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Its concept of “using all senses to discover mobility and sustainability” was developed in cooperation with prominent educators and scientists. The first Junior Campus was opened in 2007 at BMW Welt in Munich.
Here, children can carry out interactive research, with tests and experiments that allow them to experience the lifecycle of a car from a mobility perspective. Junior Campuses have now also been established in Berlin, Incheon in South Korea and Moscow. The concept has been adapted to local conditions in each country.
The Mobile Junior Campus.
"Mission Mobility. Develop. Build. Test."
The BMW Group has presented the new Mobile Junior Campus concept for the first time at the 2015 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show. Workshops on site at the Frankfurt Exhibition Centre opened to visitors from 19 – 27 September. Under the motto "Mission Mobility: Develop. Build. Test", schoolchildren aged 11 to 14 work through the entire process of building a
car, collaborating in small teams guided by trained educators. From initial idea to construction, the children learn theoretical principles, which they then put directly into practice as they build their own go-kart. Afterwards, they have the chance to test their design on a special course. After the successful launch at the IAA, the mobile concept is on tour now. First stop the "Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum" in Munich 2016.
Junior Campus at BMW Welt Munich.
The Junior Campus at BMW Welt offers a place for learning and discovery outside of school. Its concept was developed in cooperation with prominent educators and scientists in German and English. Since opening in autumn 2007, thousands of children and school classes have discovered mobility using all their senses. Content is also aligned with the Bavarian educational syllabus. With its educational concept of guided knowledge transfer, the Junior Campus makes another contribution to the social involvement of BMW Group.
In February 2015, the Junior Campus was overhauled and expanded. Seven to 13-year-olds can now discover the world of mobility, sustainability and global thinking through ten new interactive exhibits.
Campus Portal, Campus Laboratory and Campus Workshop make up the Junior Campus at BMW Welt.
“Discover”, “understand” and “shape” – at the Junior Campus, know-how is presented in different ways in three separate areas: The freely-accessible Campus Portal invites BMW Welt visitors to discover the topic of sustainability for themselves. In the Campus Laboratory, young participants attend workshops on mobility, global thinking and sustainability and learn scientifically-based material in a fun, interactive way. In the Campus Workshop, trained instructors help children take an active part by building their own car of the future out of different materials.
Junior Campus in Berlin – a cooperation between the German Museum of Technology and the BMW Group.
A further Junior Campus was opened at the German Museum of Technology in Berlin in January 2012. Guided workshops on the topics of mobility, science and mathematics supplement the museum’s permanent exhibit "Man on the move - underway with Auto & Co", The educational concept of the Junior Campus at BMW Welt in Munich was refined in conjunction with the German Museum of Technology and the areas of science and mathematics added.
The new Junior Campus in Berlin is the product of the successful collaboration between the BMW Group and the German Museum of Technology in 2010, when the Berlin Museum hosted the Campus’s mobile modules for ten days – which were enthusiastically received by about 2,000 children and adolescents. The huge demand for educational programmes for schoolchildren in Berlin and surrounding areas motivated both partners to move their cooperation to a long-term footing and make the Junior Campus a permanent museum programme.
Since March 2015, the existing workshops for primary-school children have been supplemented by two further programmes: 12 to 15-year-olds can now focus on current challenges in the field of sustainable mobility in the “electro-mobility” workshop and pre-schoolers from three to five can learn about road safety in a fun way.
Junior Campus in Seoul/ South Korea – first stop on the road to internationalisation.
The BMW Korea Future Fund, a charitable foundation established by BMW Group Korea, replicated the successful model with the first international Junior Campus outside Germany in late 2012.
The Korean Junior Campus drives cross-country in an 11.5-ton truck, stopping at primary schools, community centres, libraries and other public institutions to bring the Junior Campus to children in the vast rural regions. Modified to suit the Korean education system the Campus promotes understanding of sustainability, technology, mobility and the arts among children between ten and 13.
Since August 2014, the South Korean Driving Centre has also featured a permanent Junior Campus installation.
BMW Group Junior Campus Moscow – an initiative for safety on the roads.
Following Munich, Berlin and Seoul, the fourth BMW Group Junior Campus opened in the Russian capital, Moscow, from 2013 until the beginning of 2016. Children aged five to ten have fun learning how to stay safe and behave responsibly on the roads in interactive workshops. A separate Junior Campus concept was developed specially for Russia together with teachers and road safety experts. The programme of open workshops is primarily geared towards schools and families, as well as childcare and child safety organisations.
