Germany implemented 21 pilots in schools across the country and actively involved 891 students and 41 teachers. Teachers applied the pilots in their schools, adjusting the suggested good practices to fit their classroom needs. Another 93 teachers were involved during the five coaching sessions of the pilots, while dissemination included a broad range of schools and partners’ networks.
The German pilots included many strong links between schools and research institutes, such as the University of Kiel and the University of Regensburg, as well as big companies like Mercedes-Benz. Next to thinking through questions of sustainability on a very interdisciplinary and practical level, the students got valuable insights on science career possibilities by meeting real researchers. In addition, many projects involved debating and collecting students’ ideas and presenting them to others, thus developing a sense of active citizenship in the students. Some projects had a European perspective, including an exchange with a Greek school and joined project work on the topic of sustainability. At many schools, teachers from different subjects collaborated for the projects on a cross-curricular level.
A number of schools will continue with the projects they developed as pilots, and will also keep and develop the connections they built with out-of-school partners. The pilots in Germany were organised by Jungvornweg, who will continue presenting MARCH's outcomes and key findings of the pilot stage to teachers, educational stakeholders and media representatives.
You can find out more about the individual German pilots implemented in each school and the coach sessions here (pdf). For the full report on the Pilots, including pilots in other countries, pictures, evaluation and conclusions from the pilots, you can download it here (pdf).