Green Academy

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Online lectures for students

The Green Academy offers exciting scientific experiments and philosophical discussions

"Let’s Put the World Back in Children’s Hands"

This fall, the Green Academy is hitching a ride on the digital 3D-platform called the Digital WanderbUS to travel all across the USA!

Your kids or students can come along, too, engaging in German with fun interactive lectures within these areas: scientific experiments, philosophy and sustainability!

On 10 December at 12:30 PM (EST), Christoph Biemann will show us that "Air is not Nothing" (ages 6 to 9 years). Have a bucket of water ready for another exciting hands-on experiment which the kids can do at home! Participants will be encouraged to think for themselves and practice expressing their thoughts in German.

Each lecture is 45 minutes long.
The Goethe-Institut will provide materials for follow-up online courses after event conclusion.


 

Registration

Please note that this event takes place ONLINE on December 10 at 12:30 PM (EST) on Zoom. Please register here.

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Experiments
Interesting experiments encourage students to consider different phenomena in the natural sciences. Through observation, discussion and participation, students gain new insight into these topics and learn German with all their senses.

Philosophy
Many exciting philosophical questions will be addressed to get students actively thinking and speaking as well as learning and practicing German.

Sustainability
Students focus on relevant aspects of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of Agenda 2030 of the United Nations.
 

October 29th: "A Greek Discovery", Science experiment with Christoph Biemann, "Sendung mit der Maus"

November 18th: "Justice Systems (Working Title)", Philosophy lecture with Dr. Ana Laura Edelhoff, Lecturer in Oxford and Konstanz

December 10th: "Air is not nothing", Science experiment with Christoph Biemann, "Sendung mit der Maus"

Who
The content of the online lectures is particularly suited for A1 through A2 German learners and for students ages 8 to 16.

 

Videos & Handbooks

Feel free to take a look at our video lectures and teaching material!


Topic
Have you ever broken a rule? If so, did you receive some kind of punishment? And what effect did it have? There are rules for adults too, called laws. These are rules that are designed to keep everyone safe, but occasionally some people decide to break those laws. This is where we say this person committed a crime. How should this be handled? Is it acceptable, for instance, to put them into prison? If so, why? In order to punish them? In order to prevent them from committing further crimes? In order to make them better people? Or is it not at all acceptable to imprison those who commit crimes?
If you find these questions interesting, we welcome you to participate in the next Goethe-Institut Green Academy event.
Learn to think like a philosopher! The Criminal Justice lecture is a great way to teach the skills of research and analysis. This activity leads us to a wrap-up discussion and prepares your students to voice their own thoughts in a foreign language with the help of a thought-provoking interactive online lecture. 

Ana Laura Edelhoff is a philosopher at Oxford University. She is concerned with making philosophy accessible to children. She has given lectures for children in Hamburg, Oxford, Washington and Boston, especially in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut. Her lectures for children on the topic of justice have been attended by up to 1200 children and have been discussed in the children’s magazine Dein Spiegel as well as on the radio channel NDR.

Video

 

Topic
What do amber and a balloon have in common? And how does this relate to Ancient Greece?

Beloved German TV personalty Christoph Biemann has explained scientific phenomena on the popular children's show "Die Sendung mit der Maus" for over 40 years. This time he is devoting himself to a very exciting experiment on electricity.

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Videos
 

"What is Just?"- Imagine a (very, very tasty!) chocolate cake. Dividing it in a fair way is not so easy. There are several possibilities: Does everyone get exactly the same amount? Or does the one who has worked the hardest get the most? Or should, maybe, the person who is the most hungry be allowed to eat the biggest piece? We will look at different suggestions and consider together what is just. 

Dr. Ana Laura Edelhoff is a philosopher at Oxford University. She is concerned with making philosophy accessible to children. She has given lectures for children in Hamburg, Oxford, Washington and Boston, especially in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut. Her lectures for children on the topic of justice have been attended by up to 1200 children and have been discussed in the children's magazine Dein Spiegel as well as on the radio channel NDR. For more information about her work see: denkdetektiv.de
 

"Science is Fun (German, too)!" - Why do astronauts wear diapers? Does a cup have a memory? Jo Hecker will deal with these interesting questions among others in his engaging lecture. Jo Hecker has presented his exciting experiments in 15 countries, which prove to be fun for the entire family!

Jo Hecker is an engineer and works as a scientific journalist. His books with experiments have been translated into ten languages. He has taken his science shows all over the world, from Thailand to Alaska. His motto is, “I don’t like science. I love science!” Learn more on his website www.joachim-hecker.de
 

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