- Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Workshops for pupils
From the idea to the prototype – design thinking meets additive manufacturing
Developing new ideas and solving problems creatively – that’s what we want to do with you. As part of a design thinking challenge, you will develop new and innovative solutions that you can then bring to life on our 3D printers. On your way to finding a solution, you will explore the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, take a look at our labs and discuss your ideas with scientists.
Duration: 90-120 min, max. Participants: 20
How engineers cook
WWhen we want to make pasta, we first get our water boiling. We heat the water to about 100 °C until it starts to bubble. We engineers then also speak of simmering. So we know quite well what happens to water when we heat it. But what happens if we take a liquid other than water? Does it then also boil at 100°C or are there differences here?
We want to design a new ice cream creation with you.
To do this, you will learn how an ice cream machine works and why “boiling” plays such a big role. To test whether our ice cream has turned out well in the end, we will of course have to taste it. Afterwards, we will think about how we can produce our product in large quantities so that other people can also buy our new ice cream creation.
Duration: 90-120 min, max. Participants: 14
Laser, the special tool
Lasers can be used to process a wide range of materials: For cutting, welding, marking and engraving. However, laser technology also makes it possible to print metallic, three-dimensional components. The workshop shows the principle of the laser, how a laser beam interacts with metal and how massive geometries can be produced from metal powder.
Duration: 30 min, max. Participants: 10
Nothing but foam
Foams can be found in many places in our everyday lives, for example as bath foam, as foamed sugar mass in candy or in the form of Styrofoam as packaging material. They appear in different forms, but have a number of things in common. In the workshop “Nothing but foam” we take a closer look at the large group of foams. The participants produce different types of foam themselves, examine them for their properties and compare their results with each other. In addition to an insight into everyday laboratory life, there will also be small samples from the field of food design.
Duration: 40 min., max. Participants: 12
Easily create augumented reality yourself
Experience the potential of augumented reality with practical examples: This is exactly what pupils can do in this workshop! A software is used that can easily translate paper instructions, for example for complex systems, into augmented reality applications. First, the participants get to know the tool from the perspective of a user. iPads and construction kits from Fischertechnik are being used here.
With the iPads, on which the corresponding AR instructions can be called up, the participants look at the constructions they have previously created with Fischertechnik in camera mode. This automatically shows them on the iPad screen what needs to be done in which order and at which point. In this way, they learn how it works so that they can then create instructions themselves.
Dauer: 180 min, Max. Teilnehmer: 12
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