The Education and Outreach Department at the Museum für Naturkunde closely collaborates with various partners, such as schools, child care centres, universities, adult education centres and artists. Here is an overview of some of our projects.
Since 2013, the Museum has participated in the educational programme "MuseobilBox" by the Bundesverband Museumspädagogik e.V., working closely with schools, child care centres and two Quartiermanagement (urban social integration) groups run by the senate. The programme is part of the “Kultur macht stark” (culture makes us strong) initiative funded by the BMBF (Federal Ministry for Education and Research). It sponsors projects for educationally disadvantaged children, which are developed by collaboration partners. Pupils aged 11 and 12 meet up at the “Forscherclub” (researchers‘ club), which is held at the Carl Zeiss Microscopy Centre in the Museum. The project "Wilde Tiere in der Stadt" (wild animals in the city) has a younger target audience at kindergarten age. The children present their research results once a year in the shape of explorers‘ boxes they have prepared themselves.
This initiative helped to build a long-term cooperation between the Museum and Wedding’s educational institutions and to develop educational projects in child care centres and schools, involving the children themselves.
Project partners: Kitaverbund Brunnenviertel, Gustav-Falke-Schule, Quartiersmanagement Brunnenviertel-Ackerstraße und Brunnenviertel-Brunnenstraße
Projektteam Museum: Melanie Krause, Mathias Zilch (Forscherclub), Sonja Calvus, Nina Furchheim, Melanie Krause („Wilde Tiere in der Stadt“), Corinna Hammer, Astrid Hackel, Astrid Faber (project director and coordinator)
A combined art and science project on the Peruvian stick insect
Many children, child care centres and schools are taking part in the ‘adopt a stick insect’ programme and are now proud owners of a terrarium with live stick insects. As adoptive parents of a stick insect, they explore the life and behaviour of these only recently discovered insects. They feed them privet leaves and watch how stick insect larvae hatch from tiny eggs. They communicate their experiences and observations in the SchreckenBlog, (stick insect blog), their communal online research blog. They are supported by Museum staff, who advise the children on how to keep and study such exotic insects. The open and participative approach of the project appeals to the children’s exploratory mind and creativity. They are involved in the continuous development of the project.
A project developed by Roter Fleck WISSEN SCHAFFT WISSEN – Initiative
Idea, concept, implementation and project coordination: Dr. Katinka Pantz
The two-day educational programme insect safari is meant for pupils in refugee welcoming classes in primary and secondary schools. For the duration of two days, the children explore not only the Museum für Naturkunde, but also selected natural sites as well as the urban environment of Berlin. On the first day, they visit the exhibitions with their impressive insect models and study and draw insects at the microscopy centre. On the following day, they explore nature in the city of Berlin with its varied fauna and flora. They collect samples, take photos and make drawings.
The projects are supported by a multi-disciplinary team of scientists and artists. The dual scientific and artistic approach gives children access to exhibits at the Museum für Naturkunde and to nature, independent of language and culture. It provides an opportunity to acquire the new language in a playful manner. The projects have been funded by a donation from Dr. Raimund Keller.
Dates: The new schedule for spring 2017 and beyond will soon be released.
Partnership for the conservation of biodiversity
The Hagenbeck-Schule has been a partner school of Museum für Naturkunde since 2012. Both partners are committed to preserving biodiversity and to finding ways of protecting biodiversity sustainably. The Hagenbeck-Schule partnership was developed for the long term with stability in mind. Projects are being developed in close cooperation between teachers and Museum staff. Here is a selection of projects that have so far been carried out:
- In the context of the Wissensdinge (Knowing Things) project, pupils took part in a creative writing workshop and wrote stories about their favourite museum exhibits.
- Under the auspices of artists Folke Köbberling, Rob Vrijen and Joachim Hamster Damm, pupils made use of a historical display cabinet that was discarded by the Museum during refurbishing work. They created their own Diorama of Biodiversity, which became a multifunctional terrarium (for Persian gerbils) integrated into a display cabinet.
Further information on Hagenbeck-Schule.
The Museum für Naturkunde has a learning lab, the Carl Zeiss Microscopy Centre and is part of the learning labs network GenaU (Gemeinsam für einen naturwissenschaftlich-technischen Unterricht).
The network consists of learning labs at research institutions and universities in Berlin and Brandenburg. They offer experimenting courses for entire school classes of all ages in science and technology subjects.
They are complemented by higher-level work groups and continuous training for teachers.
Further information at www.genau-bb.de