The Hector Seminar offers a voluntary and supplementary support programme for gifted secondary school students in the North Baden region. The focus of the support is on an in-depth offer in the STEM area, starting in grade 6 up to the upper school level.
Since the 2022/2023 school year, the Hector Research Institute of Education Sciences and Psychology has been providing scientific support for the Hector Seminar and conducting a longitudinal evaluation of the programme.
The scientific support is commissioned by the Hector Foundation II and is initially scheduled to run for four years. The results are presented to the advisory board at least once a year.
The aim of the longitudinal study is to examine talent development in secondary school and, in this context, to look at support effects and success factors of continuous enrichment.
How do gifted pupils generally develop in secondary school, what are positive development factors and how much do gifted pupils in the natural sciences benefit from participation in the Hector Seminar?
In addition to the question of subject-related competence gain, it is also of interest to what extent attendance at the Hector Seminar promotes the formation of socio-emotional competences as well as the creativity of gifted pupils.