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Bild1.pngWith the student competition, our fourth installment of the Going Green project comes to a conclusion. Overall, 43 courses from nine Bundesländer and four U.S. states registered on our platform. Over five hundred students and their teachers spent many weeks exploring sustainable activities Germany and the U.S., discovering how their behavior can impact the environment, and figuring out innovative ways to create positive change in their communities.

The Teach About US team and our partners are delighted to announce the following student projects as winners of the Going Green 2018 Awards! Congratulations to all students and teachers!

These are the nine winning projects:

 
 
Going Green Together – A German-American Sustainability School Project

by the Project Week Course (grades 7-12) at Louise-Henriette-Gymnasium in Oranienburg with teacher Jens Rösener, and the Social Studies course at Odyssey Charter School in Wilmington, Del., with teacher Melissa Tracy.

 

Life for Skins

by the English course (grade 12) at Albert-Einstein-Gymnasium in Neubrandenburg, with teacher Petra Wittner.

 

BK Halle Goes Green

by the course Gesellschaftslehre mit Geschichte bilingual at Berufskolleg in Halle (Westf.), with teacher Carla Merschhaus.

 

Leinwig's Lasting Lead – the Road to Sustainability

by the English course (grade 12) at Gymnasium Essen-Werden, with teacher Karsten Brill.

 

Our Sustainability Zone

by the English course 17/5 at Oberstufenzentrum Landkreis Teltow-Fläming in Ludwigsfelde, with teacher Patrick Emmelmann.

 

MTG Goes Green – Introducing the Green Break

by the English course (grade 9) at Mons-Tabor-Gymnasium in Montabaur, with teacher Nina Allgaier.

 

Small Steps for a Big Change

by the English course Q1 at Wilhelm-Kraft-Gesamtschule des Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreises in Sprockhövel, with teacher Martina Westermann, and the current events course at Berrien Springs High School in Berrien Springs, Mich., with teacher John Vitek.

 

Blackout – Wake Up and See the Truth

by the English course 10B at Humboldt-Gymnasium in Potsdam, with teacher Silke Meyfarth.

 

We Make the Environment Great Again!

by the English course 11 BG-W at Saalburgschule in Usingen, with teacher Gisela Wildermuth.

 

The first of these awards were presented on April 19, 2018 at the concluding event in Düsseldorf organized by our friends at the U.S. Consulate and the Nordrhein-Westfalen Education Ministry . Representatives of the five participating schools in Nordrhein-Westfalen were invited to present their project ideas to the public at the Education Ministry. Vice-Consul General Benjamin Chapman and Education Minister Yvonne Gebauer emphasized the creativity and the sense of individual responsibility reflected by all projects and congratulated the students on their success in the competition.

Going Green Winners 2018 in Düsseldorf with Education Minister Gebauer and Vice Consul Chapman

NRW School Minister Yvonne Gebauer and U.S. Vice-Consul Benjamin B. Chapman presented the Going Green 2018 awards to participants from North Rhine-Westphalia: Berufskolleg Halle (Westf.), Friedrich-Bährens-Gymnasium, Wilhelm-Kraft-Gesamtschule, Schule am See Sekundarschule Wetter, and Gymnasium Essen-Werden.

Participants from Rheinland-Pfalz, Hessen, and Baden-Württemberg met on Monday, April 22, 2018 at the invitation of the U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt, the German Earth Day Committee, and IHK Frankfurt. Participants from Berlin and Brandenburg will either be invited to a briefing at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin or an Embassy representative will visit them at their school. Dr. Martina Kohl will contact award recipients shortly to set dates before the summer break.

 Going Green winners 2018 from Montabaur

Participants from Mons-Tabor-Gymnasium Montabaur with their teacher Nina Allgaier receive their award at the Earth Day Celebration in Frankfurt.

Going Green winners 2018 from Usingen

Participants from Saalburgschule in Usingen with their teacher Gisela Wildermuth receive their award at the Earth Day Celebration in Frankfurt.

Congratulations to all participants and competition winners!

 


Joannis Kaliampos is the educational project manager for the U.S. Embassy's Teach About US platform. He is a research assistant at the Institute of English Studies at Leuphana University, Lüneburg and holds a Staatsexamen degree in teaching English and History at the Gymnasium from Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen. Joannis has developed teaching materials and has been leading teacher workshops for the U.S. Embassy's school projects since 2012.

