NaT-Lab for school children

The NaT-Lab for school children was launched by the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in 2000, following a high demand for such a facility.

The scientific faculties, departments, and institutes of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, the Max Planck Institutes in Mainz, the Ada Lovelace Project, and the various schools involved in the project have bundled their individual activities with the aid of the NaT-Lab for school children, thus extending their capacities.

Thanks to the generous support of the Robert Bosch Foundation, the Ministry of Education, Science, Continuing Education, and Culture, and the Ministry of Education, Women and Youth, the NaT-working laboratory for school children has developed into a very successful project.

At this time, various other faculties of Johannes Gutenberg University offered projects for school children. To bundle these individual initiatives, a joint concept was developed, culminating in the establishment of the interdisciplinary NaT-Lab for school children at Johannes Gutenberg University at the end of 2002. The main aim of the NaT-Lab is to design a consecutive series of courses appropriate to school children in all age groups that will have a long-term effect and the financing of which will be sustainable.
The major policy guidelines are as follows:

  • The acquisition of basic scientific skills
  • Further young talent
  • Developing a long-term interest in science degree courses and/or science-related vocations
  • Opening the university to schools
  • Improving the courses open to student teachers
     

Project management
The project management is handled by Professor Karl Klinkhammer, who also heads the Chemistry Teaching Department. This will ensure the close links between the NaT-Lab and the training offered to students.

Additionally there is an academic advisory council. It consists of members of all the faculties and the management of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

The central contact point is the coordination office. It is currently staffed by 2 half-day employees. The design and implementation of the various projects is handled by the coordination office, in close cooperation with the professors and students in the education departments, sometimes on a fee basis and sometimes as part of their subject-didactic education.