Speak German & Study Science

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German is considered, after English, one of the key languages used in science professionally and in research. In Australia and Germany there is genuine demand for STEM professionals. Students combining excellent STEM and language competencies have access to a wealth of academic and professional opportunities. Bringing STEM and German language learning together is at the heart of the Goethe-Institut’s CLIL/STEM initiative.

Erklärung CLIL und MINT

The Goethe-Institut supports schools throughout Australia intending to start, facilitate and strengthen CLIL German programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

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Kinder university

The digital Kinder University is an innovative educational project for children aged 8-12. A key aspect of the Kinder University is its online platform which is accessible to everyone free of charge.

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CLIL Materialien zum Thema Energie

In this CLIL unit year 7 & 8 students explored how countries like Australia and Germany create electricity. They investigated the consequences of our energy consumption for the earth, learned about the development of renewable energies and analysed ways to save energy.

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Schools for Sustainability - a competition for students in years 7-12

Teams of students explore the ecological situation in their place of residence, street or school. With concrete ideas and actions, they draw the public's attention to the existing ecological situation.

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Workshop on Sustainable Development

At the National Conference "Sustainable with German" in 2018, guest speaker Rebecca Rashid developed an interactive workshop on sustainability. Worksheets suitable for Years 9 to 12 are now available for download.

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Science Workshops in German

How do we get rid of space debris that orbits the earth? What can we do to halt resistance to antibiotics? These and similar questions are addressed by the students at the science workshops.

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LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 is a robot composed of a programmable computer, motors and sensors. The robots can be built into different models using LEGO bricks. Depending on the complexity of the project LEGO MINDSTORMS are suited to students from Year 5 to 9.

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My Beanplant: The lifecycle of a plant

This CLIL unit combines German and biology lessons and is suitable for students in years 3 & 4. In 7 lessons, the children learn how to grow a bean plant. They observe the germination process and learn to describe this process in German.

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Coding with Blue-Bot

Blue-Bot® is a small robot that can be programmed using a tablet or with the arrows on the robot itself. Through this coding game students adopt new skills in Digital Technologies and learn German at the same time. Additionally, with the Goethe-Institut’s classroom mats other learning areas can be integrated in the German lessons.

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LINGO consists of a hands-on magazine for children between the ages of 8 and 12 as well as the MINTmobile website and app for teens aged 13 to 16. The contents of the magazine is dealt with in more depth both in the subject and linguistically on MINTmobil. Class sets of the hands-on magazine can be ordered using this form.

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Science Experiments in German

Water, magnetism, plants, cars, materials, air, time, weight, oil, fat, gas, the human body, animals, nature, earth and the sun. The Goethe-Institut Slovakia offers 20 CLIL modules for these topics. The modules are suited for primary school children in Years 3 and 4 that speak German at the A1 level.