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STEM + values
Promotion of values in experimentation instruction
To enable children between the ages of 8 and 12 to explore values-promoting issues during experimentation, the Siemens Stiftung has worked closely with scientists at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München to systematically augment its international educational program Experimento.
The link between scientific-technical knowledge and values-forming activities is achieved through the learning-related values of team orientation, tolerance and reliability. So-called object-related values like solidarity, environmental consciousness and sustainability are applied to the subject-matter dimensions of energy, environment and health addressed in Experimento. The values of assumption of responsibility, self-initiative and openness are promoted on both a learning-process and object-related basis. To transmit the values of assumption of responsibility and self-initiative, students create a simple electrical circuit. In the process, they also learn to use energy wisely. The values-promoting learning process is methodically backed by pulse techniques and dilemmas.
As a result, the teacher can link scientific-technical learning about future-relevant topics to values-related issues.