Part of a Country-Wide STEM Initiative
Dr. Brugger is part of the ICSE at the PH Freiburg, which is well-known throughout Europe for making strides in project-based learning, socio-scientific issues, and diversity in the classroom.
Currently, the ICSE at the PH Freiburg coordinates with the MINT4Life program, which is part of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research’s MINT-Aktionsplan – a government effort to prepare the future workforce. (MINT stands for mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology.)
The MINT4Life program’s goal is to grow student awareness of the importance of 3D printing. So far it has reached well over 2,000 students in total from elementary to high school.
As part of the program, the ICSE at the PH Freiburg runs a 3D printing lab with a free afternoon of hands-on activities. The lab also offers workshops to students and training for teachers in 3D design and printing.
ICSE helps coordinate other labs with academic partners including Offenburg University and the University of Freiburg. Partner workshops and labs exist in St. Georgen in the Black Forest (TZ St Georgen), in Achern (Illenau workshops), in Ohlsbach (Temopolis), in Gengenbach (Xenoplex student research center), and in Emmendingen (Alumitzium student research center).
These workshops have been and continue to be equipped and supplied with printers and consumables by the PH Freiburg. There is an exchange of ideas (e.g., workshops) and know-how (e.g., mutual training) between the different partners that enhances student learning.
CAD at the Heart of the Workshop