STEM in Berlin

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                      STEM in Berlin
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                      STEM in Berlin
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                      STEM in Berlin

The Concept

STEM workshops at Berlin’s top Universities. Workshops are hands on, conducted by PHD students and range from genetics to android apps to aeronautics and space 

The School Labs are learning centres designed to introduce high school students to current research projects from the fields of genetics, robotics, coding, aeronautics, space, transportation and energy and develop student interest and engagement with the fascination of research. More than 25,000 students participate in these workshops each year at the various universities in Berlin.

This 12-day program is designed to incorporate a series of one-day visits incorporating STEM workshops supplemented by tours and lectures. All workshops are supported by University Science staff and research assistants for small group engagement and can be designed for both junior and senior levels 

STEM

Itinerary Day By Day

DAY 1 Australia- Germany

Depart Australia for Germany

DAY 2 Frankfurt- Berlin (D)

On arrival in Frankfurt, board your train to Berlin. On arrival at Berlin main station, meet your chaperon who will take you to your coach for transfer to your accommodation and check-in. Dinner at your accommodation. Overnight in Berlin.

DAY 3 Berlin (B, D)

After breakfast travel to your 1st workshop by private coach. The workshops available range from building/programming an app, robotics, coding, genetic testing your DNA, solar cell workshops, collecting data from Mars plus many more. In the afternoon undertake an orientation tour of Berlin by coach with a local guide (max. 2h). Highlights include the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag, Tiergarten and Museum Island. Return to your accommodation later this afternoon. Dinner at your accommodation. Overnight in Berlin.

DAY 4 Berlin (B, D)

After breakfast travel to your 2nd workshop by private coach. In the afternoon visit the German Spy Museum (max. 2h). The Museum gives a unique insight into the gloom of espionage right where the wall once divided the city. Visitors are welcome to use the most recent multimedia-based technology to detect all the bizarre and sneaky methods of agents and secret services. An exciting time travel from spying in ancient Bible history to the present and future right in the middle of the capital of spies. Decipher a range of secret codes, negotiate the laser maze, see how secure your favourite password is and hack into your favourite websites! Return to your accommodation by coach. Dinner at your accommodation. Overnight in Berlin.

DAY 5 Berlin (B, D)

After breakfast travel to your 3rd & 4th workshop by private coach at the Humboldt University and undertake experiments in any of the following fields: Magnetism and Superconductivity, solar energy and materials research. Then onto Germany’s space agency for workshops which explore Mars, analyse extra-terrestrial material or reduce the noise of jet engines. Return to accommodation in the afternoon. Dinner at your accommodation. Overnight in Berlin

DAY 6 Berlin (B, D)

After breakfast, board your private coach This morning visit Science Centre Spectrum. Some 150 interactive exhibits make science and technology a special experience. Fundamental laws of nature, the basics of science and technological principles are explained in a fun way. This afternoon visit the Berlin Story* with its exhibition “Hitler – How could it happen?” and to Mauermuseum at Checkpoint Charlie. Return to your accommodation in the afternoon. Dinner at your accommodation. Overnight in Berlin *Schools may choose to visit Pergamon Museum instead

DAY 7 Berlin – Munich (B, D)

After breakfast travel to your 5th workshop by private coach. The workshops available range from building/programming an app, robotics, genetic testing your DNA, solar cell workshops, collecting data from Mars plus many more. In the afternoon collect your luggage and transfer to Berlin’s main station for the train to Munich. On arrival in Munich a local representative will guide you to your private coach. Transfer to your accommodation and check-in. Dinner at your accommodation. Overnight in Munich

DAY 8 Munich (B, D)

After breakfast, board your private coach. This morning visit the famous BMW Group Munich plant (2 ½ h). Your guide will highlight BNW’s state-of-the-art automobile manufacture and all areas of automobile production on this very popular tour. Following the tour, your coach will transfer you to the city centre. In the afternoon visit the Deutsches Museum*, the largest technical museum in the world. Participate in a guided tour of the museum before returning to your accommodation by coach. Dinner at your accommodation. Overnight in Munich *You also have the option of participating in the TUMLab workshops for a deeper learning experience.

DAY 9 Munich- Neuschwanstein Castle (B, D)

Today is a day of relaxation. After breakfast travel to Hohenschwangau by private coach (max. 10h day) and visit Neuschwanstein Castle. The castle built by Ludwig II is the model for the Disneyland castle. Return to Munich later this afternoon. Dinner at your accommodation. Overnight in Munich

DAY 10 Munich- Australia (B)

After breakfast the day is allocated as leisure at your teachers’ discretion until making your way to the airport for your flight home to Australia.

DAY 11/12 Australia

Arrive home

GENEVA ADD-ON

Schools interested in visiting CERN can add-on a 2-day extension from Munich. You can choose to join a tour of the facilities or participate in a S’Cool LAB Workshop. CERN is the home of the Hadron Collider and holds particular interest for Physics students and teachers. If you wish to participate in the workshops, please note the following eligibility criteria: • Minimum group size: 12 students, maximum 24 • Workshops only available on weekdays however tours are conducted on Saturdays • The CERN tour is approx. three hours duration including a short film • CERN is closed from Dec 18 2019 to January 23rd 2020 • Minimum student age is 14 years • The CERN S’Cool LAB workshop program and facilities tour are very popular. Schools must apply 9 months in advance via the CERN website and teachers must apply directly with school details/information– we will provide you with these details on request. The add-on itinerary is listed below:

DAY 10 Munich – Geneva (B, D)

After breakfast board your coach for Geneva (5h). Arrive in Geneva and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon as leisure at your teachers’ discretion. Dinner at your accommodation. Overnight in Geneva

DAY 11 Geneva- Australia (B)

After breakfast, check-out and transfer by coach to CERN. Spend today visiting CERN which is the headquarters of the large Hadron Collider. Participate in your chosen S’Cool LAB physics workshop and tour of the facilities In the afternoon board your coach and transfer to Geneva Airport.

DAY 12/13 Australia

Return home

Inclusions
  • • Return economy airfares including prepaid taxes and charges
  • • Rail travel – Frankfurt- Berlin/ Berlin- Munich
  • • 8 nights’ accommodation in either youth hotels or hostels
  • • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • • Hotel/ railway station coach transfers
  • • Meet and greet in Berlin/ Munich, and Geneva if required
  • • Coach tours and transfers days 3 to 10
  • • Guides as stipulated through the itinerary – Berlin city tour, BNW Group Munich plant, Deutsches Museum
  • • 5 x School Lab workshops in Berlin (duration 4-6 hours according to workshop, plus travel to-from)
  • • Entrances - Spy Museum/ Berlin Story or Pergamon Museum/ Science Spectrum/ Checkpoint Charlie/ Deutsches Museum/ BMW plant/ Neuschwanstein Castle
Exclusions
  • • Passport costs
  • • Visa costs (if required)
  • • Meals other than specified
  • • Any drinks other than tap water with meals
  • • Additional personal expenses and spending money
  • • Travel insurance