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"Sewing studios – following in the footsteps of Maria Telkes – use light, solar and good energy as their raw materials", "Inventors' workshop – shaping the world with Marie Curie" and "Art by all possible means – discovering the universe of Katharine Johnson with paint and tools"
These were the topics for the projects held over the past week at the Yellow Villa. A year five class from Hunsrück-Grundschule primary school in Kreuzberg, Berlin, embarked on the technology adventure this time. This is the eighth time the initiative has been supported by Stromnetz Berlin. The aim is to enable children and young adults to connect with technology in a creative way.
To ensure these technology-related projects may continue to be run for free at the creativity and education centre in Berlin's Kreuzberg district, Stromnetz Berlin donated a cheque for EUR 9,900 to the Yellow Villa at the end of the week. Thomas Schäfer, CEO of Stromnetz Berlin, had the following to say: "Getting kids and young adults interested in technology is more important than ever, not least considering the growing lack of experts and emerging talent to occupy technical positions. With that in mind, the donation to the Yellow Villa can be seen as an investment in our own future as well as the education centre. There is a major need for technologically-minded young talent. The Yellow Villa provides valuable, creative and forward-looking opportunities for the next generation – and we're delighted to support that."
Anne Lemberg from the Yellow Villa added the following: "Fluorescent, as fast as a speeding rocket and powered by solar and electrical energy: the three workshops held this week – NASA, the sewing studio and the inventors' workshop – have yielded some fantastic works of art. In a world that's changing so quickly and becoming increasingly digital, it is all the more important to prepare everyone for the professional challenges to come. Thanks to the support of Stromnetz Berlin and others, the Yellow Villa is making a strong commitment to conveying STEM-related topics in its educational work. During the project week, these children become the inventors of new technical solutions – and they may end up becoming the engineers of tomorrow."