Within the “IT2School” project, a cooperation between “Alexander-von-Humboldt-Gymnasium” (grammar school) in Schweinfurt and “Initiative Junge Forscherinnen und Forscher e.V.” (= “Initiative of Young Researchers”) (IJF), FIS Informationssysteme und Consulting GmbH (FIS) offered an exciting workshop as an economic partner. The aim of the project is to provide insights into the MINT area (mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology) for the pupils.
On three days in May, a total of 150 pupils of ninth grade, who had been divided into two classes, had the opportunity to visit SAP expert FIS in Grafenrheinfeld, where an exciting program had been prepared for them. Under the guidance of current FIS apprentices and dual system students, the pupils were allowed to design and program an app on “What’s going on at weekends” in two workshops.
The first workshop dealt with the design of the app. The participants designed hand-drawn sketches that were to illustrate the basic setup of the app. In “scribble sessions”, they presented their designs and gave feedback on them to one another. Afterwards, further sessions were carried out in ever-increasing teams and the final design was developed by using all proposals.
The second workshop focused on programming. The pupils had the chance to complement and test the code of an existing demo app, which provided them with a deeper insight into the activities of developers.
The accompanying teachers Frank Baier (chemistry) and Rhys Herrmann (computer science) supported the pupils during the entire process. The successful cooperation between FIS, IJF and “Alexander-von-Humboldt-Gymnasium” is intended to be a long-term arrangement and further projects are planned for the years to come.
The “IT2School” project and the workshop with FIS offer the pupils the unique opportunity to gain practical experience in the MINT area at an early stage and to deepen their interest in these fields. FIS is pleased to commit itself to the promotion of junior staff and would like to help inspire young talents for the versatile opportunities in MINT professions.