Cooperation between school and university - digital education in focus

The Anne-Frank-Gymnasium Werne and the Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences recently sealed their partnership with a cooperation agreement, thereby strengthening the MINT profile of the grammar school. Principal Marcel Damberg and HSHL President Professor Dr. Klaus Zeppenfeld agreed on the joint support of students, especially in the MINT subject areas. In this way, the university gives high school students the opportunity to visit the zdi student laboratory on the Hamm campus regularly. Concrete offers for study orientation, such as taster courses, guest lectures or university tours are agreed individually between the partners.

With this collaboration, the Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences is entering into its 19th school partnership. "Cooperation with schools is very important to us, because we want to show the potential of MINT at an early stage and inspire students and teachers alike," says Zeppenfeld.

Back row (from left to right): Thorsten Kluger (Deputy Headmaster), Maik Bäumer (Head of Administration Anne Frank High School), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Petra Rolfes-Gehrmann, Prof. Dr. Peter Britz, Prof. Dr.-Ing Jens Spirgatis (Department Hamm 2, HSHL) Front row (from left to right): Marcel Damberg (Principal), Prof. Dr. Klaus Zeppenfeld (HSHL President)
Back row (from left to right): Thorsten Kluger (Deputy Headmaster), Maik Bäumer (Head of Administration Anne Frank High School), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Petra Rolfes-Gehrmann, Prof. Dr. Peter Britz, Prof. Dr.-Ing Jens Spirgatis (Department Hamm 2, HSHL) Front row (from left to right): Marcel Damberg (Principal), Prof. Dr. Klaus Zeppenfeld (HSHL President)

Professor Dr. Peter Britz during a detailed tour of the campus with the MINT subject teachers of the Anne Frank High School. The excellently equipped laboratories made a huge impression on the colleagues who had come and immediately stimulated numerous in-depth discussions with the researchers, teachers and students at HSHL. At the end of the day, numerous points of contact with one's own lessons and probably also with many a specialist work topic had crystallized.

Campus tour of the STEM teachers with the HSHL team of professors (Photos: Anne-Frank-Gymnasium, Werne)

Digital education at the Anne-Frank-Gymnasium - lighthouse project NRW

Those responsible at the university, in turn, were able to convince themselves of the high school's innovative concepts for digital education.

In 2014, the school launched a lighthouse project in NRW digital school implemented. Thanks to this project, pupils in the 5th form receive their own iPad after the summer holidays. A three-day project phase begins with the issue of the iPad, in which the students are familiarized with the basic handling of the iPad. During this time, parents also have the opportunity to learn how to use iPads at home with specialist teachers at school.

Classes 5 continue to receive one hour of "learning methods" per week, in which the use of the iPad in the classroom is specifically trained. A curriculum specifies what the students should be able to do and when. In the following classes, the school's internal media concept is continued in an age-appropriate manner. The iPad is brought to school every day and used in class just as naturally as a pen or notebook. In this context, there is very good cooperation with the Fraunhofer Application Center SYMILA in Hamm, headed by Prof. Dr. Harold Mathis.

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