PepperMint closes knowledge gaps
The Technische Hochschule Georg Agricola (THGA) and the affiliated Forschungszentrum Nachbergbau (Research Center of Post-Mining/FZN) have committed to the task of promoting and developing this knowledge, and applying it to the challenges of field of post-mining. Among others, the RAG-Stiftung has been supporting the PepperMint* educational project since July 2020, which is under the direction of Professor Dr Tobias Rudolph, geology expert and endowment professor at the FZN, and Lisa Michael.
PepperMint is geared towards upper school pupils as well as university students in their first semester. The project pursues a novel approach to close gaps in academic STEM education and to accompany first semesters for a successful start for study programmes. The report ‘Education at a Glance’ published by the OECD in 2021 shows that, on a percentage basis, more young people begin a course of study in the STEM fields in Germany than in any other OECD country. The problem is that many students in these courses of study are unable to complete their degree programmes. For example, approximately one of every two bachelor students in civil engineering drops out before graduating. Additionally, according to the young talent barometer, one in five STEM apprenticeships is not completed in Germany. For this reason, project director Lisa Michael emphasises: ‘Many students struggle with knowledge gaps in the basic subjects such as natural sciences and mathematics. This is where PepperMint wants to make a difference.’
* In German, ‘MINT’ stands for ‘Mathematik, Informatik, Naturwissenschaften, Technik’, (mathematics, informatics, natural sciences, technology), which is essentially equivalent to the acronym ‘STEM’ (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) commonly used in English.