Field of action

The ability of students to solve complex problems in a focused, detailed and creative way has gradually decreased over the last decades, but it is a key competence of the 21st century. This trend results in an insufficient preparation for professional life and increases the discrepancy between competences acquired through school education and actual requirements.

Solution approach

We are developing a digital environment that enables students, in the spirit of the Citizen Science approach, to conduct Digital Inquiry Learning, to process self-generated data from the immediate environment, to verify hypotheses that have been formulated, and to make the data and results available to the public on a Young Citizen Science platform.

Target group

The project addresses above all pupils students in teacher training as well as lecturers and scientists who contribute to the development of a digitally who contribute to the development of a digitally supported  application through cocreation processes, use the app as a tool in the context of research-based learning and evaluate it.


What makes your initiative special?

  • Collaboration with schools according to the empowerment approach
  • successful digital learning in pandemic times
  • interdisciplinary and forward-looking
  • innovative and sustainable
  • inclusion of users (co-creation, participation, demand-oriented)

Duration: 12/2020–12/2021

Funded by Stifterverband „Wirkung hoch 100 – Die 100 besten Ideen Deutschlands“

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Principal Investigator: Dr. Frances Hoferichter

Student assistants: Melina Lorke, Paula Finsterbusch