Education based on STEM and art aims to address problems with innovation, creative and critical thinking, cooperation and effective communication. So the visual arts are subjective, intuitive, unique and emotive, while the STEM areas are objective, repeatable, logical and analytical. Fine arts and natural sciences are therefore two areas of education that complement each other.
Nowadays it is not enough just to focus on STEM competencies or just art competencies. Schoolchildren * need to acquire more interdisciplinary skills (cross-disciplinarity of MINT with art, culture, humanities and social sciences) so that they better understand the connection between technical, social and aesthetic innovations.
As a land of ideas and one of the largest export nations in the world, Germany needs qualified young talent for research and development as well as future management positions. For this reason, technical courses in particular are promoted and heavily advertised at universities.
Mathematical, scientific and technical education is also an essential prerequisite for the active participation of each individual in social communication and forming opinions on technical development and scientific research. It helps to understand the modern world and its formative forces and effects and is therefore a fundamental component of contemporary general education (KMK).
In addition, it is an indispensable prerequisite for the further development and intensification of social opinion-forming processes, since the evaluation of developments and tendencies as well as ethical questions about the application and use of scientific knowledge requires relevant specialist knowledge.
By ensuring the necessary technical and methodological knowledge about interrelationships and ways of thinking in order to be able to orientate oneself better in the natural and technological world and thus support the promotion of appropriate talents and abilities, it also makes a contribution to better educational opportunities ( KMK).
Accordingly, the MINT subjects of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and computer science are an integral part of the curriculum for secondary level I and upper secondary level and are taught in more depth in the weekly project days and advanced courses. We attach great importance to a diverse range of natural sciences, including in interdisciplinary lessons, in our extracurricular activities and in the whole day.
Criteria for the MINT department include a wide-ranging and continuous choice of options in the interdisciplinary MINT project days, as well as didactic and methodical concepts to promote independent and experimental work, participation in competitions and international educational projects and cooperation with universities and companies, and much more
It is our goal to promote the creativity of the students and to enable them an aesthetic high school education in the sense of a holistic personality development. In addition to speaking and thinking about one's own artistic products and those of others, this also includes dealing with works from art history and current visual worlds.
At the Mentora Gymnasium we would like to combine the competence areas of the art class design, reflection and perception, ie the aesthetic and artistic competence of the students. In addition to imparting knowledge of the history of art and basic design skills, we want to encourage students in lower secondary and upper secondary school to try out artistic ways of thinking and acting individually.
Our high school enables creative work in the classic forms of expression painting and graphics, but also in other diverse teaching projects, e.g. B. in the areas of plastic, photography, film and design.
Partnership - Berlin International University of Applied Sciences
The Mentora Gymnasium is located in the same building as the Berlin International University of Applied Sciences in Berlin Charlottenburg. The spatial proximity, but also the partnership with the courses in architecture, product design, interior design and interior design as well as graphic design & visual communication, give the students of our high school the unique opportunity to have project-oriented learning experiences with students and lecturers from these fields of study.
Through this cooperation, specialist learning and specialist skills complement each other and they are enriched and deepened through other artistic perspectives.