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ISS hosts MIT students

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Following our successful recognition as a MINT-freundliche Schule and as part of our commitment to supporting STEAM subjects ISS has formed an exciting partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Two MIT students are currently visiting ISS as a part of MIT’s Global Teaching Labs (GTL) program, which allows students at MIT to travel to various countries to teach at local schools. 

Brian Z. is an MIT final year undergraduate studying Chemical Engineering and Biology and currently based on the Degerloch Campus.  Brian talked to us about the program and his experiences so far.
“One of the main goals of the program is to introduce students to a more hands-on, applications-based approach to learning science and math subjects. MIT’s motto is “Mens et Manus,” or “Mind and Hand,” so I’ve tried to emphasize ways to apply scientific knowledge to the real world in the classes that I’ve taught at ISS. Personally, I decided to participate in the program because I plan to continue my studies in graduate school and wanted to learn more about teaching through GTL. Specifically, I wanted to come to Germany because of Germany’s history of scientific innovation in the chemical industry and academic research.”
Over the past two weeks, Brian has worked with grade levels ranging from Grade 6 to Grade 12, teaching subjects ranging from general science and math to polymers and biochemistry!

“I’ve had a lot of fun teaching different classes and working with the teachers at ISS” he told us. “Everyone has been very welcoming and open to incorporating my lessons into their classes. I’ve also had the opportunity to tie my own interests in to my lessons and talk about subjects from my research in relation to the students’ subjects.”

Students in both Degerloch and Sindelfingen have enjoyed learning more about real world applications of science through different demonstrations and projects.  Brian succinctly summarizes his personal goal and the goal of the partnership:  “Through my teaching, I hope to both spark interest in science from high school students and motivate those interested in science to continue to pursue their passion.”  Exciting times!