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23.04.2013

Wintershall brings science to primary schoolsThe science project "NaWi" in Kassel / Wintershall promotes science classes at primary schools / Wintershall employees pass on their knowledge

Why do icebergs float? Is air really “nothing”? And what does sugar have to do with potatoes? Primary school pupils can find answers to these and other interesting questions at the experimental project “NaWi”, which is sponsored by Wintershall.

Germany’s largest oil and natural gas producer has formed a one-year education partnership with primary schools in Kassel, and will work together closely with the Wissensfabrik (“knowledge factory”) on the “NaWi” project. This joint initiative of over 100 companies and foundations has the goal of promoting education for young children and primary school students. Since the beginning of the year, the project “NaWi” has been hosted at seven different primary schools in Kassel, and has brought together Wintershall and the different primary schools.

The Wintershall-promoted education project gives pupils a chance to learn theoretical basics of natural science. “Since we want to bring the fascinating world of natural science to young children and promote early learning, we have made “NaWi” available for free”, says Nina Kimm, Team Leader of Wintershall’s Event Management.

 "NaWi" – Learning by playing

The idea of the “NaWi” project is to playfully find answers to questions from the world of natural science. Up to 30 children can conduct 46 different experiments on the topics water, air and food. “NaWi” was developed on behalf of the Wissensfabrik by the Professorship of Chemistry Didactics at the University of Frankfurt/Main.

“By experimenting and researching on their own, the girls and boys can have positive learning experiences.  At the same time, they can improve their team work, creativity and social skills. These abilities are already career-relevant today, and they will become even more important in the future”, says Wintershall Project Manager Nicole Langemann.

Wintershall donates experiment sets to primary schools

The Wintershall employees Andrea Scholle and Karina Schmidt were trained as experts at the Institute of Chemistry Didactics at the University of Frankfurt/Main. They now pass their knowledge on to primary school teachers at the events together with their colleague Julia Schmitt.

The one-year education partnership with primary schools in Kassel will also include Wintershall donating experiment sets, teacher’s handbooks as well as work sheets for third and fourth grades. The experiments on the topics water, air and food will be a part of school classes. The project will be guided scientifically. At the end of the project, the involved teachers will meet and exchange their experiences.

The “Wissensfabrik” was founded in 2005 by BASF and other companies as a non-profit association, with a focus on education and entrepreneurship. There are already over 100 companies in the network across Germany, including Wintershall. More than 2400 education partnerships have already been formed.

Wintershall Holding GmbHbased in Kassel, Germany, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BASF in Ludwigshafen. The company has been active in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas for over 80 years. Wintershall focuses on selected core regions, where the company has built up a high level of regional and technological expertise. These are Europe, North Africa, South America, as well as Russia and the Caspian Sea region. In addition, these operations are complemented by the company’s growing exploration activities in the Arabian Gulf. Today, the company employs more than 2,500 staff worldwide from 40 nations and is now Germany’s largest crude oil and natural gas producer. With the natural gas trading and transport subsidiaries it operates together with Russia’s Gazprom, the BASF subsidiary is also an important gas supplier on the German and European market.

Contact: Stefan Leunig