The “:metabolon” competence, learning and innovation centre at the Entsorgungszentrum Leppe waste disposal facility is going to extend its portfolio as an extra-curricular learning centre by adding a school students’ laboratory.
The MINT-LAB, which is being created in cooperation with the technical university in Cologne within the framework of the zdi school students’ laboratories scheme, is directed towards secondary school students and also adult learners on general education courses.
In the new laboratory, the students will engage in intensive consideration of the different themes around renewable energies. The learning content will be processed in groups, with the students working as independently and closely to actual operational practice as possible; amongst other things, the research facilities of the joint research body and also the extensive technical centre of the waste disposal facility will be used. The aim is to simulate, analyse and, finally, understand processes with the help of practical experiments.
Companies in agricultural regions of Germany are suffering more and more from a lack of new blood and young talent. One of the reasons for this is that the younger generation are leaving to live in large conurbations. This trend can also be observed in the Bergisches Land region – even though many companies are located there and can offer an interesting professional future. For in addition to the companies themselves, the TH Köln University of Applied Sciences with its sites in Gummersbach and the waste facility in Leppe (“:metabolon” project) also offers a comprehensive range of learning opportunities in the region – in particular in technical subjects.
In the new school students’ laboratory, the emphasis will be above all on the relationship to real-life working, and this is to be achieved through close cooperation with the companies of the region. In turn this means that the companies have the opportunity to present their portfolios in the renewable energy and environment sectors. The technologies are to be integrated into the teaching programme as fully as possible.
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