BCS is “MINT-freundliche Schule” (STEM-friendly School) and “Digitale Schule” (Digital School)

15th November, 2023

We are delighted to share the exciting news that the Berlin Cosmopolitan School, under the leadership of Kathrin Röschel and the expert guidance of Dr. Erika Nehnevajova, has been honored with the prestigious awards of “MINT-freundliche Schule” (STEM-friendly School) and “Digitale Schule” (Digital School) in Berlin.

This recognition was bestowed upon 13 schools in Berlin during a ceremony at the “42 Berlin” (School for Software Development/Coding). The awards were presented by Katharina Günther-Wünsch, the Senator for Education, Youth, and Family in Berlin, and Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel, the Chairman of MINT Zukunft e.V. The titles of “MINT-freundliche Schule” and “Digitale Schule” are valid for three years.

The commendation for “MINT-freundliche Schulen” in Berlin is under the patronage of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (KMK), while the recognition for “Digitale Schulen” is under the patronage of the Federal Minister for Digital and Transport, Dr. Volker Wissing.

The awards ceremony, attended by esteemed figures such as Alexander Rabe from eco Verband, Harald Fisch from MINT Zukunft, and other distinguished guests, highlights the commitment of these schools to innovative approaches in education. The schools not only meet current standards but also actively contribute to shaping the future of education.

As we witness a growing demand for STEM professions, initiatives like these play a crucial role in securing skilled professionals for the future. Kathrin Schwarz, MINT Ambassador and CEO of A.M.M. Gruppe, extends her heartfelt congratulations and gratitude to all educators, collaborators, and MINT advocates for their remarkable and dedicated work.

The event also featured demonstrations by Bernhard Eberl, Onshape Education Customer Success Director and PTC Wellness Ambassador, showcasing various 3D-printed Onshape projects and German-language Easter-Coding learning tutorials created by PTC for the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

In recent years, schools have increasingly embraced the opportunities of digital education, aiming to evolve and drive their own digital transformation. To motivate schools to further refine their digital profiles and integrate informatics content into their teaching, the National Initiative “MINT Zukunft schaffen!” introduced the award “Digitale Schule.”

The awarded “MINT-freundliche Schulen” demonstrate their ability to thoughtfully integrate ad-hoc measures, such as digitization, into the daily school routine. These schools become visible and receive recognition and support from the business sector, emphasizing the importance of MINT education for students, parents, and the wider community.