disciplinary elaboration of the topic. Successful piloting already showed a number of positive effects in terms of specialist knowledge, task-related self-assessment and attitudes towards
STEM occupations. The main study which is expected to include a total of about 20 classes has been started.