Professionals in renewable raw materials

Professionals in renewable raw materials

The topic "bioconomy is the motto of the science year 2020. It is about the transformation from a market economy based on oil to an economy based on renewable raw materials. Coal phase-out, climate change and scarce resources show that products based on petroleum are a discontinued model. But it is not easy to replace it. You read about tires made from lowen tooth milk and dubels made from castor oil. That sounds creative at first. But do such products have the properties they should have?? Is their production economical? Or is the mass production of such products not even the source of new problems?? Will we all be vegetarians in the future or will we eat insects and meat from test tubes?? Franziska assmann, isabell bernhart, jazlin devore, and chantal-sophie genzler, four tenth-graders at frobenius gymnasium in hammelburg, germany, were extremely successful in answering questions like these at the DECHEMAX competition. The competition, which is held throughout germany, is an initiative of DECHEMA gesellschaft fur chemische technik und biotechnologie e.V. Rough commitment, an even rougher thirst for knowledge and a lot of stamina were required to successfully complete the questions and experimental tasks in the two rounds of the competition.

Question of the week

From november 2019 to the end of january 2020, a new "question of the week" was posted every thursday on the DECHEMAX website around the competition theme. "This year there was a bonus question because the competition is celebrating its 20th anniversary", notes supervising teacher christine kreb. "The young researchers from the frobenius grammar school had until the following wednesday to find the answer." The team managed to answer the nine "questions of the week" to answer correctly and to the point. For example, the materials needed to build an environmentally friendly house or the negative consequences of meat consumption for the environment had to be discussed. It was investigated how soil fertility can be preserved or how washing and bleaching with biotechnology is possible and much more.

Paper recycling

The second round was an experimental round. "Paper recycling was the topic of the frame, and it started right away with a frame: a scooping frame had to be built in order to scoop paper from a pulp of newsprint paper. From beet, carrots and carrot grun, the schoolgirls boiled colored brew with which to dye the paper. But not only that, the team also enjoyed experimenting: "we particularly liked the fact that, in addition to normal paper production, we also tried out napkins, flour and flower petals", reports chantal-sophie genzler.

Graduation ceremony for the graduates of the ihk zu coburg

Graduation ceremony for the graduates of the ihk zu coburg

"We were all proud to call ourselves skilled workers", said michael heublein, a graduate of the chamber of commerce and industry’s final examinations. 308 young professionals passed the exams and celebrated their graduation on wednesday. Heublein himself completed his training as an electronics technician for industrial engineering at the company kaeser.

In addition to getting to know the company’s land, studying for final exams and going on excursions together, heublein reminisced about his apprenticeship days. "It has always been a great pleasure to do things with colleagues, even with our instructors, said the graduate.

Creating new opportunities

Instructors and teachers were the focus of the lecture by anton staudigl, head of the coburg state vocational school I. The school needs freedom and motivated teachers. This will be achieved above all by minimizing the additional burden on teachers," explained herdan.

Can the “learning house concept” be transferred??

On the long "new construction journey the dientzenhofer high school will now be undergoing a "structured participation process" with external support until mid-2020 in which the school family and the authorities are involved.

As explained by the grammar school association, a "sustainable, content-related and spatial concept is to be developed in a so-called phase 0", which will ensure the efficiency, suitability for requirements and future viability of the building project. Among other things, the spaces will be tailored to the educational profile and possible multiple uses will be included. "The more detailed you make this now, the faster it can go in the further processes", says matthias pfeufer of the city’s education bureau.

The so-called abstract spatial program of the government of upper franconia is now available since july. It provides for a maximum required area of 8971 square meters for the DG, which "can be used as a basis for further planning considerations". Now the next steps, a feasibility study for the educational part and the architectural implementation, could take place. Principal brigitte cleary made it clear: "for us, sustainability is more important than speed."