October 15, 2015: Today nearly sixty students and teachers from Julius Springer school Heidelberg, Geschwister-Scholl Gymnasium Mannheim and Gymnasium Walldorf took part in the EU CodeWeek in fantastic and challenging ERPsimGame workshops in the International Trainings Center in Walldorf.

The workshops started with an introduction of Christiane Bauer, global lead of the SAP Young Thinkers Program, about the EU CodeWeek which aims to support education in IT and to bring awareness to coding. The workshops were initiated by the SAP Young Thinkers Program which corporates with schools to stimulate STEM interests.

Marlene Ritzau, Lecturer at Technische Universität München introduced the students to the exciting ERPsimGame. The simulation game is an innovative “learning-by-doing” process to generate knowledge about enterprise processes. All students work in a simulation and lead a company in a real ERP System. Students and teachers were working in 12 teams, taking over different roles as consumers or suppliers, ordering and delivering products – and challenging each other.

3, 2, set, go! Such a noise! Everybody starts selling, ordering and thinking about powerful and proactive steps and strategies in their groups. Little future CIOs proved their managing tools by directing their teams. The groups were really into the challenge and wanted to maximize their profit. None of the students ever touched a SAP system before and it was really impressive how well and intuitively they interacted with all functions and how much fun they had working with it.

All participants were excited and enthusiastic and to tell a secret: the teachers only won one round out of four.

“It was so easy to use” “It was so much fun” and “can we please use this in school too” were only some of the very positive feedbacks from everybody.

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