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  • Junior Engineer AcademyEngineering education in cooperation with European partner schools

    Engineering is Comingto School!

    DEUTSCHEFASSUNG: BITTE

    WENDEN!

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    Contents

    3 Foreword

    4 Perspective: Teacher TobiasBauer 5 Unique, Successful Model Preparingyoungpeopleforadigital, engineeredworld 6 Favorite Class: Engineering! HowtheJuniorEngineerAcademy

    works

    8 JEA Goes European SchoolpartnershipsinCentral, EasternandSoutheasternEurope

    10 Perspective: Student RebeccaSchller

    11 Practical Tips HowtobenefitfromtheJunior EngineerAcademy'sexperiences

    14 Perspective: Company StefanKriester

    15 The Benefits Howtheprojecthelpsschools,

    studentsandpartners

    16 Deutsche Telekom Stiftung Aboutusandcontactdetails

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    DeutscheTelekomStiftungisafoundationthathasbeencommittedtoimprovingeducationinscience,technology,engineeringandmathematics(theSTEMsubjects)sinceitsfoundingin2003.In2005,wecreatedtheJuniorEngineerAcademytosparkstudentsinterestinengineeringanddosomethingtoaddressthegrowingshortageofengineers.Thismodelforexciting,hands-onengineeringclasshastakenrootatnearly80schoolsthroughoutGermanyandspawnedaraftofimitators.

    Now,wewanttostepoutsideGermanysbordersandshareourexperiencewiththissuccessfulprogramwithinterestedpartnersinothercountries.DeutscheTelekomStiftungfeelsverystronglyaboutEuropeanintegration.Throughthisexchange,ouraimistolearnwhatmethodsandapproachesourEuropeanpartnersusetoteachscienceandengineeringattheirschools.

    IhopethataninternationaldialogthroughtheJuniorEngineerAcademywillstartalivelyexchangeaboutgoodSTEMeducation.

    Prof. Wolfgang SchusterChairmanofDeutscheTelekomStiftung

    JUNIOR ENGINEER ACADEMYJEA

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    THE JEA MOTIVATES

    AND FASCINATES MY

    STUDENTS. MANY HAVE

    SUDDENLY REALIZED HOW

    MUCH THOUGHT AND

    VISION GOES INTO THE

    TECHNOLOGY THAT WE

    USE EVERY DAY. AND FEW

    THINGS INSPIRE STUDENTS

    AS MUCH AS A PROJECT

    WHERE THEY MAKE THEIR

    VERY OWN SOPHISTICATED

    PRODUCT.

    TobiasBauer,high-schoolengineeringteacheratGymnasium

    BayreutherStraeinWuppertal

  • 5Deutsche Telekom Stiftung

    Engineersaresomeofthemostsought-afterworkersintheworld.However,manyyoungpeoplestillchooseothercareers.Sometimes,itsbecausetheydontknowwhatengineersdo.Some-times,itsbecauseschoolsareunabletonurturedeeperinterestinscienceandtechnologyontheirown.

    Thatisunfortunate:asolidSTEMeduca-tion(science,technology,engineeringandmathematics)andgoodmediaskillsaremoreimportantthaneverbefore.Andnotjustforafuturecareer.Ourglobalizedworldisbecomingincreasinglydigitalizedandengineered.Youngpeoplecanonlybecomevaluedmembersofsocietywithfulfillinglivesandsuccessfulcareersiftheylearnbasicscience,technologyandcomputingskillsaspartoftheirgeneraleducation.

    Unique, Successful ModelTheJuniorEngineerAcademypreparesyoungpeopleforanincreasinglydigital,engineeredworld.

    Knowingthis,DeutscheTelekomStiftungdecidedin2005todeveloptheJuniorEngineerAcademy.TheJEAisauniquelyhands-onmodelforteachingstudentsscienceandengineeringinahighlyrelata-bleway.Studentsindependentlydevelopsolutionstoreal-lifeengineeringproblemsandacquireanewfoundinterestinsci-enceandtechnologyintheprocess.

