MINT region West Palatinate

MINT-Region Westpfalz
[MINT region West Palatinate]

Quelle: Körber-Stiftung/Jann Wilken

STEM skills form the basis for the economic future opportunities of our region. Reason enough for us to put the promotion of these skills and enthusiasm for STEM topics on our agenda. This does not only focus on the next generation for technical courses of study. The opportunities offered by the numerous apprenticeships that build on previous technical knowledge are also highlighted.

After being named one of seven "MINT-Plus Regions" nationwide by the Stifterverband and the Körber Foundation in early 2017 and receiving funding for a number of promising projects, such as the expansion of the MINT Hub Rhineland-Palatinate to the West Palatinate, we are now launching a BMBF-funded project to strengthen and network STEM education in the region at the end of 2022.

The goal of the "MINT-Region Westpfalz" project is to get children and young people between the ages of 10 and 16 excited about STEM topics and to promote their skills. During a project period of initially three years, the numerous offers already available are to be made more visible and more easily accessible. To this end, STEM experience sites are being created in the West Palatinate region, where children and young people can experience STEM topics in a very practical way during their free time.

If possible, experience locations are to be created in the "Dynamikum Pirmasens", in the "Kompetenzzentrum Umwelt-Technik-Soziales" at the Gartenschau in Kaiserslautern and in the planned "Medi-O-Thek" in Zweibrücken. Further experience locations are planned, in order to bring offers above all also into the rural area and to reach children and young people, where they are anyway already. In collaboration with universities, companies and other institutions, an exciting program is being created to encourage children and young people to get to grips with scientific and technical issues.

Project period: since the end of 2015

Projektpartner: Technische Universität Kaiserslautern | Hochschule Kaiserslautern | Körber-Stiftung | MINT-Geschäftsstelle Rheinland-Pfalz | IHK Pfalz | HWK Pfalz | Science and Innovation Alliance Kaiserslautern | Wissensfabrik | IB Südwest gGmbH | Dynamikum Pirmasens e.V. | Bildungsbüro Stadt Kaiserslautern and more.