Education

Education app interface.

●  You can find our digital learning path through the Mirke district in the app BIPARCOURS. © GraphicBurger | SDE 21/22

● Jutta and Christopher from the Public Education Team. © SDE 21/22

starting point

Education is crucial for the transition towards a sustainable society. It is the foundation for sustainable thinking and action and provides active and responsible participation skills. With a view to our time's political, ecological and social challenges, it is essential to familiarise children and young people with sustainable development issues as early as possible. The Solar Decathlon Europe 21/22 offers a unique opportunity to experience first-hand how we can protect our climate and make our daily lives in the city even better.

starting point

offers for schools

Would you like to approach the topics of sustainable urban development, climate-friendly building and living and energy transition with your school class clearly and understandably or deepen your existing knowledge? We warmly invite you to join us at the SDE 21/22!

During our event from 10-26 June 2022, we offer age-appropriate guided tours of the Solar Campus for school classes. Students from the University of Wuppertal will accompany you on a detailed tour of three buildings. In addition, there are further exciting activities for pupils on our event grounds by our event partners and the SDE 21/22 Education Team. The Education Days will take place on 17 June, 22 June & 23 June. If you are interested in a guided tour, please write an email with the subject “Guided tour SDE 21/22” to bedehaesing@uni-wuppertal.de.

We will offer two-hour workshops for pupils at the future event site at the Nordbahntrasse in Wuppertal until our event. The aim is to sensitise children and young people to the core topics of climate change, sustainable urban development and climate-friendly building and living by using vivid learning stations and exciting experiments. 

In cooperation with the GeoIT school lab of the Department of Geography at the University of Wuppertal, we offer the digital course “Renewable Energies”. This course provides older schoolchildren with comprehensive basic knowledge on energy (transition).

Furthermore, you and your students have the opportunity to explore the Mirke District in Wuppertal and its building structure on your own using the app Biparcours. A Biparcours is like a scavenger hunt, where you solve tasks with a digital device and get points for it (an internet connection is an advantage). The digital scavenger hunt through the Mirke District takes about two hours and can be carried out by classes in small groups. At interesting stations, the pupils get to know unique buildings and gain insights into approaches to sustainable urban development.

A sunny playground in the Nordstadt of Wuppertal.

● © Wolf Sondermann

● © SDE 21/22

● © SDE 21/22

together in the neighbour­hood

We especially invite children and young people who live in or near the Mirke district in Wuppertal to get to know different solutions and approaches for a sustainable future in our cities. In workshops, neighbourhood tours and videos, we prepare topics such as future housing, energy-efficient refurbishment and sustainable urban development in ways that tie in with the lives and experiences of young people.

Using the example of developments in the Mirke, the children and young people can discover different solutions and approaches for a sustainable future for our cities. To establish contact and implement the activities, we work with institutions in and around the Mirke neighbourhood, such as the Alte Feuerwache Wuppertal and the Junior Uni Wuppertal.

Guided tours

On individual guided tours during the event, families with children, young people and private groups can also experience the latest climate-friendly building and living trends and get to know the young minds behind the projects. The tours take place continuously during opening hours. Additional activities for children, such as a rally to the buildings, are being developed.

Video series with kids

Children and adolescents from the Mirke district will act as expert guides in our video series SDE 21/22 Walking Tours. They show the places that are most important to them and thus also the Mirke district from an exciting perspective.

together in the neighbour­hood

SummerUni course

On individual guided tours during the event, families with children, young people and private groups can also experience the latest climate-friendly building and living trends and get to know the young minds behind the projects. The tours take place continuously during opening hours. Additional activities for children, such as a rally to the buildings, are being developed.

As part of the SDE 21/22, the Public Education Team will also conduct active research, for instance, by creating a textbook analysis investigating the extent to which SDE 21/22-related topics are taken into account in school curricula. In addition, surveys will be conducted with students on an ongoing basis in order to better understand the needs of children and adolescents and to adapt the workshops to these target groups.

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