Being the largest natural and engineering science institute in Germany, The German Aerospace Center (DLR) capitalises on the fascination for aeronautics and Space exploration to get children and young people interested in science and technology. DLR has a sense of social duty to promote young researchers and, for this reason, offers a wide spectrum of student and youth programmes:
DLR_School_Lab – Out of school and… into the lab!
DLR_School_Lab familiarises students at non-vocational secondary schools with the practical aspects of natural and engineering science through interesting experiments, the idea being that this will motivate them to pursue their interest in these areas.
The "Jugend forscht" (Young Scientists) competition has been embellished for several years with two special prizes offered by DLR. The prizes in question are, firstly, the "Special Space Exploration Prize", for work which has a particular bearing on space exploration and, secondly, the “Robotics Prize” for entries to do with this technology of the future. The third special prize is awarded in the area of information technology.
As part of a worldwide social initiative, DLR is involved with Girls’Day, a day showcasing future prospects for girls, and gives information on training options and job profiles/perspectives in the aeronautics and space exploration industries.
On Girls'Day, young women can spend their time 'at the coalface' of the day-to-day activities of a technical research institute. This initiative aims to get girls and young women interested in technical subjects in particular and show them that there is a wide-ranging spectrum of professions outside the jobs that were 'traditionally' the preserve of women. It is an attempt to draw the attention of the public to the strengths and capabilities of young women. Girls’Day is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Confederation of German Trade Unions (DGB) and the D21 Initiative, a public/private partnership headed by captains of German industry and business.
The DLR Youth Portal www.dlr.de/next regularly offers information regarding opportunities for schools - from idea competitions to teaching materials.
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