STEM4All – STEM-Based Fun for Ages 6 to 99
TU9 Universities have a range of fun-based and often challenging online courses involving tinkering, information and experiments for children and young people (in German). These are listed below, sorted by age group. And as it is never too early and never too late to learn something new, the age groups are merely recommendation.
School Children Aged 6 and Over
(Please note: All Programs are offered in German)
Insights into the Fascinating World of Math at MDR-Wissen | Technische Universität Dresden
In the MDR-Wissen TV program, Professor Andreas Thom from Technische Universität Dresden gives insights into the exciting world of mathematics. From exponential growth to prime numbers to the secrets of chance and the circular number Pi, Thom showcases some of the surprises and brainteasers his subject has on offer. This is done via livestream on the MDR WISSEN YouTube channel and as a Facebook Live broadcast as part of the MDR WISSEN #ger-nelernen project and will also be available on demand in the ARD Mediathek (including with a translation into sign language). The social media broadcast also offers school students the op-portunity to ask Prof Thom questions he can answer live.
DLR_School_Lab | Technical University of Darmstadt
The Technical University of Darmstadt runs the DLR_School_Lab initiative as part of a collabora-tion with the German Aerospace Center (DLR). While schools in Germany remain closed be-cause of the Covid-19 pandemic, DLR_School_Labs are offering children fascinating infor-mation and learning materials.
For various age groups, ranging from nursery school children to adults.
Mathe-Basteln – Making Things with Math | Technical University of Munich
Ideas for math-based handicrafts, puzzles, brainteasers, app tips, recommended websites and short films. And they all have something to do with math. The site will gradually grow, with new activities being added all the time. Keep a look out for new activities!
For different ages, from 6 and above.
Kinder-Uni (University for Kids) | Braunschweig Institute of Technology
The University for Kids at Technische Universität Braunschweig is being held in a new digital format using the slogan Look and Join In. A series of six videos explains what first-class re-search involves at Braunschweig Institute of Technology. These show the university’s two clus-ters of excellence and four main research areas. They also give insights into how we will live in the future and why, within the next 30 years, we’re aiming to fly in electrically powered air-crafts. The explanatory videos are published every Saturday at 10.30 am.
For various ages, from 8 and above.
Kinder-Uni (University for Kids) | University of Stuttgart
Every semester, the University of Stuttgart and the University of Hohenheim hold lectures for children between the ages of 8 and 12. In talks lasting about an hour, university professors provide answers to fascinating questions about science and knowledge. The University of Stuttgart and the University of Hohenheim have been offering one or two lectures per semes-ter since the 2007/2008 academic year.
For different age groups, starting from 8 and above.
Calliope Mini – Program Your First Mini-Computer | Technische Universität Dresden
The Calliope course at Technische Universität Dresden is suitable for school children grades 3 to 7. In a playful approach, it offers initial insights into algorithmic thinking and programming. Topics include hardware and software, sensors and actuators, the IPO (input – processing – output) model, algorithmic thinking and programming.
For different age groups, starting from 9 and above.
Girls’ Day Program: Cryptography | University of Stuttgart
As part of Girls’ Day at the University of Stuttgart, which unfortunately had to be cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus crisis, a workshop organizer has published a smaller-scale re-placement program. The topic is cryptography.
For different age groups, starting age 11.
For School Children Aged 13 and Above
(Please note: All Programs are offered in German)
Online CAMMP Days on Mathematical Modelling | RWTH Aachen University and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
In various modules, scientists introduce students to the basics of mathematical modelling us-ing practice-oriented questions. Mathematical content is applied, such as angle theorems or the calculation of matrices which the students may already know from their lessons in class. In addition to content-related skills, the workshops primarily promote process-related knowledge and skills. The solar energy and data compression modules are suitable for students in grades 8 and 9.
When: Any time – no fixed schedule.
Virtual or Face-to-face: Math Lecturers at Schools | RWTH Aachen University
Where is mathematics used? What is mathematics good for? How does mathematics help us understand real-world processes? Lecturers from the math department explain both online and on site how math can be used to explain real phenomena and solve problems. Some of the lecture topics can be adapted to class grades or age groups. An overview of the lecture topics offered is available online. Some topics might not be available digitally.
When: On demand.
For students in grades 7 to 9.
Online Course: Introduction to Spatial Thinking and Design Using CAD | RWTH Aachen University
The CAD course is currently being further developed and tested for online use. Anyone inter-ested in technical drawing and design (e.g., in architecture or mechanical engineering) or planning to study engineering will learn both the basics and the key features of the popular CAD program Autodesk Inventor.
