News of the Student Laboratory
From 28.04. to 01.05. the MNU Federal Congress took place in Koblenz under the theme "MINT teaching in change".
Our colleague Vanessa Lang had the opportunity to listen to exciting lectures and try out the latest concepts in innovative workshops for four days. In the opening lecture by Prof. Dr. Amitabh Banerji (University of Potsdam), exciting experiments conveyed promising ideas about hydrogen as an energy carrier. On all days, participants could attend lectures or workshops between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and take part in the supporting programme (tours and excursions) or find inspiration for their own teaching in the teaching and learning materials exhibition. On Saturday evening, Vincent Ebert enlightened the visitors with his plenary lecture on the question of why the world is not predictable and how we can use that. On Sunday evening, the informal get-together took place at the MNU evening in the Weindorf near the Deutsches Eck in Koblenz.
The weekend was certainly enriching for all participants due to the very extensive range of lectures and workshops from the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science.
Further information on the MNU National Congress: bundeskongress-2022.mnu.de/index.php/programm
Further information on the Association for the Promotion of MINT Education (MNU): www.mnu.de
Picture: Opening lecture by Prof. Dr. Amitabh Banerji
Education trade fair didacta 2023
This year, the large education trade fair didacta 2023 took place in Stuttgart. Three of our employees visited the 850 exhibitors in six halls. They were able to test out technical innovations for face-to-face or hybrid teaching or pick up inspiration for enriching teaching-learning scenarios from exhibitors of teaching materials. In addition, contact was once again made with the partner project MILeNa (MINT teacher development programme for young teachers at RWTH Aachen University, among others, link: https://www.milena.physik.rwth-aachen.de/wordpress/) was established. We are now making a second attempt to establish the project in Saarland in the coming school year 23/24. More information will follow shortly.
Special thanks go to the teaching materials manufacturer PHYWE, who kindly provided free tickets for our visit.
18th Lernort Labor (LeLa) Annual Conference
At the beginning of March, our staff attended the 18th annual Lernort Labor (LeLa) conference in Göttingen.
Departure was on Sunday 5 March in Saarbrücken. In the evening there was an interesting lecture about James Bond in the view of physics. Here, for example, the questions were dealt with how it could be possible for James Bond to walk over crocodiles or whether it is possible to kill people by coating them with gold.
On Monday, the conference started with greetings from the university president, the mayor and the board of the LeLa Federal Association. Afterwards, our staff took part in various lectures. Afterwards, the poster session started. We participated with two posters: on the Escape Lab and on the newly developed EduBreakout "Professor Nawi".
On Tuesday, before we left, there were more lectures and the prize-winners' sessions, in which this year's award-winning projects of the various LeLa prizes were presented. One award-winning project in the category "Experiment of the Year" was "Climate Protection in a Teacup". All award winners can be read at https://www.lernortlabor.de/LernortLabor/LeLa-Preis.
Thank you for an exciting conference and many impressions.
Trial studies in Chemistry at Saarland University
This year, the Chemistry Department at Saarland University is once again offering a trial course. This gives pupils the opportunity to get to know chemistry studies on the Saarbrücken campus.
Two dates are offered:
Date 1: 24.07. to 28.07.- Application deadline: 05.06 and
Date 2: 28.08. to 01.09. - Application deadline: 10.07
The number of places is limited to 30 in each case!
The application form and more information can be found on our homepage.
The programme is aimed at students who are doing their Abitur this year or next year and are interested in scientific phenomena. On Mondays we start with an introduction and on the following days there are theoretical and practical phases on different topics such as inorganic, macromolecular, organic and physical chemistry.
If you have any questions in advance, please contact us via social media or by email atprobestudium-chemie(at)uni-saarland.de .
GDCP ESD focus conference at the Academy Centre of the TU Munich in Raitenhaslach
In recent decades, the topic of sustainability has increasingly moved into the focus of public life, not least triggered by debates on climate change and other global crises. Therefore, the GDCP focus conference on "Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) - Focus Conference on Current Research and Development Projects" took place in Raitenhaslach from 13 to 15 February 2023. The overall aim of the conference is to work out a common vision of ESD in the didactics of physics and biology. Science didactics.
