The whole program is implemented in many German regions, but the specific best practice “Fliegen lernen” has been implemented by the Catholic Primary School Zugweg in Cologne, North Rhine Westphalia. There, children from 27 nations research, discover, and learn in the learning workshop, while contributing their many languages and expand their vocabulary. The specific objectives pursued are: joy of learning, multilingual inclusive integration, science education, self-confidence, and community building.
Since its opening in 2017, teachers have been using the learning workshop for science lessons, for instance, which are taught bilingually. Each research topic is not only developed technically, but also linguistically, not only in the teaching languages German and Italian, but also in the mother tongue of the children.
Based on the approach of explorative learning, the children can conduct experiments, and continue them in the open all-day school workshops. In addition, kindergarten children come to the learning workshop to do research together with the primary school children, and a joint research time with parents has been established.
The project is funded by the Deutsche Kinder- und Jugendstiftung (DKJS – German Children and Youth Foundation) in cooperation with Boeing.