Bild1.png'Going Green – Education for Sustainability' is an intercultural blended-learning project that engages students on both sides of the Atlantic in interdisciplinary project work on English as a foreign language, American studies, environmental and political science. The annual project is part of the Teach About US platform developed by the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, Leuphana University Lüneburg, and LIFE e.V. Since the pilot project in 2014, over 2,500 participants in Germany and the U.S. have participated in four project cycles and have produced over 50 green action plans to implement sustainable development in their local communities. Going Green is a proud recipient of the Germany – Land of Ideas Award 2015.

>>More information on Going Green

>>Database of all green action plans since 2014

 #Competition  #GoingGreen
 

Bild1.pngThe third cycle of the Going Green project concluded in June 2017. After an intensive election season and a school election project that was just as exciting, we anticipated a smaller but not less dedicated group of participants this spring for Going Green. And yet, 23 courses from Germany and the U.S. registered their own Moodle courses and some more participated with our offline materials collection.

The Going Green jury met in early June 2017 to review the student competition entries and awards prizes to seven green action plans in four categories. We are grateful to the U.S. Embassy in Berlin for supporting these student projects once again with monetary prizes intended to kickstart and continue these green projects. These projects all propose unique approaches to promoting sustainability, but they also highlight individual agency and the contributions that each and every one of us can make to combat climate change. In so doing, these students embrace the concept of environmental stewardship aimed at making changes in their communities.

 

Here are the award winning projects from 2017:

 

“INNOVATIVE DIGITAL LEARNING TOOL” (PRIZE MONEY: 500€)

QR-Code-Ralley: LHG Goes Green

Class 12 English at Luise Henriette Gymnasium Oranienburg, Brandenburg, with their teacher Jens Rösener.

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We created an app which includes 10 stations with QR-Codes, which all deal with sustainability at our school. Our class tried to identify how 'green' our school actually is. We set the priority to raise students' awareness of green issues and wanted to create something that future generations of students could benefit from. Therefore, we developed a QR-Code Rallye that students from class 8 have already put into practice. From the next school year onwards, new students in class 7 will get the chance to use our app as well.

 

“COMPREHENSIVE SUSTAINAINABILITY SCHOOL PROJECT” (PRIZE MONEY 500€)

Hands-on: Saalburgschule goes Green

Class 11 BG-W at Saalburschule Usingen, Hessen, with their teacher Gisela Wildermuth.

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The focus of our school’s “Going Green” project was to reduce our community’s environmental footprint through hands-on activities:
  • We raised awareness of the detriments of using plastic in and around our school and took the responsibility of advising and teaching about recycling points in our buildings.
  • Another activity to going green was planting bee-friendly flowers around the school. We created posters to inform other students about the purpose of our activity.
  • We researched and came up with solutions on how our school could save money and reduce the waste of natural resources by slightly modernizing the school’s heating system.
  • We looked at the impact that transportation has on the local environment and pointed out strategies to reduce air pollution.
Through all these activities and supplemental reading, we developed a better understanding of the impact our own behavior has on the environment, and took action to reduce our ecological footprints.

“SCHOOL-BASED RECYCLING CONCEPT” (PRIZE MONEY 500€)

Reusable Bottles at our School

Class FOSP1B at Berufskolleg Höxter, Nordrhein-Westfalen, with their teacher Dagmar Knies.

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We set up a container to collect one-way deposit and refilling containers and designed a poster with relevant information.
Problem. At our school, many students simply leave their drink containers in classrooms or even throw them into the bins for general garbage. This means that the deposit for these containers is lost and that they cannot be reused or recycled, which means environmental harm.
Solution. We put up a container for reusable and recyclable drink containers at a central point in the building. We designed a poster showing how to dispose of bottles and cans. It also describes the German deposit system and environmental effects. We also designed a short informational text for other students to raise additional awareness and explain our idea. If this container is a success, we plan to put up more containers in central areas.
Practice. We need to raise awareness and acceptance. People shouldn't throw their garbage into our container, for example. We also need to talk to the cleaning staff, because they are the ones who collect all the drink containers from all over the building.

 

“SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT PRIZE” (PRIZE MONEY: 1,000€)

Owls and Pillows, Reusing Old Plastic Bottles & It’s going on: Sustainability Ambassadors

Classes 5c, 8a, 8b, and 9a at Schubart-Gymnasium Aalen, Baden-Württemberg, with their teachers Eva Gold, Sarah Garman, Sabine Kroiss, Sonja Sachs, Bettina Schönherr, Stefanie Schulze, and Michael Widinger.

