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We have reached our maximum number of attendees and can no longer accept applications

The Summit will be held May 24-26 2019 at Loyola University, Lakeshore Campus Chicago, IL
Public Transit

Loyola encourages the use of alternative and public transportation.
The Lake Shore Campus (LSC) is conveniently located off the CTA Red Line – Loyola “L” station at 1032 W Sheridan Rd.  The CTA bus 147 also drops off directly in front of the LSC. 
 
Lake Shore Campus Parking
Visitors and Guests may park in the following lots (see the LSC map for exact locations) by paying with cash, credit, or purchasing a parking pass.
Parking can be purchased at the Campus Transportation Office, located on the first floor of the Main Structure.

Parking Lot                   Cost     Accepted Forms of Payment
Main Structure (P1)      $7.00   Credit Card, Cash (bills only, no coins), Rambler Bucks
Fordham Garage (P2)  $7.00   Credit Card

Visitor lots close at 2:00 a.m.  No overnight parking is allowed in the Main Structure or Fordham Garage. 
 
It is a 3-day conference with different labs, workshops and discussions to work.learn.share.change. from and with experts about issues of sustainability (water, energy, climate, consumption, biodiversity, mobility, resources and fair trade) and how they connect with STEM and German as a foreign language.
STEM and German Teachers, Middle and High School students, sustainability experts and people who are interested in the program open to the public.
A maximum of two teachers (a German and a STEM teacher) and eight students can participate per school!
Analyze problems from two aspects - current situation (actual state) and sustainable future (target state) - and to find practicable solutions. Develop creative solutions for a sustainable future as we uphold the motto to work.learn.share.change.
The program is funded, supported and presented by the Goethe-Institut, the German Federal Foreign Office and BDI during the Year of German-American Friendship. www.wunderbartogether.com
To make attendance possible to everyone, there is no cost other than a cancellation fee. See cancellation policy.
Yes, all meals on campus are included.
 
The Goethe-Institut works with a travel agency which will be handling all flight booking.
 
Yes. Each group has to fly and join the summit together.  
 
The scholarship includes accommodations in dorm rooms with two beds (with a community bath for students, and a private bath for teachers). The rooms are separated by gender.
 
We have no specific age restriction but would prefer to invite students that go back into their school and share the new knowledge with their peers. Ideally it’ll be a junior.
 
All facilitators and participants will speak English – however, some workshops are conducted by German experts, who might offer and use some German - but not if participants don’t speak German at all. The general program also offers lots of German material and information and there will be plenty of opportunities to speak, practice and try German.

 
The Future Lab is a tool to analyze a problem or scenario by looking at what is NOW and how it will be in the FUTURE. By using different lab techniques participants will find and describe the issue to then ANALYZE, research or debate; conduct surveys and agree to a certain topic in an area of interest about sustainability; then create the future vision and find ways to make the next step towards this goal; build a model; brainstorm; draw; write; visualize and work together.
These workshops are a hands-on experience and should give groups more insight into how things work, what and why the results affect us and support a sustainable future. Experiments can be a detailed model of a solar panel or renewable materials for products.
Why isn’t renewable energy priority number 1 in the world? What can schools and communities do about it? Participants will discuss the challenges and the opportunities with experts, put forward theses for the future and explore cast studies of the places already engaged in change making.
Experts in Education for Sustainability (ESD) will present best-practice examples and co-develop with participants exemplary, transformative and “sustainablized” learning experiences. This involves the methodological-didactical implementation into your curriculum.
Please note that as of January 09, 2019, we have reached our attendence capacity.
Thank you for understanding!

Only STEM and/or German teachers can sign up for themselves and the group of students (up to 4).
Yes, for confirmed participants the cancellation fee is $ 300.00 per person.
The cancellation fee of $300 covers a name change on the flight ticket.
75% of travel cost will be charged if participants cancel until one week prior to the summit. 100% of the travel cost will be charged for no show. Please use a waiting list when signing up to avoid fees.