The new school year has begun, we welcome many new young people and do everything we can to ensure that they settle in quickly and feel at home.
The young people from our cooperation project ‘Practical experience and basic professional qualification for young refugees’ – 84 young people from seven school classes – each have a whole week in the Fliegerwerkstatt to get to know each other and us, to make their first products from wood and to try out tools and machines.
The first day begins with a specially built team game, then the first toolboxes and stools are made.
By the end of the week, the young people are already working together on larger projects and orders of the Fliegerwerkstatt: Building a round table tennis table for TURBULENCE Berlin, two boxes of sports equipment for the Anna-Lindh-Schule, three benches for the schoolyard of the Carl-von-Ossietzky-Gymnasium, a raised bed for the Westfeldgarten on Tempelhofer Feld and dismantling the Luftschloss at the Atze Musik Theater.
Cooking and having lunch together is an integral part of everyday workshop life. And anyone who wants to can also take a spin in our Boeing737 flight simulator or fulfil their own wish – for example, like two students from the OSZ KIM who are building a coffee table for their home.
The new school year has also begun for the welcome class at the Albert Schweitzer Gymnasium. One day a week is scheduled for the 18 young people as a practical day in the Fliegerwerkstatt.
After their first introductory projects, the young people are quickly involved in ongoing projects or realise their own ideas.
The enthusiasm for wood and metal projects has also spread to other young people at school. As a result, the number of participants in the Albert Schweitzer Gymnasium’s Fliegerwerkstatt work group, which was set up last school year, is also increasing.
To mark the 100th anniversary of Tempelhof Airport, we reconstructed the first temporary construction hut at the then new airport for the hangar of the German Museum of Technology. With the support of Günter Hujer, we were able to recreate the hut true to the original.
For the community garden Rübezahl e.V. two wooden horses designed by MEYLENSTEIN were built by the young people of the Fliegerwerkstatt. With helpers from the association as well as from the neighborhood Schillerpromenade, the two wooden horses were set up in the garden on Tempelhofer Feld and can now be used by families with children to play.
With the CNC milling machine, Arthur went into detail and installed missing programs and suction technology. This allowed the horse heads to be milled exactly to design specifications.
For this year’s Fliegerwerkstatt travel, we went to nearby Werneuchen in Brandenburg. Because this time the just finished wooden canoe was launched for the first time! Eleven young people and our Fliegerwerkstatt team took advantage of the secluded spot at Tiefensee for paddling, swimming and small excursions into the surrounding area.
How does an engine work? What parts does it have and how is it constructed? To take a look inside, we make a cutaway model from the original T 53 helicopter engine.
To do this, all assemblies and parts are disassembled, cut out at predetermined points and then reassembled. This is the plan of Günter Hujer, who himself once worked on precisely this type of engine during his professional training.
In small groups, the young people are currently busy disassembling and labeling the parts.
Our young people from the Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium built mobile kitchen modules for our neighbour Hangar1. There were certain requirements for the dinner-thek, but there was still enough leeway in the design to allow the young people’s ideas to flow in.
With our electric mobile, express delivery was also possible.
We hope you enjoy the cooking, eating and cultural exchange! A project idea initiated and financed by the Ruck Foundation.
Two projects came to a close at our spectacle in December: ‘Instruments of the Continents’ and ‘Mask Play’ – instruments met masks and the piece FRIENDS was created.
Since last spring, our young people set powerful activities in motion to build their ‘Instruments of the Continents’. They sawed, milled, glued, sanded and painted their sounding bodies to finally string them and hear how it sounds.
Dress rehearsal and a look behind the scenes.
Then it finally started. 80 spectators could experience a unique performance and the great effort of our young people.
Almost all the instruments could be found in our play FRIENDS. Some instruments, e.g. the first tin can violins, were on display as exhibits on the event evening.
They played on exclusively self-made instruments, with specially designed masks and stories written for them: The pupils of the Hans-Böckler-Schule, the Friedenauer Gemeinschaftsschule, the Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium, the OSZ Lotis, the OSZ Kim, the OSZ Büro1 and OSZ Körperpflege as well as other young people from the Fliegerwerkstatt Berlin.
The music for the instruments was written by the composer and musician Hansjörn Brandenburg and rehearsed with the young people. The instruments and masks were brought together by the staging of Donald Becker and Renata Messing.
Event professionals Gregor Beling and André Wlodarski provided the right lighting and perfect sound during rehearsals and the performance.
We would like to express our sincere thanks to the Stiftung Berliner Sparkasse for sponsoring the project ‘Instruments of the Continents’ and to the Jugendamt Tempelhof-Schöneberg for sponsoring the project ‘Maskenspiel’ within the framework of the Experimentation Fund.
Our project ‘Practical testing for young refugees’ in cooperation with Arbeit und Bildung e.V. and IPLE is in its fourth year. 72 young people from six schools were each at the Fliegerwerkstatt for a week during their orientation phase. The time until the autumn holidays was used to strengthen the language and social skills of the individual groups, to support their professional orientation and, if possible, to find an internship from November onwards.
All participants were able to take part in the project ‘Instruments of the Continents’ in the Fliegerwerkstatt.