This year marked the third time that students from Schubart-Gymnasium in Aalen participated in our Going Green competition. Four courses developed three different action plans to ‘go green.’ All of them are integrated into a school-wide curriculum focusing on education for sustainable development that is currently being developed by teachers representing different school subjects as well as external partners like Aalen Technical University. The jury applauds this integrative approach and decided to award these groups a joint prize for their collective efforts.

Project 1: Students of classes 8a and 5c joined forces for their upcycling project. They collected old clothes at their school and used these materials to create ‘owl pillows’ that they are planning to present and sell at their upcoming school festival. Grade 8 students also visited their younger partners during class and gave presentations on climate change.

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Project 2: Class 8b focused on the issue of recycling plastic and reached out to their art teacher to create sculptures made from plastic trash. They identified plastic bottles as one major type of trash on their school campus and created a poster campaign to educate their fellow students about the consequences of plastic pollution – and ways to combat this development.

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Project 3: Class 9a, like their fellow students, realized that change for sustainability requires creative and educational approaches. Participating in our competition for the third time, the students have developed a program to train student sustainability ambassadors. One component of this ambassador program is that older students reach out to local primary schools and educate them about green issues.

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Certificate of appreciation

Green Transport Rap

Class 10c at Humboldt Gymnasium Potsdam, with teacher Silke Meyfarth.

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It´s a rap-song about why you should use your bike or public transport instead of your car.
We divided our class in four groups, every group worked on one of the four Going Green Projects. The group that treated transportation was chosen as the best group, so their final result was uploaded here.
The problem that the group identified was that many young people are too lazy to go by bike or public transport, so they let their parents drive them by car. That is a big problem, because it causes much air pollution. And often the distance could easily be driven by bike or public transit.
To approach this, the group wrote a song. Many young people like rap music and also the beat of the song is a instrumental version of a really popular rap-song. Our intention was that many people would remember the song's melody. With the lyrcis of the song, the group wants to motivate teenagers to go by bike or use public transport. It´s necessary that this song gets popular, so that many people hear it and think about the meaning of its lyrics. (The music of the song is the instrumental version of "Palmen aus Plastik" made by "Bonez MC" and "RAF Camora".)
 

Going Green Winners 2014 in Düsseldorf with Prof. David Goldfield from the University North Carolina at Charlotte and Consul General Steve Hubler

The students of class FOSP1B, together with their teacher Dagmar Knies, were invited to the Northrhine-Westphalia Landtag where they received their prize money of EUR 500 from U.S. Consul General Keller and member of parliament Matthias Goeken MdL.

 

Going Green Winners 2014 in Düsseldorf with Prof. David Goldfield from the University North Carolina at Charlotte and Consul General Steve Hubler

Congratulations to the students at Schubart-Gymnasium Aalen on their 1st prize in this year's Going Green school competition. U.S. Consul General Herman handed the award of EUR 1,000 to the students and held a town hall meeting with over 200 students about German-American relations.

 

The Teach About US team and our partners congratulate all participants and competition winners!

 


Marilena Peters has been pursuing her B.A. in teaching Social Studies with a geographical focus and English as a Foreign Language at Leuphana University Lüneburg since 2015. After finishing her studies with a Master’s degree, Marilena intends to teach at an elementary school.

Bild1.png'Going Green – Education for Sustainability' is an intercultural blended-learning project that engages students on both sides of the Atlantic in interdisciplinary project work on English as a foreign language, American studies, environmental and political science. The annual project is part of the Teach About US platform developed by the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, Leuphana University Lüneburg, and LIFE e.V. Since the pilot project in 2014, over 2,500 participants in Germany and the U.S. have participated in four project cycles and have produced over 50 green action plans to implement sustainable development in their local communities. Going Green is a proud recipient of the Germany – Land of Ideas Award 2015.

>>More information on Going Green

>>Database of all green action plans since 2014

#Competition #GoingGreen
 

Bild1.pngIn 2016, we were able to award 13 first prizes for student projects that exhibited outstanding creativity and innovative thinking, applicability in local communities, and a high quality of presentation – all done in the students' foreign language English.

