Exercising Sustainability

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CRC 1026 launches school cooperation for teaching sustainable manufacturing

“May we disassemble our own mobile phones now?” aks a dark-haired boy enthusiastically. He and his classmates have just succeeded in re-assembling a mobile phone after investigating its components and the processed raw materials. The teenagers visit a special MINT class at the Berlin Wilma Rudolph High School with which CRC 1026 has established a cooperation for teaching sustainable manufacturing.
On 12th June 2015 the class visited the Production Technology Center Berlin for a seminar on resource consumption in manufacturing processes and products. Beforehand the year eight students had prepared for the excursion by studying teaching materials on sustainable manufacturing developed and provided by the Public Awareness (PA) project of CRC 1026. After an introductory talk the teenagers were presented an educational film on the topic, produced by TU Berlin students guided by the PA researchers . Afterwards the class was split into working groups for project work on resources in mobile phones and a demonstration of sustainable manufacturing technologies using the example of the CubeFactory.
With the seminar on resource consumption an ongoing teaching cooperation of CRC 1026 and Wilma Rudolph High School was launched after having been planned since 2013. In upcoming steps, the class will function as a pilot class for the teaching materials for primary education developed within the CRC. Furthermore, CRC researchers will assist the class in building up a 3D printing project.


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