At the Universität zu Lübeck, our Academy of Pupils strives to awaken interest in natural sciences and engineering among pupils and to especially foster keen and talented pupils over the long-term. We pursue five initiatives and are funded by the Possehl Foundation.
The KiMM initiative is designed to give children and adolescents the opportunity today to work with digital and interactive media from tomorrow. All KiMM projects seek to embed contemporary media expertise in the education programme. Accordingly, the projects use Web-based and mobile systems to expand the physical learning space for kids and adolescents aged 5–19. Through this initiate, we provide teachers from the KiMM Media Lab, Web-based learning modules, a communications platform and a room for digital projects.
Under the LIaS programme, we support and motivate pupils to develop and expand their interest in informatics and its fields of application. Our effort also encompasses computer camps and work groups offering interdisciplinary projects from the Web, the media, medicine, robotics and telematics. LIaS also advises schools and teachers on how to conceive modern informatics classes at Lübeck schools.
LILa gives pupils from the Holstein region their first insight into medical engineering issues. We use diverse projects to draw the attention of as many upper level pupils as possible. Our purpose is to make them aware of traditional natural sciences as a necessary and extremely crucial tool for developing medical engineering applications.
The goal of our LIMα initiative is to reach a broad base of keen and talented pupils in forms 3–13, build up solid sponsorships and foster their interest for careers in mathematics, informatics, natural sciences and engineering (MINT). We have math clubs with workgroups and math days in our programme, supplemented by a Math Olympics event, a summer school and excursions to companies.
Presently, through LoLa we have 22 laboratory courses for pupils in forms 8–13, covering subjects like biology and chemistry (e.g., cellular biology, microbiology, cytogenetics, molecular genetics, biotech, phylogenetics, protein biochemistry, enzyme kinetics, designing active ingredients). Each course includes a seminar on the techniques and their social relevance. Keen pupils can attend advanced LoLa courses during school breaks, join workgroups, or get advice on special projects (e.g., within the “Young Researcher” programme).
A Lübeck citizen is this year’s champion of the National Mathematics Competition – a long-lasting involvement with initiatives by the Academy of Pupils at our Universität zu Lübeck