The student exchange between the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics (OSSM) and the Gymnasium Korntal-Münchingen (GKM), in Korntal-Münchingen, Germany facilitated through the German American Partnership Program (GAPP), celebrates its third year this June. From June 24 through July 10, 11 OSSM students will stay with host families while they attend school and visit Stuttgart, Frankfurt and other sites in the state of Baden-Württemberg. They will also have the opportunity to tour the Landtag (State Diet) where they can compare the German state government process to Oklahoma’s. While there, the group will also celebrate the 200th anniversary of the founding of Korntal.
The focus of this year’s exchange is conservation, sustainability and responsible stewardship. While in Germany, OSSM students will learn about local recycling efforts and visit a recycling center to learn how schools and individuals can contribute to conservation efforts. When the group comes to Oklahoma, they will visit the Oklahoma State University (OSU) Recycles Facility on the Stillwater campus and learn about the schoolwide initiative to reduce waste and save energy.