Our colleague, Vanessa Lang, took part in the conference and presented her visions in connection with ESD on a profile, which encouraged exchange with other researchers in the context of a gallery walk. The conference opened with a lecture by Prof. Dr. Marco Rieckmann (University of Vechta) entitled "An Educational Scientific View of Education for Sustainable Development". The three intensive days were concluded with a bar camp, where, among other things, the question was explored to what extent (over-)disciplinarity in physics or chemistry is conducive to education for sustainable development. The results were summarised in a graphic organiser.
4th Digital Education Day
On 8 March, the Digital Education Day will take place again. Digital educational media and their possible applications will be presented.
In addition to the online offers, there will also be a limited on-site offer. The day starts at 9 am and is divided into three workshop phases. The registration deadline is 27 February.
In the third workshop phase, the student labs and teaching-learning facilities of Saarland University will be presented. In this phase, we will present the NanoBioLab school laboratory. The target group is teachers and student teachers. We offer the opportunity to visit two days a week with a class (4 to 13). In the lab, the students can solve the tasks adapted to the curriculum through independent experimentation.
We are looking forward to the workshop and many questions!
Further information and registration can be found here:
New NanoBioLab Science School: Marienschule Saarbrücken
On 2 February, the launch event for the ceremonial signing of the cooperation agreement as NanoBioLab Science School took place at the Mareinschule in Saarbrücken.
The Marienschule Saarbrücken supports its pupils in individualisation, pluralisation, globalisation and medialisation. Chemistry lessons focus on experiments.
We are looking forward to deepening our cooperation!
Further information about the Marienschule and other partner schools can be found here.
News from 2022
In the winter semester 2022/ 2023, the Children's University of Saarland will take place under the theme "Space Worlds". Lectures on various topics will be held on four dates.
The NanoBioLab will be present on all dates with a stand in front of the Audimax! We will inform interested parties about the NanoBioLab school laboratory and children can observe exciting experiments.
On Wednesday, 14.12.2022, astronaut Dr. Matthias Maurer answered the question "How to become an astronaut" and we were there!
Before the lecture, we showed experiments with indicators, dry ice (solid carbon dioxide) and liquid nitrogen.
Further information on the Children's University:https://www.kinderuni.saarland/aktuelles-programm
The national initiative "MINT Zukunft schaffen" (Creating a STEM Future) annually honours schools throughout Germany that place an emphasis on STEM education. These selected schools are then allowed to bear the title "MINT-friendly school". Since STEM promotion is difficult to separate from aspects of digitalisation, digitalisation efforts are also recognised with the award, which carries the title "digital school". Prof. Dr. Christopher Kay and staff member Vanessa Lang were able to take part in this year's award ceremony as MINT ambassadors and personally congratulate the representatives of the award-winning schools.
This year, a total of 18 schools in Saarland were awarded the title of STEM-friendly or digital school, most of which were even recertified, i.e. received the title for at least the second time. Four NanoBioLab Science Schools were also among the honoured schools:
Albert-Einstein-Gymnasium, Völklingen (MINT-friendly school) // Albertus-Magnus-Realschule St. Ingbert (MINT-friendly school) // Gemeinschaftsschule Schaumberg, Theley (STEM-friendly school and digital school) // Technisch-Wissenschaftliches Gymnasium, Dillingen (MINT-friendly school)
We congratulate our partner schools and all other awarded schools on their titles and thank them for their great commitment to STEM and digitalisation.
Press release of the initiative "MINT Zukunft schaffen" on the award:https://mintzukunftschaffen.de/2022/11/21/auszeichnung-mint-freundliche-schulen-und-digitale-schulen-im-saarland-2022/
Further information on the initiative "MINT Zukunft schaffen" at:https://mintzukunftschaffen.de
Further information on the NanoBioLab Science Schools.
On Thursday, 27.10.22, 20 students from grades 9-11 were at the NanoBioLab as part of the 7 Student Laboratory Tour.
The tour offers interested students the opportunity to visit various STEM laboratories for a week during the autumn holidays and to experiment on a wide range of topics.
This year, a water analysis was carried out in the NanoBioLab. First, samples were taken from the pond in front of the university's botanical garden, which were then analysed in the laboratory for their oxygen, ammonium or phosphate content, for example. At the end, the data obtained was jointly evaluated and the water quality was assessed.
