This is the webpage for the Blue Engineering Summer University at the Technical University of Berlin
Introduction to Blue Engineering
The interdisciplinary Blue Engineering Course offers prospective engineers a look beyond their horizons and an (inter-)active approach to their social and ecological responsibility. This gives them the opportunity to become aware of their own values and reflect them with others. In addition, the teaching/learning process is essentially shifted to the students, so that they assume responsibility co-conducting own course and at the same time co-develop the whole course for the future semesters. All in all, the students complement their specialist knowledge from their regular study programs with orientation skills and competences that help them to know their role in terms of technology and society and to shape it together with others
The concept of building blocks
To raise awareness of and to facilitate discussion on the different aspects of social and ecological responsibility, the Blue Engineering-Group developed the idea of teaching units. These units - named building-blocks - are typically designed for one lesson of 60 or 90 minutes and address a complex issue, e.g. whistle-blowing, ethical codes, technology as problem-solver, social businesses and cooperatives. Through the use of a wide variety of teaching methods the learning outcome depends more on the students as individuals and as a group than on the teachers. Consequently, the people responsible for the course don't function as experts who lecture but rather as moderators of group- and learning-processes. In fact, students may even be included in teaching by letting them prepare and conduct a building-block for the rest of the class. In addition, building-blocks may easily be used by a group of engineers working together in a company for their own continued education.
A short description of two building-blocks may help to better grasp the whole idea:
In the first phase of the block "Greenwashing or Decision Aids - Labels, Certificates and the like", the participants get to know the "seven sins" of greenwashing. Based on this, they develop in small groups creative advertisement for a fictional product by excessively using methods of greenwashing. The advertisement is presented to the entire group and rounded up with a brief discussion. In the second phase of the block the small groups work through brochures of widely known labels and certificates and discuss if they are reliable.
The participants of the block "Technology as a Drama - Technology in Drama" read passages of "The Physicists" by Friedrich Dürrenmatt and "Life of Galilee" by Bertolt Brecht. In small groups they rephrase the key messages in their own words and use them to improvise small scenes. The small groups present their best scenes to the whole group and lead a discussion on their interpretation.
In total there are over 150 building blocks published in German. A set of core building blocks is currently being translated into English - here are already some rather short building blocks to get a first grasp.
- 25 Questions - Building Block
- Technology as problem solver
- Cat video: Material and social requirements of technology
- 100 points: Technology design factors
- A Short Story of Time
- Gender, Diversity and Technology
Examination requirements and grading
You will be assessed in the following ways:
1. Keeping of a learning journal across the whole course for self-reflection. (40/100 points)
2. A short input on a specific technology from your own cultural background (10/100 points)
3. Creation, presentation and execution of a newly created building block, i.e. a self- contained study element. (25/100 points)
4. Documentation of the newly created building block for further use in educational contexts. (25/100 points)
- More or equal to 95 1,0 Excellent
- More or equal to 90 1,3 Very good
- More or equal to 85 1,7 Good
- More or equal to 80 2,0 Good
- More or equal to 75 2,3 Good
- More or equal to 70 2,7 Satisfactory
We will meet at 9am at Fürstenwalder Damm 602, 12587 Berlin. You can best reach the destination via S3 to the station "Friedrichshagen". From there you can either walk 20 minutes to the waterworks, or take the tram 61 in direction of "Rahnsdorf/Waldschänke" until the station "Fürstenwalder Damm" from there you can walk to the waterworks Friedrichshagen.
We suggest that you will bring your own lunch for the day or buy from surrounding stores.
Lignite mine and powerplant Jänschwalde
We will meet at 6:30 at the TU Berlin on the parking space in between the main building and the chemistry building. A bus will pick us up from there and bring us to the lignite mine Jänschwalde. It will take about 2,5 hours to get there. We have booked a tour there from 9:30 to 12 afterwards we will have lunch in the local canteen. The bus will then take us to the powerplant Jänschwalde where we will start our guided tour around 1pm. We will arrive back at the TU around 6pm.
- Closed shoes witout heels
- Clothes that can get dirty
- If you wear contact lenses, consider that there will be coal dust in the air, glasses might be more comfortabel
- If you have medical conditions of the heart, lung, circulation or spine talk to us beforehand, if you can participate
- If you easily become sick when traveling, bring some medication that can eleviate neusea
- If you are afraid of heigths, please consider that there is about a 100m difference in between plattforms
- ...also we will be outside, please consider bringing sun protection
We will meet at the underground station "Afrikanische Straße" at 10am. We will walk outside so please bring sufficient water and sun protection. At around 12:30 you are free to get lunch in the area. We will meet back at the university at 2pm.
Documentation of building blocks
The seminar is hosted by Simone Fischer (email@example.com) and Theresa Jansen (firstname.lastname@example.org)