Bergische Universität Wuppertal

Goals of the Project Photo-MINT

Note: In German the abbreviation MINT (Mathematik, Informatik, Naturwissenschaften, Technik) is used to denominate a group of school subjects. In English the corresponding group of subjects is currently called STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).

Project Aims

The overall aim of this follow-up project of Photo-LeNa is still the increase in quality of the teaching of chemistry and the related MINT subjects by curricular innovation.
The scientific and didactical benefit for the teaching aimed at by Photo-MINT holds as its leitmotif the electronically excited state A* of molecules and other particle compounds. According to N. J. Turro it is the “heart of all photo processes” and de facto constitutes an “electronic isomer of the ground state”. The possible pathways of its generation and deactivation are to be made accessible and should be structured from a didactical perspective, i.e. they are to be equipped with experiments, concepts and printed as well as electronic materials for the teaching at school and university level.
Following up on Photo-LeNa within Photo-MINT additional chemical definitions and concepts should be readjusted and interdisciplinary bridges between chemistry and other subjects should be developed. Within this field those subjects are chosen in which photo processes also hold key functions within important scientific contents of the respective subject. These are the MINT subjects Physics, Biology and Informatics as well as Geography. From the didactical point of view, it is profitable for each of these subjects if the relevant material and energetic phenomena within the interaction between light and matter are traced back to the elementary processes during and after the interaction of photons with molecules (or other particle compounds), i.e. to discreet units that are characteristic for the chemical approach.
Therefore, the chemistry of the excited states obtains a groundbreaking function within the opening up and the subsequent curricular integration of photo processes into the syllabi of other MINT subjects. This working hypothesis should be proved within the modules of the Photo-MINT project.