When: August 10 to 17, 2021
For students from grade 9 upwards.
Teach Yourself Computer Science | RWTH Aachen University
The InfoSphere (Schools Lab for Computer Science) provides a range of self-learning opportu-nities for all ages that can be worked on from home or at school. Students can explore fascinat-ing areas of computer science, such as cryptography, or learn how to program. Some courses are still being developed. When: Available any time
For students of all grades.
changING – Research Club at SE²A | Technical Institute of Braunschweig
At the Technical Institute of Braunschweig, the “changING” research club run by the Cluster of Excellence SE²A – Sustainable and Energy-Efficient Aviation was launched in October 2019. It gives students from the 10th grade onwards the chance to do their own research and experi-ments. It provides hands-on experience regarding engineering programs and professions in the field of “Mobility” research at Technical Institute of Braunschweig. changING is also de-signed to get girls interested in technical topics. If they choose to stay with the project for the full four years, participating students are mentored until they graduate from high school.
For students from grade 10 upwards
Netzwerk Teilchenwelt (Particle World Network) | Technische Universität Dresden
On the trail of the Big Bang: Netzwerk Teilchenwelt (Particle World Network) gives students hands-on experience of particle physics and astroparticle physics. This encourages young people to think about scientific subjects and their role in society. To support extracurricular learning at home, the Netzwerk Teilchenwelt website contains lists and short presentations of the best physics and particle physics sites on the internet (such as YouTube) as well as other informational material.
For students aged 15 to 19.
Online B!G B4NG Challenge for Kids | Leibniz University Hannover
The B!G B4NG Challenge – Springtime Edition is an online competition, giving school kids from all over Germany the chance to participate. Each month, a “task of the month” is pub-lished on the website which contestants can then work on in teams using whatever tools they have. STEM students set and evaluate the tasks. Once the last task solution has been submit-ted, the results of the respective groups are evaluated and the best teams are awarded certifi-cates and prizes.
For students in grades 9 to 13.
Mathematics Circle | University of Stuttgart
Short papers on various mathematical topics with corresponding tasks to download. The as-signments can be sent in by email or by mail. Participants receive their corrected submission along with some sample solutions. Registration required (non-binding, free of charge).
For students in grades 7/8, 9/10 and 11 onwards (three groups)
Students’ Question Time | University of Stuttgart
Students’ question time offers school students the opportunity to interact with undergraduate students, doctoral candidates and lecturers. It’s the place to be for anyone with questions about studying physics, teacher training or more general issues. It’s also an ideal forum for those who have always wanted to try something out but don’t have the equipment they need, for those with in-depth questions about what they are currently learning in class or those who are interested in a subject that is not covered at school.
Mondays, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Mathematics Seminar Grades 8 to 10 | University of Stuttgart
Video lectures and worksheets for mathematically-inclined students in grades 8 to 10. The seminar covers mathematical topics not usually taught in the classroom. Registration not re-quired.
For students in grades 8 to 10.
Prospective Students and First-Year Undergraduates
(Please note: All Programs are offered in German)
Online Programs | RWTH Aachen University
The path to a tenable decision regarding academic study starts well before graduating from school. Students should start thinking about their choice of study subject at an early stage. This is why RWTH Aachen University is currently developing various online formats to aid the study selection process despite the current restrictions on social contact.
Online Prep Course | RWTH Aachen University
Repeat school-level mathematics or study Level I higher mathematics or Level I physics? These prep courses make it possible even before undergraduate study begins. The online prep courses are available all year round.
Study Information Day | RWTH Aachen University
On January 18, 2021, students in grades 12 and 13, and prospective university students can find out all they need to know about the range of courses on offer at RWTH Aachen University. Online lectures, virtual information stands and detailed information about their chosen subject help them finalize their study choice.
AtHome Study Advice | Technische Universität Berlin
The Student Advisory Service (Allgemeine Studienberatung) at Technische Universität Berlin can be called up online at home. With videos, online events and informational talks, the ser-vice helps prospective students focus on what they are looking for, choose a course of study and chart a successful academic path.
Information for Prospective Students | Technical Institute of Braunschweig
Tons of answers to all kinds of questions, complete with tips, detailed information and offers on the subject of choosing the right study program. This is rounded off with lots of fascinating facts about the courses of study available at Technical Institute of Braunschweig. Happy brows-ing.
