DIT is the seat of the STEM region of Lower Bavaria with focus on districts in which it is research or study site: Deggendorf, Freyung-Grafenau, Regen, Rottal-Inn. The aim of the STEM region, together with its cooperation partners, is to inspire young people to participate in STEM, to provide information about STEM professions and the opportunities in their region at an early stage, to make local offers and empyers visible, and to involve parents and teachers as important initiators and multipliers. The focus is always on engaging young girls and young women to STEM. This is intended to counteract the lack of skilled workers in the technical field.
A review of the MINTerAKTIV project of DIT STEM network can be found on the STEM website of the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and Art or directly here in the final report on page 36. The STEM region of Lower Bavaria is part of the STEM Network Bavaria and is supported by companies and the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and Art. All information on STEM in the region: https://www.mint-niederbayern.de/
With the quality offensive of the National MINT Forum e.V., regional, extracurricular STEM activities are being strengthened. The STEM region of Lower Bavaria is one of 16 selected partners to participate in the pilot phase of the programme starting in spring 2020. As local coordinators, we provice support for initiatives in the region with workshops, online materials and various handouts.
In the context of the MINTchallenge "empowerMINT - Talent knows no gender" of the Stifterverband, the STEM-Team of DIT was awarded as a Best Practice Project for the promotion of women in STEM and included in the MINTcompass.