In Germany, the acronym MINT represents the four study areas that parallel STEM Education in America.
Mathematics, information technology, science and technology.
MINT or STEM programs aim to spark enthusiasm for the often-neglected studies they represent.
Kennametal Ebermannstadt is a proud advocate of the MINT21-Initiative and proud partner to local school Realschule Ebermannstadt — one of 68 MINT21 network schools specifically funded by the Bavarian State.
Thorsten Borchardt, Kennametal Ebermannstadt Plant Manager, encourages his employees to actively support MINT21 by participating in initiative efforts. Kennametal most recently partnered with the local school to co-host their annual “MINT Days.”
“MINT Days” Objectives:
- Introduce math and science to students in a fun and engaging way.
- Encourage students to select WPG (mathematics and science) electives.
- Share insight about science and technical career opportunities.
Borchardt believes it’s very important for students to familiarize themselves with various technical occupations through hands-on, behind-the scenes experiences. He encourages students to explore Kennametal’s internship program, where they are granted the chance to do so.
Otmar Baehr, employee of Technical Education at Kennametal Ebermannstadt, considers the relationship between his company and the local school “a particularly valuable opportunity for the students.”
- Provide support to students seeking future job opportunities.
- Grow the female population in technical occupations.
- Support projects, such as “IT Education,” “Nature and Technology,” and “Girls Day.“
Additionally, Kennametal is a sponsor of the Engineering & Technology Award presented to top Realschule Ebermannstadt students each year.Educational projects are exceptionally influential for the future of the industry. Kennametal is honored to play a role in making them possible.
To learn more about scholarships, apprenticeships, tuition reimbursement and institutional partnerships supported by the Kennametal Foundation, visit HERE.