The WindSTEM project will be integrated into the existing curriculum of the online study program M.Sc. wind Energy Systems (WES), with a short-; middle- and long-term project phase and made available for others international Master students.
The aim of the WindSTEM project is to heighten the appeal and present the diversity of the labor market in the German wind industry to international online STEM students by carrying out an on-site project phase in an otherwise 100% online study. In the long term, highly qualified international STEM specialists will be acquired for the labor market in the German wind industry.
As part of the on-site project phases students are enabled to get to know German locations of industry in the wind energy realm as well as to visit and do research with the lab facilities of the department’s partner institutions Fraunhofer IEE and IWES. The online-students and further international participants are thereby offered the opportunity to establish first contact with German employers from the industry as well as scientific institutions. This is supposed to lead to an increase in awareness regarding the diversity of the German wind industry to heighten its appeal while giver a broader view of Germany as an industrial location.
Within the framework of the project phase, students have to achieve performance records in the form of credits. This way they are offered the opportunity to connect their practical experience with the theoretical knowledge gathered as part of their online studies.
Students can achieve 3, 9, or 15 credits, based on the three on-site project phases.
The project phases will be structures, as follows:
- Excursion week (3 credits)
- Getting to know lab facilities and test stands of Fraunhofer IEE and IWES (such as Rotor blade test facility; Wind measuring mast)
- Visiting a German wind park
- Company visit with a German producer of wind turbines
- Visit to the Career Day at the Industry Fair Hamburg and Husum Wind
- Excursion report or Career Plan and visit of the Career Centers
- Project work with companies/Fraunhofer IEE or IWES (6/12 credits)
The project WindSTEM has the superordinate goal of providing other online study programs with ways to recruit interested students for the German labor market by offering on-site project phases.
The insight gained from the pilot project will be made available to providers of other online study programs in the form of webinars, articles and data bank entries.
The following elements and goals of the project WindSTEM are interrelated:
- Connection between international and theoretical online studies wes.online with the on-site project phase
- Recruiting of international STEM students for the German labor market.
- On-site project phase as best-practice model for other online study programs
- Using synergy effects of the already established project MINTERFACE of the University of Kassel
The implementation of the excursion week as well as the project phases with the Fraunhofer Institutes are not to be considered as problematic due to their well-established networking and their financial funding by the Stifterverband, Daimler Fonds and the Daimler and Benz Foundation. Furthermore, the cooperation with international universities that could support the project already exist. A network in the industrial environment is not yet as well-established, however, and is to be extended during the project duration. For this purpose, the experience gained from the MINTERFACE project, which has already been carried out at the University of Kassel, is to be utilized. Since the company contacts as project partners have to be set up first, it is possible that in the first year of implementation, project work will be offered mainly at the Fraunhofer Institutes and only in the second year for a broad pool of industrial partners to be used.
The project WindSTEM’s goal is to show that even online students can be connected with the German labor market with focus on the wind energy industry, by means of an on-site project phase. The experiences and challenges faced during this project phase should benefit other online study programs in the STEM subjects as well. The project WindSTEM will be fall back on its associations with existing international and national networks such as the mint.online educational alliance and the Fraunhofer Society for the dissemination and further development of the concept with a structured project phase. For this purpose, four media and methods of dissemination and further development of the concept are carried out: (1) webinars, (2) website/publications/databases/guidelines, (3) integration of other international STEM programs into the project phase, (4) advisory hotline for other online degree programs
Human resources: € 18.600, material resources: € 10.000; travel resources: € 21.000
Funded by MINTernational innovativ
The project phase should be integrated into the curriculum of online study program M.Sc. Wind Energy Systems. By integrating a project phase in Germany, the appeal of the study program should be significantly increased. The financial gap after the end of the project should therefore be filled by an increase in the number of students and thus higher financial income. The fact that the project phase is to be made known to a broad public through appropriate publications and the provision of digital materials ensures a long-term establishment of the concept.