The Teach About US team and our partners want to thank everyone who participated and helped make this contest a success. Congratulations to all students and teachers!

 


Video: Going Green project finale at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Berlin, April 2016.

The award-winning Going Green action plans are:

 

Best Video

Going Green video ideas

by course  5e at Gymnasium Essen-Werden with teacher Karsten Brill.

 

Best Bulletin Board

Our food – local, healthy, sustainable

by the Biology bilingual course (grade 10) at Städtisches Gymnasium Gevelsberg with teacher Birgit Klöber.

 

Best Website

How much water do we eat?

by the project group English at Dalton-Gymnasium Alsdorf, with teacher Anissa Schiffer.

 

Community Engagement Award

Act locally: Our Bike Day, our Donation to the Peace Village in Oberhausen and Teaching Refugees

by the course Q1 and Schülervertretung at Dalton-Gymnasium Alsdorf, with teacher Anissa Schiffer.

 

Transatlantic Reward

SG Goes Green

by the course 8a at Schubart-Gymnasium Aalen, with teachers Bettina Schönherr and Ilona Ackermann.

 

Most Comprehensive Award to Save the Environment

Small Steps for a Big Change

by the English course Q1 at Wilhelm-Kraft-Gesamtschule des Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreises and Berrien Springs High School, with teachers Martina Westermann and John Vitek.

 

Most Artistic Project

Plastic is everywhere!

by the course 7e at Goethe Gymnasium Frankfurt am Main with teacher Anne von Rekowski.

 

Best Powerpoint Presentation

Einstein Goes Green!

by the grade 11 at Albert-Einstein-Gymnasium Maintal, with teacher Jil Behr.

 

Most Innovative Product Idea (Print)

Green World - all about plastic!

by the grade 10a at Humboldt-Gymnasium Potsdam, with teacher Silke Meyfarth.

 

Best Presentation

Life Cycle of Clothes

by the grade 10a at Gymnasium Hittfeld Seevetal, with teacher Philipp Schmidt.

 

Most Innovative Product Idea

Slow Down Fast Fashion

by the English course grade 11 at BIP-Kreativitätsgymnasium Leipzig, with teacher Madlen Naumann.

 

Most Creative Contribution

Greenefying Our Scholl School

by grade 11 at Geschwister-Scholl-Schule Zossen, with teacher Patrick Emmelmann.

 

As you all know, for such projects to succeed, it takes more than a learning platform and the prospect of presenting your idea to a large audience. In fact, what all of these student projects have in common is a teacher who sparked enthusiasm and inspired creativity among their students. This is why we decided to make this engagement visible by creating the Most Engaged Teacher Award. Four teachers share this award:

 

  • Anissa Schiffer (Dalton-Gymnasium Alsdorf)
     
  • Chiara Catalano (Georg-Herwegh-Gymnasium Berlin)
     
  • Bettina Schönherr and Ilona Ackermann (Schubart-Gymnasium Aalen)

 

They all impressed us with their meticulous work on the Moodle plattform and the fact that they all succeeded in truly engaging their students in community outreach activities. They helped build partnerships with elected officials, local businesses, or institutions of higher education as part of their Going Green participation. With this award, we want to honor the commitment of these colleagues and shine a light on outstanding teacher engagement – which all too often is not being recognized the way it should be.

Our competition winners were invited to present their action plans to fellow project participants at concluding events in Berlin, Frankfurt, and Düsseldorf. If you couldn't make it to these events or want to relive the experience, here are some impressions from these
events.

 Going Green Winners 2014 in Düsseldorf with Prof. David Goldfield from the University North Carolina at Charlotte and Consul General Steve Hubler

Going Green Award Winners at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Berlin.

 

Going Green Winners 2014 in Düsseldorf with Prof. David Goldfield from the University North Carolina at Charlotte and Consul General Steve Hubler

Going Green 2016 Final Event in Frankfurt.

Here are some more impressions from the final event in Berlin at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung:

Once again, the entire Teach About US team and our partners would like to congratulate all students and teachers who participated in Going Green and made this project such a  sustainable success!

 


Marilena Peters has been pursuing her B.A. in teaching Social Studies with a geographical focus and English as a Foreign Language at Leuphana University Lüneburg since 2015. After finishing her studies with a Master’s degree, Marilena intends to teach at an elementary school.

