Bioeconomy, as theme of the Science Year 2020, as part of the sustainability strategy of the state of Brandenburg and the global sustainability goals, is the focus of the cooperation project “BioKiK: Understanding bioeconomy – Come into the cycle” by ATB and IGZ.
We ask ourselves how young people can get excited about bioeconomy and the corresponding research, and how they can get interested in actively participating in the creation of solutions and changing their habits for a more sustainable life. Students in grades 7-10 from Brandenburg schools are invited to deal with the circular economy as an important area of bioeconomy. By observing and evaluating one’s own throw-away behavior, the project creates awareness for the creation of waste and its avoidance. The focus is on the use of alternative raw and residual materials as well as the possibilities of replacing waste components with bio-based or recyclable materials and thus reusing them in a largely loss-free way. The students keep a garbage diary and develop their own product and recycling ideas as part of an organic hackathon. In this way, the perception of resource consumption and possibilities for the use of alternative biogenic raw materials are strengthened in an action-oriented approach.
BioKiK website: https://biokik.de/