German International School Boston (GISB) has been awarded the recognition “Digitale Schule” (Digital School) by the German MINT Initiative (in English: STEM Initiative) for the second time in a row. The award recognizes schools that integrate digital learning concepts into their curriculum, have dedicated resources to foster digital literacy among teachers and students, and advance innovative online learning concepts. Only 12 out of 140 German Schools Abroad have received this recognition. GISB was also recognized again as a STEM-friendly school, an award that the school has held since 2015.
Head of School Holger Wirtz says about the award, which has been awarded in the 2019-2020 school year for the first time: “The recognition as “Digitale Schule” makes us immensely proud. Especially the digital learning concepts we implemented in the last few years have not only carried us through the pandemic but raised our digital competencies throughout the whole school. It is a future-orientated reward that demonstrates how we are preparing our students for the years to come.”
The application for the “Digitale Schule” award was spearheaded by Maike Götting, GISB Elementary School Teacher, and Johannes Lechtenberg, Head of the GISB Science Department. They comment, “Throughout the pandemic, GISB’s understanding of what it means to be a STEM-focused school has evolved, and the importance of educating our students to be digitally literate has moved to the forefront. We are thrilled that the MINT Initiative has recognized our work, and we are looking forward to continuing to strengthen digital competencies at GISB.”
The MINT Initiative is the largest German STEM network that aims to promote careers in science and engineering-related fields. The initiative was founded in May 2008 under the patronage of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. GISB has held the accreditation ”MINT-friendly school” for its advanced STEM curriculum since 2015 and is part of a network of German schools worldwide that emphasizes Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in their curriculum. Starting in elementary school, all students at GISB take science classes. Students participate in biology, chemistry, and physics classes throughout middle and high school, and, in addition, they have the option to take computer science classes in high school. Technology, such as laptops, iPads, video conferencing software, and educational online applications, are used throughout all grades.
Note: MINT stands for Mathematik, Informatik, Naturwissenschaften und Technik and is the German equivalent for STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.