Online Guide to Academic Study | Technical university of Darmstadt
Find the right study program in just three steps. Prospective students looking for a suitable degree program have all kinds of questions: What should I study and where? How do I know the subject I want to study actually suits me? And how do I decide between all the programs on offer? A range of offers and events are available online. Users decide if they go through all the steps or can skip one if they wish.
Technische Universität Online Days | Technical University of Darmstadt
Technical University of Darmstadt has offered a number of online events in 2020 whose con-tent are still available online. Simply register via the platform for access.
Online Prep Courses | Technische Universität Dresden
A large number of the degree programs offered by Technische Universität Dresden build on basic knowledge of natural science subjects, which is a prerequisite when starting a degree program. The online prep courses give both prospective students and first-year students the opportunity to assess their current level of knowledge in mathematics and physics, and to close any gaps that may exist at a learning pace that suits their needs, irrespective of location and time.
Online Study Advice | Technical University of Munich
As an alternative to a personal consultation, the Technical University of Munich is currently offering the possibility of consultations via video chat or telephone.
Summer & Autumn Programs for Prospective Students
(Please note: All Programs are offered in German)
STEM University for Kids – online | RWTH Aachen University
This year’s STEM University for kids, grades 7 to 9, will be a virtual event. With offers from various University for kids’ labs at RWTH Aachen University, participants will gain insights into the world of science and a wide range of STEM subjects.
Participation is free of charge.
Registration possible from spring 2021.
For students grade 7 to 9.
Girls go STEM + Sport (digital) | RWTH Aachen University
From July 12 to 16, 2021, RWTH Aachen University is offering a program combining STEM and sports for interested female students aged twelve to fourteen. Like last year, the program will take place online. The participants will get insights into the University and can discover and experience many exciting areas of science and technology. In addition, they will get to know new sports and can put their teamwork skills to the test.
Summer University | Technische Universität Dresden
The TU Dresden Summer University enables students interested in Mathematics, Computer Science, Natural Sciences and Technology (STEM) to get to know student life for a week. During this week they gain insights into studies, research and professions in STEM disciplines at the science hub Dresden.
Participation is possible from the age of 16. The registration takes place online, deadline: July 9, 2021.
East Saxon Math and Computer Science Camp for Girls | Technische Universität Dresden
The Mathematical Student Society of the Faculty of Mathematics at TU Dresden organizes together with the Didactics of Computer Science for girls grades 7–10, and 11/12 from all over Saxony an East Saxon Math and Computer Science Camp during Autumn school vacations.
The next camp will take place October 24–29, 2021 at KiEZ Weißwasser.
Summer Program "3D Printing" | Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
The Cluster of Excellence “3D Matter Made to Order“ (3DMM2O) offers a summer program for young women aged 13 and 19. It aims to provide female students with an interest in STEM with an insight into how 3D printing works.
In this summer program, participants learn about the entire 3D printing workflow: From the first sketch of an idea, through the creation of a CAD model, to the printed component.
Registration deadline: August 1, 2021.
Gauss-AG – online | Leibniz University Hannover
Exciting summer courses on mathematics and natural sciences in economics, technology, environment and society.
For students in grades 4 to 13.
Girls only – the SummerUNI (online) | Leibniz University Hannover
For female students grade 10–13 who are considering studying a STEM subject later on, but who are not yet sure which field of study is the right one to best put their ideas and talents to use, Leibnitz University Hannover offers the Summer University introducing a wide variety of STEM subjects.
Experience STEM at the University | Technical University of Munich
In hands-on courses for two- to four-days, girls or young women can gain an insight into the various STEM subjects.
The focus of the projects varies depending on the age group (10–12 years, 13–15 years, 16 years and older). The small group sizes (maximum 12 participants) allow you to get in touch with the topics at first hand.
When: August 2-20, 2021 (Summer school vacation in Bavaria)
Maths Study Exploration „Mathefrühling” | Technical University of Munich
The study exploration week is intended for everyone who is interested in university mathematics or mathematics studies and who want to get acquainted with the way of thinking and working in the study of mathematics. Students grade 10 and above are welcome to participate, as well as those with professional qualifications and those who have graduated from high school a while ago.
TryScience | Universität Stuttgart
With TryScience, you can get to know many STEM study programs. You can put together your own individual program of workshops, information events and student mentoring and get exactly the information you need to help you choose your course of study. You will meet female students and scientists who will show you around the university and answer all your questions.
For students grade 10 to 13.