Specially developed methods and materials assist teachers with inclusive experimentation instruction.
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Encouraging children in a differentiated and individual manner while respecting the growing differences among students: This is the fundamental idea behind inclusive instruction, an educational concept that is being politically supported in Germany. Under this concept, all students, regardless of handicap, support needs or cultural, lingual and socio-economic background, should receive optimal, individual and joint instruction.

To enable teachers to integrate this concept, including learning environments, into classrooms, they need suitable instruction and learning materials in addition to initial and advanced training and the development of support conditions. Up to now, however, there have been few targeted programs for inclusive instruction in scientific-technical subjects.

Together with our cooperation partners, the Berlin Ministry for Education, Adolescents and Science represented by the iMINT-Akademie, and the State Institute for School Quality and Teacher Training in Saxony-Anhalt, the Siemens Stiftung is promoting the development of inclusive, exemplary learning environments for experimentation in the STEM subjects. The specially developed materials and methods are designed to facilitate the practically differentiated, but joint exploration of scientific-technical questions.

The objective is to encourage all students, regardless of their personal educational starting point, learning methods and learning speed, to explore scientific-technical issues. As a result of this diverse, yet joint approach, learning-process-related values like tolerance and sense of responsibility are brought to life.