STEM/MINT Program at GISW
The German International School’s STEM/MINT program gives students the opportunity to specialize in rigorous mathematics and science curricula focused on problem-solving and research. Our emphasis is on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) alongside the German equivalent; Mathematik, Informatik, Naturwissenschaften & Technik (MINT).
For the 2018-19 school year, the GISW achieved the first step of the MINT certification, awarded by Germany’s nationwide program, “MINT: Creating the Future.“ This initiative is sponsored by the Conference of Ministers of Education and supported by some of Germany’s best known corporations.
Through a vertical collaboration includingPreschool (starting at age 2), Elementary School (School Entry Level through 4th grade) and Upper School (5th through 12th grade), students are engaged, encouraged and challenged from an early age, in order to stimluate a sustained interest in the sciences.
Important aspects of our STEM/MINT Program include:
- Excitement and enjoyment in exploring scientific topics
- Independent research, problem-solving, analysis and laboratory investigations
- Participation in local, national and international competitions
- Cultivation of partnerships in higher-education, business & industry, and the community
- Preparation of students – especially girls, for careers in science and technology
Our school’s substantial investment is represented by its LEED-certified Science building where students from 4th to 12th grade receive world-class education in state-of-the-art facilities specially designed for science instruction, including four well equipped scientific laboratories. Interactive SMART-Boards and document cameras, lego mindstorm-robots, 3-D-printers, a weather bug station and notebooks for simulations, measurements and data analysis comprise some of the resources accessible to students and teachers. These tools enhance the academic curriculum by providing students with unique learning experiences that build on their individual capacities. Moreover, students are offered opportunities for independent research and experimentation, interacting with professionals from the scientific, engineering, technological and industrial communities.
Our success-driven curriculum and teaching methods stimulate curiosity and promote critical thinking, innovation and collaboration with peers in order to develop the intellectual, emotional and social skills required for life and work in a globalized world.
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