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STEAM Hub Siemensstadt Square

Siemens Stiftung's Think and Do Tank

Siemens Stiftung’s STEAM Hub brings international education innovations to Siemensstadt Square.

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Siemensstadt Square – a new digital, sustainable and energy-efficient urban district under development in Berlin – will provide a venue for future-focused visions and innovation. Siemens Stiftung’s STEAM Hub (German: MINT-Hub) will offer spaces for young people to learn and design together. As a Think and Do Tank, the STEAM Hub will facilitate a transfer of knowledge between local and global educational practice, bringing international best practice to schools and establishing sustainability and a positive digital culture in the district.

Working Area:

Education

Region/Country:

Germany

As a Think and Do Tank we tackle the question of how to help children and young people to develop key future skills through high-quality STEM education. We combine STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) with Arts (= STEAM approach) to prepare young people to solve challenges in a volatile, uncertain, complex world shaped by digital technologies. We address this issue through a range of activities at Siemensstadt Square, opening up potential avenues for growth and change. Children from the local area work on contemporary issues in various projects, developing solutions that have a direct impact on site.

»Through our STEAM Hub, we are nurturing the skills needed to develop innovative solutions in the digital age.«

Dr. Nina Smidt, Managing Director and Spokesperson of Siemens Stiftung

STEAM approach is key to responsible co-creation

New teaching approaches in STEM education are essential if we are to promote pupils’ and students’ ability to build a better future. Especially in the digital age, citizens require skills that enable them to engage with creative processes and solve individual problems with the capacity to innovate. After all, personal, empathetic and emotional communication cannot be automated. With this in mind, we always take a holistic STEAM approach, focusing on values and creating a culture of creativity and participation.

Think Tank promotes glocal and interdisciplinary knowledge transfer

As a Think Tank, we concentrate on networking local and global education practice with science, business, civil society and politics. In addition, we establish international and local networks in an effort to inspire practitioners with innovative strategies and forward-looking success factors. Not only does this approach lead to strategic projects and programs, the operational insights it generates constantly enrich the discourse at the Think Tank and its partner institutions at Siemensstadt Square.

International networks inspire local projects

Do Tank establishes international best practices

As a Do Tank, Siemens Stiftung establishes best practices within Siemensstadt Square and puts the Think Tank’s innovative ideas and concepts into practice. We integrate operational projects in collaboration with different actors from educational practice, science and civil society. This allows us to open up various prospects for the future, tailored to the needs of Siemensstadt Square along the entire education chain. Our long-term goal is to encourage a growth mindset and promote educational justice and equal opportunity.

Our goal is to create a growth mindset and equal opportunity

STEM Make@thon on the future of food

In late May 2022, high-school students aged 15 to 18 with a passion for STEM will take part in a Make@thon hosted by chemistry teaching staff from Osnabrück University. During this hands-on event, the students will get to grips with issues surrounding nutrition – and develop ideas for the future of food! The inquisitive minds taking part will find out the task they have been set at a kick-off event before splitting into independent groups to work on a solution. Participants will have the opportunity to engage and exchange ideas with a wide range of actors at Siemensstadt Square, drawing ideas for potential solutions from a plethora of workshops, talks, experiments, exhibitions and an escape room! At the closing event, YouTuber Jacob Beautemps (BreakingLab) will present awards for the best ideas. Plans are in place for a second STEM Make@thon with Osnabrück University’s chemistry experts in September 2022.

Design Thinking in STEM for schools at Siemensstadt Square

Our Design Thinking in STEM project helps young people to acquire crucial future skills, such as creative problem solving, the ability to innovate, collaboration and empathy. In order to implement this internationally proven project in Germany, Siemens Stiftung has been working with the Potsdam-based Hasso Plattner Institute/School of Design Thinking since the fall of 2021 to develop an approach suitable for STEM teaching staff. This will be implemented in schools in Siemensstadt and the local area from the spring of 2022. It will focus on tackling specific issues revolving around Siemensstadt Square. The interdisciplinary STEM teaching content and the hybrid teaching and learning formats concentrate on the topics of health and climate change. 

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Teacher training sessions on inquiry-based learning in STEM

Together with the Carl-Friedrich-von-Siemens-Gymnasium, we offer training sessions at Siemensstadt Square for teaching staff in primary and secondary education on the topic of Experimento, our international education program. Prominent topics include independent experimentation, research and comprehension of natural phenomena and technical developments in heterogeneous classes in relation to the environment, energy and health. The training places a particular focus on the latest insights into global challenges, such as the greenhouse effect, the use of renewable energy and drinking water supplies. It alternates between digital and analog experimentation phases in a blended learning format. In the interests of expanding STEM thinking, the training sessions cover inquiry-based learning and, depending on the target audience, value education, inclusion, conscious language use in teaching and computational thinking.

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We would like to thank Siemens Professional Education and the project team at Siemensstadt Square for their support in the implementation of STEAM activities at Siemensstadt Square.

Head of Education
Dr. Barbara Filtzinger
Contact Person Make@thons
Sarah Sommer
Contact Person Design Thinking
Christine Niewöhner
Contact Person Experimento
Angela Clerc

STEM education on the topics of climate, digital technology and health

You can find other fascinating STEM projects supported by the Siemens Stiftung in Germany along with an overview of our international education networks in our project overview.

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