Tiemann Chemistry      Education Lab


Start up - Extension

November 2018

Video game based learning of problem solving seems to be a current topic in the business world as well: PhD student Amany Annaggar was able to convince in the last six months a jury of the concept of the new company "SciPlay" and now receives financial support from BerlinStartUp to expand the business idea for another six months. 


November 2018

Marvin Rost, PhD student working on an assessment tool formental modeling of scientific reasoning, is visiting Prof. DavidFortus at Weizmann Institutes, Israel. He will discuss theextensive results of his quantitative study with him untilJanuary 2019. The aim is to conduct the analyses and interpretations from an international perspective and to learn about other procedures and approaches on the ground.


November 2018

A delegation from the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education, visits Prof. Dr. Tiemann in February 2019 for a multi-day workshop on "Tinkering and Problem solving" as a strategy for teaching and learning in the natural sciences. Members of the Chemistry Education Lab at Humboldt-University and members of the Science Education Group of Homerton College will discuss the similarities and differences of both approaches on the basis of concrete project examples.


Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Tiemann

Head of the Chemistry Education Lab

The research program of the Tiemann Chemistry Education Lab has a strong commitment to knowledge acquisition by problem solving. In quantitative studies with technology based tools the focus is on describing, assessing and supporting  the fundamental mechanism behind this process.  



"We only think when we are confronted with problems."

(John Dewey)



Combined with the use of experiments and the use of mental models to understand  core concepts of Chemistry, the research program empowers the Tiemann Chemistry Education Lab  theory driven and empirically founded to investigate students' thinking individually or in classrooms. Alumni group members serve as Professors, for Science Outreach Organizations or as Chemistry Teachers.



The Chemistry Education Lab at Humboldt-University serves more than 100 students at K-12 (Sekundarstufe) and primary level (Primarstufe) each year through a diverse portfolio of theoretical background knowledge and first practical learning experiences. 


The professional learning program is designed to improve the skills and competencies in creating innovative learning environments and to learn first teaching experiences. Up to 10 students per year have the chance to finish their studies in T-CEL with a thesis (M.Ed.). 

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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Department of Chemistry

Brook-Taylor Str. 2

12489 Berlin

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