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NOCH offer more than 1.500 products for model building enthusiasts: terrain building, track construction, bridges and viaducts, portals, walls and arcades, scenery modelling with treees and bushes, structures, figures, vehicles and decoration items as well as model railway layouts.
NOCH is proactive!
It encourages modelling and fun in schools through the Model Railway Workshop.
Spielen macht Schule
Mehr Zeit für Kinder
Schul-AG in action
Enjoy railway modelling, have fun with learning!
In line with the initiative “Playing at School” (German: “Spielen macht Schule”) organized by the society “More Time for Children” the members of the Industrial Community for Model Railway Exhibitions (German abbreviation: IGEMA) have equipped several schools with a model railway workshop. The German manufacturers Auhagen, Busch, Faller, Märklin, Viessmann and NOCH are actively participating in this youth development providing their support. The Center of Neuroscience and Learning (German abbreviation: ZNL) supervises the model making materials and inspects them for their suitability in education.
In the pilot scheme 60 schools in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Saxony were equipped with generous packages of modelling materials during the school year 2012/2013. Märklin supplied the tracks, the locomotives and the wagons, Auhagen, Busch, Faller and NOCH supplied materials, figures and scenery items for the building of a complete model railway layout.
First the schools had to apply for participation in the scheme by demonstrating how they could integrate a model railway into the everyday life of the school. From the beginning of the application phase it was evident that there were a lot of different ways to get the most out of a model railway workshop at school. In particularly there were ideas about working groups and afternoon care hours as well as a direct integration into school subjects including handicrafts and physics.
In the school year 2013/2014 the model railway workshop entered its second round and another 60 schools have been sponsored.
After the successful conclusion of the pilot scheme schools in other German states such as North Rhine-Westphalia were also included. Once again, exciting concepts and educational ideas were submitted and the best 60 of them have been supplied with packages of modelling materials to make more model railway layouts.
The results from the first year were that the teachers, the pupils and the parents were very enthusiastic about this initiative. At many schools the model railway layout had been used also for other purposes than was originally planned. For example, a teacher told us that they used the layout in the English lesson to teach vocabularies like “building” or “street” or to think up short stories in English. Often the parents and grandparents helped to build the layout. In one case a grandfather bequeathed his own model railway collection so that the pupils of one school had more materials for playing and modelling.
In 2014/2015 a Model Railway Workshop will be established at another 60 selected schools. Besides the German manufacturers Auhagen, Busch, Faller, Märklin and NOCH the company Viessmann will participate as a new member of this initiative. To assist in the organization of this project the Industrial Community for Model Railway Exhibitions works along with the manufacturers.
You will find more information (in German language) about the initiative "Playing at School" here.
Should your school be interested in this project, please feel free to contact us.