Experimental kitchen in the Deutsches Museum Bonn becomes a zdi school laboratory!

Making your own cosmetics, cleaning ponds with bacteria and understanding the chemistry behind gummy bears - in the experimental kitchen in the Deutsches Museum Bonn, children and young people have been able to experience MINT up close for many years. With the awarding of the zdi school laboratory seal by Annette Storsberg, State Secretary of the Ministry of Culture and Science in North Rhine-Westphalia, the experimental kitchen is now officially part of the zdi community.

At the event, Annette Storsberg, State Secretary in the Ministry of Culture and Science NRW, emphasized how important it is to place MINT content in new contexts: "The zdi initiative combines MINT knowledge with everyday contexts. Young people experience here in a very practical way how science and technology enrich our society. They gain experience to face societal challenges and learn innovative approaches.”

Annette Storsberg, State Secretary in the Ministry of Culture and Science NRW, at the presentation of the zdi school laboratory seal.

The successful project “Laboratory License ExperimentalKitchen”

Since 2007, the experimental kitchen in the Deutsches Museum Bonn has been a place of learning to complement school education, arousing enthusiasm for science and helping to break down fears of contact. In the multi-award-winning project "Laboratory License ExperimentalKitchen" funded by zdi.NRW, schoolchildren can not only experience scientific content, but also get to know MINT professions.
Storsberg adds: "I am pleased that the Deutsches Museum Bonn with its offers for schoolchildren is now also a visible part of the zdi community. The official inclusion in the ranks of the zdi student laboratories is the result of many years of cooperation between the museum and schools, companies and universities in the region.”

Seven students from the IGS Bonn-Beuel also received a special award on this occasion. On behalf of all participants who have completed their laboratory driving license under Corona conditions this school year, they and their teacher Dr. Christian Neubauer was invited to the event to personally receive their certificates from Annette Storsberg and Jürgen Hindenberg, Managing Directors of Vocational Training and Skilled Worker Securing, IHK Bonn/Rhein-Sieg.
"If this cooperation between the IHK Bonn/Rhein-Sieg and the Deutsches Museum Bonn in the form of the laboratory driver's license didn't already exist, then it would have to be invented," says Jürgen Hindenberg. "It is a pleasure for me to see how the Deutsches Museum Bonn has managed to successfully implement this offer, especially now in the pandemic period."

After State Secretary Annette Storsberg (1st row, 1nd from right) presented the "zdi student laboratory" seal to museum director Andrea Niehaus (1st row, 2st from right), the graduates of the laboratory license proudly accepted their certificates from her and Jürgen Hindenberg (IHK Bonn/Rhein-Sieg, far right) in reception.

The presentation of the zdi seal and the laboratory driver's license was broadcast live as a hybrid event with numerous digitally connected guests from the newly designed exhibition area of ​​the Deutsches Museum Bonn. In the new, ever-changing adventure spaces and in the Dr. In the digital future laboratory »TouchTomorrow-Lab«, set up by the Hans-Riegel-Foundation, the topic of artificial intelligence can be experienced using current application examples.

All information about the upcoming workshops of the ExperimentalKitchen is available on the website of the Deutsches Museum Bonn.

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