STEM education in Germany
Robotics, 3D printing, nanotechnology, genetic technology, biotech, mobile internet, and IT are among the most important vocational fields of the future. There are even fields that have yet to be named. What does this mean for education and vocational training? What teaching and learning methods will we need? These questions of education come up every day in Germany: in classrooms, in research, and in government.
Concrete education concepts are needed to individually address the challenges presented by digitalization. This goes beyond the increased implementation of computers, tablets, or smartphones in the classroom; skills and methods that lead to creative and flexible teaching and learning are much more important. In all areas of society, there is a broad consensus that STEM education is a fundamental part of creating professional and personal opportunities, taking part in a society, and developing the economy. With this in mind, Germany has significantly increased its efforts in pursuit of high-quality, integrated STEM education. In central alliances, such as Nationales MINT Forum (National STEM Forum, Germany), a number of stakeholders are working toward better STEM education in Germany. These efforts are geared toward concrete areas of improvement, such as qualification for educators and subject specialists, increasing the presence of women in STEM professions, or improving the quality and effectiveness of STEM projects.
- Education budget: 6.4 % of GDP (2015)
- WEF Ranking Maths and Science: 15 of 137 (2017/18)
- PISA study: 13 of 71 (2015)
- Important topics: Skills for the digital transformation; value-building STEM lessons; increasing the number of women in STEM professions.
Our work focuses on increasing interest in STEM subjects and developing the necessary skills early on and for the long term. One of the cornerstones of our work is qualified education for teachers and educators, which leads to innovative methods of teaching. In addition to our hands-on work, active participation in networks and on committees is an important element in our education efforts. Together with other active partners, this creates synergies and bundles the strengths of individual initiatives.