    Today,overtenyearsaftertheprogrambegan,theJuniorEngineerAcademyisahighlyregardedsuccessfulmodel.Over3,500studentsaged13to15haveattendedJuniorEngineerAcademies.Manyofthembenefitedtremendouslyfromtheexperiencewhenchoosingcareersorcollegeprograms.

    DeutscheTelekomStiftungsharesitsknowledgeandprojectexperiencewithallGermanandinternationalschoolsinter-estedingivingtheirstudentsanentirelynewperspectiveonscienceandtechnol-ogybynetworkingwithcompaniesanduniversities.

    JUNIOR ENGINEER ACADEMYJEA

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    Moststudentshavenoideawhatengi-neersdoorhowelectricvehicles,steelplantsorrobotswork.Buttheseareevery-daytopicsforstudentsataJuniorEngi-neerAcademy.Thehands-onapproachshowstheteenagershowengineersandscientistsresearchandworknotjustintheory,butinpracticeaswell.

    AJuniorEngineerAcademycreatesspaceintheschoolscheduleforaninterdisci-plinaryscienceandtechnologyclass.Beingatwo-yearprogram,JEAisfirmlyintegratedintheschoolcurriculum.Mostimportantly,ithastheschoolsworkwithcompaniesanduniversitiesinteachingthematerial.

    Favorite Class: Engineering!EveryJuniorEngineerAcademyrevolvesaroundcombiningtheoryandpracticeinanexcitingway.

    Thechoiceofmaterialisentirelyuptotheschools.Manyprojectscanbevehiclesforteachingscienceandtechnologytopicsinanaccessibleway:fromprogrammingamobileapptobuildingaphotovoltaicsys-tem.Close,frequentcontactwithprojectpartnersgivesstudentsuniqueinsightintopossiblecareersorstudycourses.TheycannetworkwithtrainingmanagersandtraineesatparticipatingcompaniesorexploreSTEMmajorsandexperiencecol-legelifeatpartneruniversities.

    SettingupaJuniorEngineerAcademyobviouslyhelpsstudentsandteachers.Whatssurprising,though,ishowmuchithelpstheentireschool.Thenewclasscreatespermanentlinksbetweenschoolsandcompaniesoruniversitiesandhelpstodevelopaspecificprofileinscienceandengineering.

    DeutscheTelekomStiftung

  • 7Deutsche Telekom Stiftung

    JUNIOR ENGINEER ACADEMYJEA

    Excitingprojectscomefrompartnershipswithcompaniesanduniversities.Herearesixexamples:

    Walking on MarsSpace:thefinalfrontier.InAachen,juniorengineerscanstrideacrosstheRedPlanetinalifelikesimulationonthelocaluni-versitysholodeck.Theteenag-ersalsogettobuildandprogramtheirownrobotswithexpertguid-ancefromscientistsandengi-neersathigh-techcompanies.

    Good ConnectionsGluecanholdtogetherobjectsaslargeasacarbody,asstudentsatahighschoolnearBremenlearnfromindustrypartnerMercedesBenz.Theteensapplytheirnew-foundknowledgetobuildingcarmodelsoftheirownalongwithacrashtrackfortestingthesturdi-nessoftheirdesigns.

    From Ore to Steel Solar SailingStudentsinindustrializedDuis-

    burgnotonlylearnhoworeandcoalbecomesteel,buttheygettomakepigironthemselvesallthankstoafurnacesimulatoratthelocaluniversity.Theironisthenforgedforaslongasitshot.

    Studentsatanacademicsecond-aryschoolnearBonnlaunchedtheirownhome-madespeed-boat.Theboatwaspoweredbyfoursolarmodulesinstalledbythestudentsthemselves.Inaddi-tiontoroamingtheRhineforsev-eralhours,thevesselwasthenalsopresentedatanenergyfairandreachedthefinalroundoftheFocusstudentcompetition.

    The RainmakersElectrifyingThejuniorengineersatahigh

    schoolnearColognearelearn-ingaboutwindandtheweather.TheyvisittheweatherdeskatTVstationRTLtoseefirst-handhowmeteorologicaldataissiftedandanalyzedtoproduceadailyweatherforecast.Stationemploy-eesthenhelpthempreparetheirownweatherforecastsandtrytheirhandatpresentingtheminthestudio.