Bild1.png'Going Green – Education for Sustainability' is an intercultural blended-learning project that engages students on both sides of the Atlantic in interdisciplinary project work on English as a foreign language, American studies, environmental and political science. The annual project is part of the Teach About US platform developed by the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, Leuphana University Lüneburg, and LIFE e.V. Since the pilot project in 2014, over 2,500 participants in Germany and the U.S. have participated in four project cycles and have produced over 50 green action plans to implement sustainable development in their local communities. Going Green is a proud recipient of the Germany – Land of Ideas Award 2015.

>>More information on Going Green

>>Database of all green action plans since 2014

#Competition #GoingGreen
 

Bild1.pngOver 900 participants in 58 online courses registered for the Going Green 2014 school projects. We received many motivating news from different parts of the country – students who organized a flash mob, others who designed a mobile app, individuals and groups who reached out to local businesses, scholars, and policy makers, and an entire course that interviewed NGO representatives on Skype.

The Teach About US team and our partners want to thank everyone who participated and helped make this contest a success. Congratulations to all students and teachers!

Video: Going Green 2014 finale at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Berlin with project participants and U.S. Ambassador John B. Emerson.

 

These are the winning projects of the Going Green 2014 Awards:

 


Presentation

First Prize: Plastic and Trash

by the English Course (grade 12) at Goethe-Gymnasium in Schwerin with teacher Susanne Herbrand-Escher.

 

1st Runner-up: Humboldt Goes Green

by the English Course (grade 11) at Humboldt-Gymnasium in Potsdam with teachers Patrick Emmelmann and Carola Gnadt.

 

2nd Runner-up: If you save the world, you can save yourself

by the English Course (grade 8a) at Nicolaus-Cusanus-Gymnasium in Bonn with teacher Melanie Shriner.

 

2nd Runner-up: Get going, go green!

by the English Course (grade 12) at Goethe-Gymnasium in Schwerin with teacher Susanne Herbrand-Escher.


Blog/Website

First Prize: Alsdorf goes Green

by the bilingual project course (grade 12) with American exchange students at Dalton-Gymnasium in Alsdorf, with teacher Anissa Schiffer.

 

1st Runner-up: Think Globally, Act Locally

by the English Course (grade 11) at Louise-Henriette-Gymnasium in Oranienburg with teacher Jens Rösner.

 

Video

First Prize: Wake up! Go green!

by the English course (grade 9b) at Nicolaus-Cusanus-Gymnasium in Bonn, with teacher Melanie Shriner.

 

1st Runner-up: Philantrophs are going green!

by the English Course (grade 12d) at Gymnasium Philanthropinum in Potsdam with teacher Heike Piornak-Sommerweiß.

 

2nd Runner-up: More culture and nature instead of smartphone failure

by the English Course (grade 8b) at Nicolaus-Cusanus-Gymnasium in Bonn with teacher Melanie Shriner.

 

Most innovative product

First Prize: Superstainable – The Board Game to go Green

by the bilingual Biology course (grade Q1) at Schuldorf Bergstraße in Seeheim-Jugenheim, with teacher Kerstin Oldenburg.

 

1st Runner-up: Sustainable Cosmetics

by the English Course (grade 12) at Albert-Einstein Gymnasium in Neubrandenburg with teacher Petra Wittner.

 

2nd Runner-up: Bag to the roots

by the English course (grade 11) at BIP Kreativitätsgymnasium in Leipzig, with teacher Madlen Naumann.

 

Most creative contribution

First Prize: Greenate – A blog, campaign, and an app

by the bilingual Biology course (grade 10) at Goethe-Gymnasium in Frankfurt, with teacher Anne Schröter

 

1st Runner-up: Regional Food

by the bilingual Biology Course (grade 6a) at Schubert-Gymnasium in Aalen with teacher Bettina Schönherr.

 

Community Engagement Award

First Prize: Going Green – A Campaign, Workshops, and an Art Festival

by the Key Club at Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut in Nürnberg, with program coordinator Kathleen Röber.

Going Green Action Plan Nuremberg from DAI Nuernberg on Vimeo.

 

1st Runner-up: Aska Awareness Day

by the English Course (grade 11) at Askanisches Gymnasium in Berlin with teacher Matthias Klaudius.

 

2nd Runner-up: Food for Thought

by the English course (grade 11) at Strittmatter-Gymnasium in Gransee, with teacher Heike Grützmacher.

