The South Baltic WebLab aims at attracting school students to marine sciences and at promoting respective studies at universities in the South Baltic Area (SBA). It will also inform them about the relevant labour market and will encourage them to see their professional future within the SBA.
(1) We will offer highly sophisticated eLearning modules on different Baltic Sea research issues - a kind of virtual laboratory for young people. The modules will be designed in close cooperation of all partners, following the didactic approach of problem-based, self-directed learning.
(2) We will provide a database about all institutions working in the field of oceanography within the SBA with target-group relevant information, for instance, on offers for internships. A selection of 21 oceanographers will present their everyday work in the form of blogs and will encourage young visitors of the site to add their own blogs, documenting interviews with "their" scientists from adjacent institutes. Thus, the students will be stimulated to get in "real" contact with scientists, too.
(3) Annual science camps will bring together school students age 15-18 from all participating regions and will offer tutored field campaigns at changing sites.
(4) The frame programme of these camps will include panel discussions and best-practise competitions, which, as a further target group, integrate school authorities from the local to regional level of all participating regions to serve the exchange of experience with "science meets school" activities.
The consortium comprises five universities from all SBA countries: Szczecin/Poland, Klaipeda/Lithuania, Rostock/Germany, Lund/Sweden as well as the Technical University of Denmark. These represent the organisations responsible for student education. And, two public research institutes from Poland (Sopot) and Germany (Rostock-Warnemünde) representing potential employers. School representatives from 4 SBA countries accompany the project as associated organisations. Contracts among the partners will ensure long-term usage and up-dating of the WebLab.