Why is glass a ceramic

What do glass, ceramics and steel have in common?

“We have prepared interesting lectures, experiments and practical laboratory courses on all aspects of ceramics, glass and steel. The pupils learn a lot about similarities that cannot be guessed at first glance from the different materials. They also find out when they meet and how they can develop optimal properties together, ”explains Kathrin Häußler from the Institute for Ceramics, Glass and Building Materials Technology at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg.

The institutes for ceramics, glass and building materials technology as well as for iron and steel technology are opening their laboratories so that the pupils can take a closer look at the materials and their areas of application. Experimenting will reveal the many similarities between the materials. In the laboratory internships and on test facilities, the participants cast and harden steel or manufacture ceramics themselves. They can also check and enamel the materials or examine the structure under a scanning electron microscope.

On excursions to the Duravit company in Meißen, the Edelstahlwerk Freital and omeras GmbH in Lautern, the participants learn how their knowledge is put into practice. Graduates of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg guide through the companies and present the work of an engineer, from the production of stainless steel in blast furnaces to the production of sanitary ceramics to the melting of glass.

MINT-EC - The National Excellence School Network

MINT-EC is the national excellence network of schools with upper secondary level and a distinctive profile in mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology (MINT). It was founded by employers in 2000 and works closely with their regional education initiatives. MINT-EC offers a wide range of events and funding opportunities for schoolchildren as well as advanced training and professional exchange for teachers and school administrators. The network with currently 267 certified schools with around 289,500 pupils and 22,700 teachers has been under the patronage of the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder (KMK) since 2009. The main sponsors of MINT-EC are the employers' association Gesamtmetall as part of the think ING initiative. as well as the Siemens Stiftung and the Bavarian employers' associations vbm bayme / vbw.

Questions on this topic answered:
Jana Zielsdorf, Tel .: 030-4000 67-37