The International School of Stuttgart e.V. would like to thank MIT student, Drew Callahan for enriching the teaching and learning in our school as part of MIT’s Global Teaching Labs program.
Mr. Callahan is currently a 3rd year undergraduate at MIT studying mechanical engineering. Over the course of the month of January, he participated in the MIT Global Teaching Lab (GTL) program at the International School of Stuttgart e.V.’s Sindelfingen Campus.
Working closely with Grades 6 through 10 Design and Visual Arts classes, his work can best be summarized as creating introductory lessons for technical topics like Tinkercad, Fusion 360, 3D printing, and Arduino. In addition, Mr. Callahan shadowed students on their individual design, robotics, and visual arts projects answering their various questions while providing advice from the perspective of an aspiring mechanical engineer.
This was the first time Callahan was involved in full scale classroom teaching and found an accepting environment filled with curious students passionate about their projects and a visual willingness to learn advanced technical topics.
“I now genuinely understand the sense of pride teachers take in their students. Seeing the understanding in someone’s eyes on a topic they have never seen before feels better than any paycheck. And high fiving students at the end of the day with a “Have a nice day Mr. Drew!” is simply a perfect way to end a day at school. I want to thank everyone at ISS for such a wonderful experience, and I wish everyone that is part of this community the absolute best in their future endeavors!” - Drew Callahan