New work­shops on sus­tain­ab­il­ity in en­gin­eer­ing for the school lab and all of OWL

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Satisfied faces among the master's students in engineering didactics after successfully testing their workshops on sustainability. At the beginning of the semester, the group was given the task of developing three workshops in which young people could experience how engineering can make significant contributions to important social issues of the future, such as resource conservation.

In the workshop on plastic recycling, beverage bottle caps were crushed and melted down, measuring electrical energy and temperature, and creating new key chains. In the workshop on aerodynamics, homemade shapes, animal figures and vehicles were tested for their "wind resistance" in a miniature wind tunnel. In the repair workshop, defective device parts such as the battery cover of a remote control were measured, sketched, constructed and reprinted with the 3D printer.

The workshop development was part of a technology didactics seminar within the master's degree program in teaching at vocational colleges of electrical and mechanical engineering. The students were asked to put into practice the skills and abilities they had acquired in their bachelor's studies and to reflect on them in a literature-based manner. They received professional input through a visit to the Hanover Fair and through expert interviews with scientific staff from the engineering department of the University of Paderborn. In the future, the new modules will be available for groups of students in the coolMINT.paderborn student lab. In addition, they will be included in the so-called MINTmachPOOL as part of the BMBF-funded project MINT 4.OWL and offered as mobile courses throughout OWL. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Katrin Temmen, head of the Department of Didactics of Technology, who developed this seminar concept for the master's students and implemented it with them, is pleased: "With these new workshops, the topic of sustainability becomes tangible for the young people in the truest sense of the word. At the same time, they learn how the engineering sciences at the University of Paderborn make an important contribution to the social issues of the future."

Foto (Fachgebiet Technikdidaktik): Zufriedene Gesichter nach der Workshoperprobung bei den Masterstudierenden des Lehramts am Berufskolleg der beruflichen Fachrichtungen Elektrotechnik und Maschinenbautechnik und Prof. Dr.-Ing. Katrin Temmen (links)
Foto (Fachgebiet Technikdidaktik): Schlüsselanhänger aus Getränkeflaschendeckeln als Beispiel für Kunststoffrecycling
Foto:(Fachgebiet Technikdidaktik): Eine selbstgeknetete Form wird durch ein Slow Motion Video im Miniaturwindkanal getestet
Foto (Fachgebiet Technikdidaktik): Ein defektes Geräteteil wird vermessen, um es für den 3D-Druck zu konstruieren