Thank you to Cordula Weiss, Jens Hillebrand, Mathias Senge and Stefan Scheurer, German scientists living in Ireland who visited St. Kilian’s recently to present their projects to our Sek-I students through German.
This visit was organised through the Native Scientist initiative, a network of international scientists who promote science and language integrated learning on a voluntary basis.
Our 8th and 9th class students were divided into groups and introduced to the work of each Scientist for about 25 minutes. They provided a great deal of illustrative material and gave the pupils an insight into possible fields of work or research in the are of natural sciences.
The Scientists work in the fields of biochemistry, genetics and materials science and were able to create a reference to the students’ theoretical knowledge. Our students were very interested in the topics presented, such as the use of 3D printing for the production of prostheses, as well as the research project in the field of genetics, which studies mutations in fruit flies.
As a big highlight the students were allowed to make a small toothbrush robot at the end of the 1.5 hour event, which then “danced” across the desks.