This article is part of a special series on how STEM platforms are responding to COVID-19 measures
The different regional networks in the zdi-community in the German region of North Rhine-Westphalia have responded to the COVID-19 crises by developing several online offers for students (see previous article).
A ZDI Network – also referred to as a ZDI Centre – is a regional partnership of players from politics, schools, universities, enterprises and other partners involved in education who wish to foster young people’s skills in STEM fields. Each ZDI Network is different and tailored to the specific requirements of its region.
Students who would like to learn about programming their own games can now register for online webinars “Learning about online programming with scratch!”. The course covers in total four hours, distributed at two succeeding afternoons. The target group includes boys and girls starting from the seventh grade.
Other online webinars cover topics like “how to design and program a website”, a basic class about CAD 3D Design and “STEM-very close – how to save the world with mathematics!”. To promote the webcourses, the organisers rely on the cooperation with STEM teachers in the region who are informing their students about these possibilities. The online courses are highly sought-after.
Further information is available at the zdi-network’s website (German only - see link above)