Finally, a nitrogen show was performed, during which the students could see that working in a chemistry laboratory has many more facets to offer.
You can find more detailed information about the 7 labs tour and the entire programme at https://www.uni-saarland.de/studieren/schueler/alle-klassen/7-labore-tour.html .
From 11-15 September, five of our staff members took part in the annual conference of the Society for Didactics of Chemistry and Physics (GDCP) in Aachen. In addition to networking in the community and exchanging ideas with colleagues from other disciplines, our students presented their theses in the form of scientific posters and thus contributed to the scientific exchange. Our didactics PhD student Vanessa Lang presented her dissertation project in an exciting talk to get feedback from other colleagues. The conference was accompanied by an interesting social programme: The exciting guided tour through the old town and the conference dinner in the Coronation Hall of the City Hall provided unforgettable impressions of the tradition-steeped city of Aachen.
During the conference, fruitful contacts were made and many impressions were gained. We are looking forward to the next conference!
Further information on the Society for Didactics of Chemistry and Physics can be found on the homepage: https://gdcp-ev.de
During the autumn holidays, Saarland University will be hosting the "Seven Laboratory Tour" holiday programme. The programme is aimed at students in the 9th to 11th grade who are interested in technology and the natural sciences. In the school labs, you can try things out for yourself, do research and participate, because experimentation is the top priority here!
One of the seven labs is our school lab, the NanoBioLab! Here, on Thursdays, you will conduct an exciting series of experiments on the topic of water analysis to determine the water quality of a nearby body of water.
Important: Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis! Early registration is worthwhile and is only possible until 16 September!
The registration form can be found on the 7-Labore-Tour website.
All information and further details about the programme can be found herehttps://www.uni-saarland.de/studieren/schueler/alle-klassen/7-labore-tour.html
On Friday, July 29, the NanoBioLab participated in the MoDiSaar Project Campus with two exciting workshops. The vacation program on digitalization was aimed at students from 3rd to 10th grade. Our staff member Vanessa Lang offered workshops that not only encouraged independent experimentation but also the use of digital media in the natural sciences.
On the one hand, the students discovered interesting phenomena related to air, which they documented in digital form and explained themselves. Secondly, the students distinguished between chemical substances on the basis of their properties. With the help of an iPad, they summarized the experiments they had conducted themselves in digital fact sheets.
Further information can be found on the homepage of the MoDiSaar project:https://modisaar.cs.uni-saarland.de
Last week, the 19th UniCamp took place at Saarland University. This offers eighth and ninth grade girls insights into various natural sciences. Several disciplines from the MINT area offer an exciting program to arouse interest in professions in this field.
On Thursday, the 20 participating female students visited the NanoBioLab and competed in groups in the "CHEMpetition" to choose the winning team, the "CHEMpions." The "CHEMpetition" is a competition in which various experimental goals, such as making a cold pack or recreating an eruption-capable volcano, must be achieved in five rounds. The students were supported by digital tools in the form of augmented reality.
More information about UniCamp and the current dates can be found at:https://www.uni-saarland.de/verwaltung/gleichstellung/gender-equality-mint/unicamp.html
There is a lot to see in Saarbrücken at the Kultstadtfest weekend, July 15-17, 2022: Concerts, restaurants, guided tours, family program and an insight into science!
In the rooms of Saarbrücker Schloss, three student labs of Saarland University will present themselves, among them us: the NanoBioLab student laboratory!
Come by and learn about fascinating chemical phenomena! We are looking forward to seeing you!
More details about the Kultstadtfest and the program can be found here: https://kultstadtfest.saarbruecken.de
Around 1000 young interested people visited the first technology fair "make-it.saarland" in the East Side Fab and in the courtyard of the neighbouring building complex on Eschberger Weg in Saarbrücken. It was a mixture of "youth research", family outing and technology lesson this weekend.
At the stands of more than 40 exhibitors, visitors were able to immerse themselves in the diverse and fascinating world of technology and other topics. We, the NanoBioLab school laboratory, offered exciting hands-on experiments on the topic of chemistry at our stand.