A mobile version of the Junior Campus has also been in service in Russia since 2014. Since end of 2015 we extended the mobile version to reach more children in rural areas.
BMW Group Plant Regensburg gets young people excited about technology.
BMW Group Plant Regensburg and selected schools in and around Regensburg launched the Tech4Kids programme for the first time at the start of the 2015/2016 school year.
The content of Tech4Kids is integrated into the curriculum for eight to ten-year old primary school children. Pupils start out by earning their “tool licence”: This involves acquiring technical and practical skills using so-called “KiTec boxes” with crafting materials and tools to build wooden cars. The schoolchildren also visit BMW automobile production to learn about industrial manufacturing of cars, robotics, use of materials such as steel and plastic, alternative drive trains, and topics related to environmental protection and sustainability. In the next stage, the pupils learn about working with electricity. This year’s highlight was when BMW apprentices helped the children install electric drive trains in their wooden cars.
Tech4Kids is specially geared towards primary school pupils aged eight to ten, so that they can have more intensive contact with technology and gain an understanding of its basic principles before they go on to secondary school. The aim is to encourage more young people to follow a technical and scientific path. The concept was developed by the BMW Group together with teachers from across the region and educators from “Wissensfabrik – Unternehmen für Deutschland e.V.” (Knowledge Factory – Companies for Germany). The programme is implemented by teachers, with employees and apprentices from BMW Group Plant Regensburg providing support for pupils in the individual stages by coming into schools and accompanying the children on their visits to the plant. The company also covers the cost of the necessary material and “KiTec boxes”, which were developed by “Wissensfabrik” and have been used in classrooms on a regular basis for a number of years. Based on the positive feedback, BMW Group Plant Regensburg and selected primary schools in and around Regensburg will continue the Tech4Kids educational programme in 2017.
The district project Lifetalk.
Promoting intercultural dialogue and learning from each other.
The district project Lifetalk is a programme of the non-profit organisation KICKFAIR e.V. and the BMW Group, which started as a pilot project at the beginning of 2015. Initially designed for a period of one year, the programme promotes intercultural dialogue and learning from and with each other. The target group predominantly comprises school children and young, unaccompanied refugees between the age of 12 and 20 years.
Lifetalk promotes collaborative learning and mutual exchange, providing a platform for meetings and the acquisition of important social competences (e.g. ability to work in a team, fairness, respect in dealing with one another). In the process, the young people learn to sustainably overcome prejudices and to apprehend cultural diversity as a strength. Last year, around 40 young people and unaccompanied refugees regularly participated in workshops. Thanks to the project, more than half of the participants were given an idea of possible job profiles.
As a result of the good response, the project is to be continued in 2016. In addition to factory tours and workshops at the Junior Campus and the BMW Museum, the young people visit the trainee workshop thus receiving insight into various vocational skills.
Social responsibility worldwide.
The BMW Group is active in more than 150 countries, so intercultural communication and understanding is a part of our everyday lives. We want to use the BMW Group’s global presence to contribute to greater intercultural understanding and social inclusion. We intend to fulfil our responsibility as a good corporate citizen through our social commitment in these two areas. More information on the projects we are currently realizing in our markets can be found in the following slideshow.
A Collection of materials for intercultural learning.
The LIFE Concept.
Learning from our Differences – Together.
The LIFE concept was developed under the leadership of Petra Hoelscher in collaboration with the State Institute for Quality in Schools and Educational Research and the BMW Group. The starting point for this educational concept was to examine how people deal with the contradiction between everyday encounters with "foreigners" and the simultaneous perception of them as "something special". LIFE aims to promote the development and dissemination of international intercultural learning, while overcoming prejudices with a willingness to get to know the stranger. Cultural and linguistic differences are not perceived as a barrier to understanding, but rather as an enrichment. Furthermore, "positive" confrontation with other languages and cultures broadens the individual's horizons and supports the target groups in the process of revising habitual behaviour and thinking patterns.
A Collection of Ideas and Materials for Intercultural Learning.
The foundation of the LIFE Project is a collection of ideas and materials on the subject of "Intercultural Education". Regular additions ensure that the collection reflects the leading edge of research and practice in the field of intercultural learning. Carefully selected contributions from international scientists and educators provide a holistic yet practical presentation of the subject matter from a number of different perspectives. It is based on the curriculum developed by the ISB for intercultural learning.
Click here to download our Collection of Ideas and Materials for free (PDF, 90 MB, available only in German).