Constructor University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) celebrated another year of MINTernational workshops on campus at Constructor University from January 22nd-26th. The joint program offered high school students from Bremen and the local region the opportunity to ignite their passion for STEM subjects.
Local high school students in their last two years of high school (Abitur) were able to deepen their knowledge with exciting projects and learned about innovative teaching methods in the Global Teaching Labs. Workshops were offered in the areas of physics, chemistry, and robotics. They were held by professors, but also students, of Constructor University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
"I am very happy that I had the opportunity to take part in these workshops," says Hazim Saleem. The Constructor University chemistry student was one of those who, together with students from MIT, taught physics, chemistry and robotics to pupils from Bremen and Lower Saxony for a week in January.
Thirty-eight high school students took part in the MINTernational workshops this year. "Our aim was not to teach them as much chemistry as possible, but to show them the many possibilities of this subject," says Hazim. "We also wanted them to get an impression of life at an international and multicultural university.”
Led by Hazim and his partner Lucy Kanias from MIT, the group dealt with questions from the fields of environmental chemistry, biotechnology and nanochemistry. Fundamental questions of ethics and the limits of science were also discussed. Prof. Dr. Ulrich Kortz was available as an advisor for the chemistry workshops. Jingyu Park and Prof. Dr. Jürgen Fritz led the physics workshops, Veronika Sirotkina and Egor Sheremetov worked together with Prof. Dr. Kirill Krinkin in the robotics workshops.
Dr. Freia Hardt, Director of Student Affairs, praised the long-standing commitment of the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation and was pleased about additional funding from the company JetBrains, which supported the MINTernational workshops for the first time: "Together, we have once again succeeded in showing young ambitious people global perspectives in the natural sciences and engineering and potentially winning them over for a future in these areas."
The workshops, mostly about physics, chemistry and robotics, were held by Constructor University and MIT students guided by CU professors with the aim of sparking interest of the high school students in the STEM fields (source: Constructor University).
About the MINTernational partners:
Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation
The non-profit foundation enables tomorrow's researchers to take their first steps in science, whether at school or at university. A central goal is to promote the exchange between science, business and society, and to make it clear that science is made by people for people.
JetBrains creates intelligent software development tools used by over 15 million professionals. Since 2000, the company has built a product catalog that covers all stages of the software development cycle, including IDEs and tools for CI/CD and collaboration.
About Constructor University:
Founded in 2001, Constructor University is a top-ranked, English-language, private university, with a campus in Bremen, Germany. With its interdisciplinary approach, advanced digital learning tools and accredited programs, it equips students with fundamental knowledge, critical thinking and practical skills to build their professional career and address the world’s most pressing challenges.
The University emphasizes a synergetic and entrepreneurial spirit, offering program mentoring from top-tier professors and industry experts. Partner collaborations include the Constructor Institute in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, Carnegie Mellon, the National University of Singapore, the University of Geneva, and industry references such as JetBrains and ChemDiv.
Internationality and diversity lie at the heart of Constructor University, with more than 110 nations at its vibrant and close-knit campus community in Bremen. There, students enjoy active campus life, with access to clubs, professional networks and academic counselling, essential to their personal and academic growth.
Research-centric faculty projects at the University are funded by the German Research Foundation, the European Union's Framework Program for Research and Innovation, and globally leading companies.
The greater Constructor Knowledge ecosystem includes Constructor University in Bremen, Germany, and Constructor Institute in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. It is a provider of education services with education tools, worldwide traditional and online educational services, as well as advisory and strategic services to education customers in the fields of student recruitment, communications, and marketing support.
For more information: www.constructor.university
Commercial registry: Amtsgericht Bremen, HRB 18117
Chairs of the Executive Board: Dr. Stanislav Protasov (President), Oznur Bell (Chancellor)Managing Directors : Prof. Dr. Thomas Auf der Heyde, Maja Laetitia Feldt, Bastian Schmidt-Faber Chairman of the Board of Governors : Dr. Serg Bell