The Schroten School in Tuttlingen, Germany was delighted to receive a total of 13 building sets from the "LEGO Education" series donated by HETTICH as part of the ongoing ‘Hettich Tech Kids’ program. In a small, socially distanced ceremony attended by the school leadership, the parents' council and those responsible for the project, the learning boxes presented were by the management of Andreas Hettich GmbH & Co. KG.
The cooperation between Hettich and the Schroten School started in 2008. The common goal of the school and the company is to encourage excitement and learning in primary school students for technical design and construction. The project is a playful way of implementing the guiding principles of media education (MB), vocational orientation (BO) and education for sustainable development (ESD) in the Baden-Württemberg state education plan. The new kits coincide with updated learning methods.
Together with trainees from HETTICH, the "Hettich Tech Kids" meet every Wednesday afternoon with the construction kits from the "LEGO Education" program. In a playful way, the children are taught how to construct and program self-built models. By experimenting and developing independent solutions to problems, the children are introduced to the technical and scientific laws in a playful way. Through the instructional design, they also experience the relationship to the processes in industrial companies. But the project is not only important for the school. Through the project, the HETTICH trainees have the opportunity to strengthen their leadership skills, self-confidence as well as their sense of responsibility by working with the children and to pass on the specialist knowledge they have already acquired.
"The fact that we succeed in inspiring the children has already been proven, because there have already been one or two applicants who were part of the technology group at the Schroten school in the past," Andreas Hand, trainer and project manager at HETTICH, reported.
For Klaus-Günter Eberle, owner and CEO of HETTICH, the cooperation with the Schroten School is a very special project. He himself was a pupil at the Tuttlingen elementary school and, by sponsoring the learning sets with a total investment volume of around € 3,500, would like to set another important example within vocational training and for early loyalty to the company. He personally feels the investment in STEM activities amongst the youth of the community as a key to the ongoing success of German design and engineering in a globalized world.