“If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.”
TO CONFRONT AND ENGAGE YOUNG PEOPLE WITH THE ESSENTIAL SCIENTIFIC CONSIDERATIONS NECESSARY TO UNDERSTAND AND CONTRIBUTE TO THE TRANSFORMATION OF GERMANY TO A SUSTAINABLE ENERGY NATION
Energy conversion science also provides a remarkable opportunity for scientific outreach to the young people of Germany and worldwide and we intend, with the leadership of the XLAB, to work with high School teachers and students to help develop new ways of teaching and learning science at a high level. A holistic understanding of the “energy problem” requires knowledge from multiple fields be combined in lessons that focus on understanding natural phenomena and humanity’s impact on the Earth. The relevance of science to real world problems will be immediately clear to students participating in this learning environment. The potential to enthuse students to consider careers in science will be a major advantage of this approach. In addition, the importance of technical and quantitative understanding of the energy problem to every citizen will also be emphasized. Professors working at the cutting edge of energy research will work with teachers and students from high schools in Germany to develop appropriate learning modalities for energy science material.