Learning in a playful way
Learn­ing in a play­ful way
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Learning in a playful way

Un­der­stand­ing the ba­sic prin­ci­ples of cur­rent re­search is best done in a play­ful way. Here, chil­dren are danc­ing with a robot that they have pro­grammed them­selves.
Girls’ Day
Girls’ Day
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Girls’ Day

School class­es vis­it the DLR_School_Labs ev­ery day. In ad­di­tion, many of the DLR sites open their doors on Girls’ Day, giv­ing girls and young wom­en an in­sight in­to tech­ni­cal pro­fes­sions.
Research for Earth
Re­search for Earth
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Research for Earth

Young stu­dents at the DLR_School_Lab in Berlin hold this sym­bol­ic im­age up to the cam­era. In to­tal, there are 13 DLR stu­dent lab­o­ra­to­ries, which are vis­it­ed by 40,000 school pupils each year.
Research is fun!
Re­search is fun!
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Research is fun!

The fact that re­search can be fun is one of the many ‘lessons’ that chil­dren vis­it­ing the DLR_School_Labs take home with them. Here, stu­dents at the DLR_School_Lab at TU Dort­mund are mak­ing their own la­va lamps.
Girls’ Day
Girls’ Day
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Girls’ Day

Girls’ Day in Bre­men is a test of girls’ skills. Here, they are ex­per­i­ment­ing with var­i­ous drive con­cepts for robots on an ar­ti­fi­cial Mar­tian land­scape.
High-tech in the student lab
High-tech in the stu­dent lab
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High-tech in the student lab

Equipped with VR head­sets and sen­sors, chil­dren and ado­les­cents can take a tour of Mars and con­duct many oth­er ex­cit­ing, hands-on ex­per­i­ments. This im­age is from the DLR_School_Lab at RWTH Aachen.
Fascinated by research
Fas­ci­nat­ed by re­search
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Fascinated by research

Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the fas­ci­na­tion of re­search for your­self, while learn­ing a lot of new things and maybe even dis­cov­er­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties for your own fu­ture ca­reer – that is what the DLR_School_Labs are all about.

Are we alone in the universe? Or is there intelligent life on other planets as well? What will the aeroplanes and cars of the future look like? What forms of energy will we use in the future when the oil runs out? DLR is working on these and many other exciting questions in its focus areas aeronautics, space, transportation, and energy research. DLR's research institutes are spread across all parts of Germany. They operate wind tunnels and solar installations, control centres, simulators, and large test stands for rocket engines.

The educational backgrounds of DLR's over 5.000 employees are equally diverse. Engineers, biologists and medical experts, experts in climate research, propulsion technology or robotics, and many other specialists work at DLR.

In order to successfully handle these important research projects in the future as well, DLR offers many interesting opportunities for young people to get informed and even to complete an educational programme at one of DLR's sites. Classes of school pupils can for instance visit the DLR_School_Labs where they can conduct experiments themselves. It is possible to apply for work experience programmes at DLR. Apprenticeships are also offered for students of business and commerce. Students are offered the opportunity to do research for their graduation thesis here, and many of them subsequently start their professional careers by doing doctoral research at DLR. This is clever, because the job prospects for engineers and natural scientists are very good..

Teaching material available for download

In addition to this, DLR participates in many events such as 'Jugend forscht' and 'Girls' Day' in Germany and the international Space Camp in the US, and it regularly provides schools with teaching materials. These materials, the 'Grundschulinformation Raumfahrt' ('Space exploration info for primary schools') and 'Schulinformation Raumfahrt' ('Space exploration info for schools'), as well as the accompanying music for use in the classroom, can be downloaded from this website.

Video about the DLR_School_Labs
About the DLR_School_Labs - Version 2017
Out of the classroom - into the lab! Our school laboratories - the DLR_School_Labs - offer children the opportunity to discover the fascinating world of research first hand.

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