International Expert Workshop: STEM Subjects

STEM-Subjects-WorkshopInternational Expert Workshop for German as a Foreign Language for the STEM Subjects

Herr Piwek, an MGIS teacher, was invited to participate in an international expert workshop at the Universität Leipzig in Germany this summer. He was one of 43 teachers from the U.S. , Germany, and Switzerland who discussed how to connect the teaching of the German language with the teaching of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, the so-called STEM subjects.
It is estimated that there will be more than 1.2 million job openings in the United States in STEM-related occupations by 2015, but that there will be too few qualified college graduates to fill these careers. By encouraging our students to develop interests in these subjects together with their German language skills, we not only help the United States to remain globally competitive, but also provide them with the foundations for a fulfilling and rewarding career.
This symposium was a first step to learn about cross-curricular approaches, the foundations of teaching and learning, materials, and assessments of STEM subjects in a German language program. Herr Piwek facilitated a section on learning materials at this workshop, and he is grateful for the support the German Immersion Foundation provided to partially pay for his participation in this professional learning opportunity.

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