    JuniorEngineersfromtheRhine-landexperiencedahigh-voltageprogram.Inthethemesessiononpowerengineeringandsup-ply,thestudentsfromaschoolinMoerswereabletotakeafirst-handlookattheday-to-dayworkatalocalpowerutility.Thehighpointofthedaywasjustthat:thestudentsgottheopportunitytoclimbapowerpylonthemselves.

  • 8 DeutscheTelekomStiftung

    MoreandmoreGermanschoolshavelaunchedJuniorEngineerAcademiesbecausetheymakelearningabouttech-nologyfun,accessibleandhands-on.Theirtrackrecordisimpressive,too.In2016,DeutscheTelekomStiftungdecidedtosharethebenefitsofthisuniquepro-gramwithschoolsinCentral,EasternandSoutheasternEurope,particularlyinAlba-nia,Croatia,theCzechRepublic,Greece,Hungary,Poland,RomaniaandSlovakia.

    JEA Goes EuropeanThisuniqueprojectiscomingtoschoolsandstudentsoutsideGermany.

    ExistingJEAsinGermanyareusedtoestablishinternationalschoolpartner-shipsinwhichbothsidescollaborateonscienceandtechnologyprojects.Inaddi-tiontoacquiringengineeringknow-how,studentsandteachersalsogettoimprovetheirinterculturalandforeignlanguageskills.

    Thecollaborationconsistsofthefollowingactivities:

    TeachersfromGermanyandthepartnercountriesvisitoneanotherinordertoprepareforexchanges.

    Duringanexchange,studentsatthepartnerschoolscollaborateonengi-neeringprojects.

    TeachersfromthepartnercountriescanattendtheGermanprojectnetworksannualconferencesandsharetheirJEAexperienceswithcolleagues.

    SchoolsinpartnercountriescangetintouchwithschoolsinGermanythroughacontactseminar.

  • 9Deutsche Telekom Stiftung

    Inthisproject,DeutscheTelekomStiftungcooperateswithtwoGermaninstitutionsthathavealongtrackrecord,extensiveexperienceandalargenetworkofforeignschools:

    Educational Exchange ServiceSince1952,theEducationalExchangeService(PdagogischerAustausch-dienstorPAD)hasbeentheonlygovern-mentinstitutioninvolvedininternationalexchangesandscholasticcollaborationundertheauspicesofthestateministersofeducationandculturalaffairs.PADhasbeenthenationalagencyforEUschoolprogramssince1995aswell.

    Central Agency for German Schools AbroadTheCentralAgencyforGermanSchoolsAbroademploysapprox.90staffmem-bersand50advisorstoadvanceitsinter-nationalmission.Itprovidesstaffingandfinancialsupportforaround1,200schoolsworldwide,including140Germanschoolsabroadthataregenerallyman-agedinpublic-privatepartnerships.Theseinstitutionsarestaffedbyabout2,000foreignserviceteachers,programteach-ersandadvisors.Whileworkingabroad,theseindividualsreceiveorganizational,educationalandfinancialassistancefromtheCentralAgencyforGermanSchoolsAbroad.

    JUNIOR ENGINEER ACADEMYJEA

    GERMANY

    POLAND

    CZECH REPUBLIC SLOVAKIA

    HUNGARY

    ALBANIA

    CROATIA

    ROMANIA

    GREECE

  • 10 Deutsche Telekom Stiftung

    RebeccaSchller,JEAstudentatAlexander-von-Humboldt-

    GymnasiuminSchweinfurt

    WE GET TO TRY OUT A LOT

    OF THINGS OURSELVES IN

    THE JEA: WE LEARN HOW

    TO USE MEASURING IN-

    STRUMENTS AND BUILD

    ROBOTS THAT TRACK THE

    SUN. I LIKE THE FACT THAT

    WE CAN EXPLORE CAREERS

    THAT WE HAD NEVER EVEN

    HEARD OF. THATS A GOOD

    ENOUGH REASON FOR ME

    TO S