Hands-on STEM career: Niedersachsen-Technikum

In the Niedersachsen-Technikum, young women get to know some of the STEM professions, such as that of the physicist Dr. Nadine Tinne from the LZH. (Photo: LZH)

LZH | Making technical professions interesting for young women: This is the goal of the Niedersachsen Technikum (Lower Saxony Technical Studies), in which over 400 young women have participated since its initiation in 2012. At the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH), they could take a look at science in action.

The six-month program is meant to make the decision which STEM subject (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) to study easier. The participating women do both practical studies in an institute or company, combined with study tasters at a university.

Following a short introduction to the institute, lectures on the physicist and engineering professions were given during the visit at the LZH at the end of November 2016. Subsequently, the participants could see the research and development work being done at four stations in the scientific departments. “They had already heard of the sensational proof of gravitational waves in September 2015 from the media,” said Mike Botts from the LZH. “We could explain the role that our laser systems played in finding these proofs, making this milestone in physics much more tangible for them.”

More information in German can be found at: www.niedersachsen-technikum.de.

by Melanie Gauch

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  • In the Niedersachsen-Technikum, young women get to know some of the STEM professions, such as that of the physicist Dr. Nadine Tinne from the LZH. (Photo: LZH)
  • The Niedersachsen-Technikum is aimed at female vocational diploma or A-level students. (Chart: Thomas Kugel, Die Lutterlotsen)