 

Transatlantic Award

Goethe goes green

by the LK English 1st term at Goethe Oberschule in Berlin, with teacher Christina Kurzmann, and the Green Team at Fayetteville High School in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

 

Most Popular Award

Bag to the roots

by the English course (grade 11) at BIP Kreativitätsgymnasium in Leipzig, with teacher Madlen Naumann.

 

We concluded the Going Green project and student competition with events in Düsseldorf (December 4) and Berlin (December 5). In Düsseldorf, participating courses and teachers were welcomed at the Nordrhein-Westfalen Schulministerium. Our Going Green participants presented their green action plans and discussed their ideas with Prof. David Goldfield from the University North Carolina at Charlotte. Consul General, Steve Hubler, and Staatssekretär Ludwig Hecke congratulated the students on their commitment to German-American cooperation and awarded prizes for some of their outstanding green action plans.


Going Green Winners 2014 in Düsseldorf with Prof. David Goldfield from the University North Carolina at Charlotte and Consul General Steve Hubler

Our friends at the U.S. Consulate General Duesseldorf and Schulministerium NRW hosted a meeting with students from Nicolaus Cusanus Gymnasium Bonn, Gymnasium Alsdorf, and Gymnasium Essen-Werden in Düsseldorf.

 

In Berlin, U.S. Ambassador John B. Emerson and the Going Green team welcomed students from eight Bundesländer at our national concluding event that was generously hosted by our friends at Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. Prof. Goldfield joined us again for this event and discussed the green action plans with the students. Ambassador Emerson awarded prizes for excellent student contributions and underlined the importance of civic engagement for sustainable development.


 

Congratulations to all participants and competition winners!

 


Marilena Peters has been pursuing her B.A. in teaching Social Studies with a geographical focus and English as a Foreign Language at Leuphana University Lüneburg since 2015. After finishing her studies with a Master’s degree, Marilena intends to teach at an elementary school.

Bild1.png'Going Green – Education for Sustainability' is an intercultural blended-learning project that engages students on both sides of the Atlantic in interdisciplinary project work on English as a foreign language, American studies, environmental and political science. The annual project is part of the Teach About US platform developed by the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, Leuphana University Lüneburg, and LIFE e.V. Since the pilot project in 2014, over 2,500 participants in Germany and the U.S. have participated in four project cycles and have produced over 50 green action plans to implement sustainable development in their local communities. Going Green is a proud recipient of the Germany – Land of Ideas Award 2015.

>>More information on Going Green

>>Database of all green action plans since 2014

#Competition #GoingGreen
 

On November 7, 160 students representing 34 schools from Berlin (18), Brandenburg (9), Saxony (4), Saxony Anhalt (1) Niedersachsen (1), and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (1) declared their election forecasts for the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. Ambassador Emerson discussed the students' results together with Bill Chandler at the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Berlin.

At the same time, another group of participants from North Rhine-Westphalia met at the NRW Schulministerium in Düsseldorf together with Consul General Michael R. Keller and Schulministerin Sylvia Löhrmann.

This is the project outcome produced by our participants:

Project Prediction

Created with the CNN Electoral College Map Maker.

This year, our participants' prediction did not turn out correct. Here are the actual election results from November 8, 2016. Republican candidate Donald Trump won with 279 to 228 electoral college votes over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Screenshot from The New York Times.

 

As part of the U.S. Election Project, participants submitted learner products in a competition for creative project outcomes. Below are the winning student contributions. Awards were given in ten categories plus five transatlantic cooperation awards for outstanding efforts to facilitate transatlantic cooperation within the project.

 

Best Campaign Video:

Washington State Goes Blue

Sebastian-Münster-Gymnasium Ingelheim (Rhl.-Pf.)

 

Best Newspaper:

The Salem General in Oregon

BSZ Schwarzenberg (Sachsen)

 

Best Collage:

Hillary vs. Donald – Who will strengthen the American economy?

Humboldtschule Bad Homburg (Hessen)

 

Best Creative Video:

Hillarylarious!

