Optimization Group

The future of STEM learning

Creating simulations of evacuation or the spread of diseases, or using augmented reality to accompany laboratory experiments - innovative technology and digital media inspire students and teachers and enliven modern STEM lessons. To ensure that teaching and learning processes are positively influenced in the long term, didactic concepts for the use of digital media must be developed.

The Optimization working group (Prof. Dr. Stefan Ruzika) coordinates the research project "TUK SmartLabs: Interdisciplinary teaching and learning with digital media by networking STEM teaching-learning labs", which is funded by a grant from the Telekom Foundation. Together with partners from the departments of biology, chemistry, mechanical and process engineering, physics, spatial and environmental planning, and the Center for Teacher Education, innovative concepts for the "future of STEM learning" are being developed and researched.

The TU Kaiserslautern team is cooperating in a research network with Humboldt University Berlin, Christian Albrechts University Kiel, Koblenz-Landau University and the University of Würzburg. These five universities were selected from 26 competitors in a nationwide call for proposals and will receive funding of 1.6 million euros until 2021. Together, new teaching concepts and learning environments are being developed and tested so that future-proof technologies can be used in a methodologically and didactically meaningful way in good STEM teaching.

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