'Amazing experiments were shown to visitors on a stage in the courtyard - like those of the Nano-Bio-Lab of Saarland University, which school classes can visit at any time. Chemistry teacher Heike Luxenburger-Becker demonstrated what you can do with liquid nitrogen cooled down to minus 196 degrees - for example, hammering a nail into a board with a shock-frozen orange.' (SZ 06.05.22)
Click here for a video of the fair:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3jtY74vOyI
With the motto "Fascination with Natural Sciences and Technology", the UniCamp for female pupils from Saarland schools in grades 8 and 9 interested in science and technology takes place every year during the summer holidays at Saarland University. The next UniCamp will take place this year from 25 to 29 July 2022.
The 20 schoolgirls will get to know the chemistry department at our NanoBioLab. Here they have the opportunity to gain an insight into laboratory work through independent experimentation.
Information on the UniCamp and registration:https://www.uni-saarland.de/verwaltung/gleichstellung/gender-equality-mint/unicamp.html
Registration deadline for this year's UniCamp is 6 June!
Prof. Dr. Christopher Kay answered this question on Wednesday, 4 May, at the Children's University in front of about 500 astonished boys and girls.
From burning banknotes to the dependence of the colour of light or flame on the wavelength, colleague Vanessa Lang talked about combustion with flames in the first half of the lecture. Through the experiments, the children recognised the common factor in all combustion: Oxygen. Annika Eichinger then explained to the children what 'cold combustion' is, so combustion without a flame. We all know this kind of combustion: rust. The effect of cold combustion was demonstrated with a model car with a fuel cell.
The lecture was concluded with a dramatic addition by the combustion of lycopod spores.
The fair for makers in Saarland
Two days of tinkering, crafting, experimenting. This summer it's going to be technical, innovative and sustainable - The festival around new technologies and trendy topics for young and old.
We, the NanoBiolab student laboratory of the UdS, will also be there!
What do we have prepared?
On both days there will be exciting hands-on experiments on chemistry/ STEM topics. In addition, there will be a fascinating show on liquid nitrogen at 12:30 pm each day.
More information about Make it and registration can be found here:https://make-it.saarland.
We encounter burns all the time in everyday life: from burning candle wax to burning gasoline in the car. But are these burns all the same and do we always need a flame to burn them? We want to get to the bottom of these questions based on impressive experiments from the perspective of chemistry.
The Children's University in the summer semester of 2022 will focus on the topic of "Experimental Worlds" in three lectures. Registration closes at 9:00 a.m. on April 26, 2022.
For more information and to register, visit the Kinderuni page: https://kinderuni.saarland/anmeldung
Girls Day on 04/28/2022 is an annual opportunity for female students in grades 8 and up to get a taste of science and technology. This year, Saarland University has once again put together an exciting program and the NanoBioLab is once again a part of it.
2022 - The world is threatened by a new virus and needs to be saved. And where better to do that than in the lab? Through thrilling experiments and clever combination of clues, a combination lock must be cracked in three hours to get the antidote. Can humanity be saved by you?
If you are interested, you can find more information on the Girls Day website: https://www.girls-day.de/
We are looking forward to seeing you!
The mission statement of the Schaumberg School is: "Living sustainably together, experiencing new things and shaping life paths". Among other things, the students are supported in the STEM subjects.
Further information can be found here.
Last week we were at the Gymnasium am Schloss in Saarbrücken for the plaque handover and to discuss possible joint projects within this cooperation.
We are looking forward to deepening the cooperation!
More information can be found here.
Last week we were at the Peter-Wust Gymnasium in Merzig for the plaque handover and to discuss possible joint projects within this cooperation.
We are looking forward to deepening our cooperation!
More information about the Peter-Wust Gymnasium and other partner schools can be found here.
News from 2021
The NanoBioLab team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2022.
Stay healthy and enjoy the holidays!
The Gemeinschaftsschule Gersheim offers science lessons already from grade 5. From grade 9 on, the subjects are then divided into chemistry, physics and biology.
Click here for more information.
From July 26 to 30, 2021, the Unicamp will take place on the campus of the UdS! The program is aimed at girls in grades 8 and 9 and has the motto: "Fascination with science and technology".
On the second day, the girls will be with us in the NanoBioLab and will be allowed to experiment on their own.
For more information about the Unicamp: http://unicamp.uni-saarland.de/unicamp/