Max-Planck-Gymnasium Gelsenkirchen (Nordrhein-Westfalen)

 

 

Best Poster:

8 Reasons Why Wyoming Will Vote Republican

Herder-Gymnasium Berlin

 

Best Creative Song:

Rhode Island Rap

Katholische Schule Salvator Berlin

 

 

Best Website:

Presidential Election in Missouri

Friderico-Francisceum Bad Doberan (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)

 

Best Educational Video:

U.S. Embassy School Election Project: Washington

Mataré-Gymnasium Meerbusch (Nordrhein-Westfalen)

 

 

Best Blog:

My Life in Pennsylvania

Mons-Tabor Gymnasium Montabaur (Rheinland-Pfalz)

 

Most Creative Contribution:

Get Votes – The Game

Friderico-Francisceum Bad Doberan (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)

 

Transatlantic Award

It is with great pride and pleasure that the Teach About US team awards a transatlantic cooperation prize to five of our German-American tandems, who share the fact that students and teachers alike have done a tremendous job making the election project a truly binational encounter.

The Teach About US team would like to recognize for their achievements for transatlantic understanding:

  • Oranienburg/Washington, MO: Jens Rösener with his class at Louise-Henriette-Gymnasium, Oranienburg, and Allison Graves and her students at Washington High School in Washington, Missouri;
  • Gransee/Clemmons, NC: Heike Grützmacher and students at Strittmatter-Gymnasium in Gransee together with Amber Alford and students at West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, North Carolina;
  • Berlin/Fayetteville, AR: Christina Kurzmann and her class at Goethe Gymnasium Lichterfelde in Berlin, together with Amber Pinter at Fayetteville High School in Fayetteville Arkansas, who have been maintaining their school partnership for 30 years now;
  • Soest/Bloomington, MN: Dr. Markus Schröder with his class at Hubertus-Schwartz-Berufskolleg in Soest, and their U.S. partner Brian Trusinsky and his class at Thomas Jefferson Senior High School in Bloomington, Minnesota;
  • Sprockhövel/Oronoko Township, MI: Martina Westermann and her students at Wilhelm-Kraft-Gesamtschule des Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreises in Sprockhövel, who collaborated with John Vitek and his class at Berrien Springs High School in Oronoko Township, Michigan.

 

Congratulations again to all winners!

 

Take a look at some impressions from the concluding events that took place a day before the elections in Berlin and Düsseldorf:

Berlin, Nov. 7, 2016 at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

 

 Düsseldorf, Nov. 7, 2016 at the Schulministerium NRW

 

Summary of Press and media coverage

The project was also featured in a number of regional and national media reports. 

 

ZDF 02.11.2016

US-Wahl als Schulprojekt: Schüler lernen über Swing States und das amerikanische Wahlsystem

 

Lüneburger Landeszeitung 03.11.2016

Schüler sagen Ergebnis der US-Wahl voraus

 

Berliner Zeitung 07.11.2016

Schulprojekt: Hillary siegt mit großem Vorsprung

 

Leuphana Universität Lüneburg 07.11.2016

Trump oder Clinton - Können deutsche Schüler wirklich das Ergebnis der US-Wahl vorhersagen?

 

Der Tagesspiegel 07.11.2016

Schülerprognose zur US-Wahl: Clinton gewinnt


Siegerland Kurier 08.11.2016

Clinton oder Trump - Gymnasium Stift Keppel Hilchenbach nahm am „U.S. Election Project“ teil

 

WAZ 08.11.2016

US-Wahl: Stift Keppel tippt auf Clinton


Märkische Online Zeitung 08.11.2016

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Marilena Peters has been pursuing her B.A. in teaching Social Studies with a geographical focus and English as a Foreign Language at Leuphana University Lüneburg since 2015. After finishing her studies with a Master’s degree, Marilena intends to teach at an elementary school.

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The US Embassy School Election project attracted over 1,500 participants 2012 and more than 3,000 participants in 2016, including students in over 40 courses in the U.S. German students adopted one U.S. state and became its virtual citizens, reviewed local and social media critically and evaluated the political debates in the weeks leading to the presidential elections. Many German students reached out to their U.S. partners to learn first-hand how the election campaign was perceived by U.S. citizens in urbans centers and rural regions alike. They predicted the election outcome in their state. In 2012, these students' predictions were more accurate than many nationally broadcast polls. Four years later, as most pundits and pollsters failed to predict the stunning electoral college win by the Republican party's candidate Donald J. Trump, our German students didn't have a crystal-ball either.

The U.S. Embassy School Election Project was awarded the renowned Hans-Eberhard-Piepho Prize for Ideas in Communicative Language Teaching in 2013.

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