Green Academy

Grüne Kinderakademie - Das neue digitale Angebot für den Deutschunterricht © Goethe-Institut

Green Academy- A new digital offer for your German class

This fall, the #Grüne Akademie is hitching a ride with the Digital WanderbUS to travel all across the USA! Your students (ages 8-14) can come along, too, taking part in monthly online lectures about nature, humanity, and technology!

Starting at the end of October 2020, Christoph Biemann, the star of the German children's TV show, "Die Sendung mit der Maus," will kick off the lecture series with experiments that children (ages 8-11) can do at home on their own. In November Dr. Ana Laura Edelhoff will help students (ages 11-14) to thoughtfully consider the questions that shape our world.

Language level: A1-A2.
Alongside the lectures, the Goethe Institute will be providing materials for use in the online classroom.

About the Green Academy

Approx. 45-minute virtual and interactive lectures. The Goethe-Institut will prepare materials to accompany each lecture for students. 
The lecture series will start at the end of October 2020, an exact date will be announced soon.
The Green Academy is suited for German teachers for digital implementation in their German courses. The content of the lectures is particularly suited for A1 through A2 German learners.
A registration link will be posted soon.

Sneak Peak Videos

Below you will find the lectures that took place in the Spring Semester 2020. Feel free to take a look!

"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
"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: