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Robotics program for grades 6 to 9 for all school forms

January 28th, 2020
Robotics program for grades 6 to 9 for all school forms

Municipal Utility Board member Dr. Jörg Teupen and Prof. Dr. Ilka Parchmann have students explain the construction and programming of robot vehicles. They are supported by Frank Lüthjohann, at the IPN © Kieler Forschungswerkstatt

Working, designing and programming in the nawi:werft of the Kieler Forschungswerkstatt Kiel

The new year of nawi:werft started on Wednesday, 22 January 2020, with students from Lilli-Martius Elementary School and Community School as well as IPN Department Director and CAU Vice President Prof. Dr. Ilka Parchmann and Municipal Utility Board Member Dr. Jörg Teupen.

As part of the program, school classes build and program small robots with simple functions in one morning using a wooden board, an ultrasonic sensor and the open source platform Arduino. In order to further develop their vehicles, the boys and girls are each allowed to take a kit with material for up to ten robots to school after their visit to the Kieler Forschungswerkstatt. These material boxes are provided by the Municipal Utilities of Kiel. All participating school classes are also cordially invited to present their vehicles at a public event at Camp 24/7 on June 6, 2020.

Read more on the website of the Kieler Forschungswerkstatt:

Frank Lüthjohann, from the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) and initiator of the robotics program at nawi:werft, gives the students tips for programming their robot vehicle. © Kieler Forschungswerkstatt

About the Kieler Forschungswerkstatt

The Kieler Forschungswerkstatt is a joint institution of Kiel University (CAU) and the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN).

In the themed laboratories, schoolchildren, teachers and student teachers handle scientific issues from the marine and nanosciences, learn more about the social aspects of energy, gain access to current topics from human medical and biological research or learn why soil is more than just dirt. The humanities workshops offer courses on language, art and theology as well as on historical and political topics.

Students can develop, design and program in the nawi:werft in a one-day robotics course for school classes from the 6th grade on as well as in afternoon courses. The program introduces the boys and girls to programming in a playful way and thus opens up excellent opportunities for them to find their way in the world, which is increasingly influenced by digitalization.

Students of the Lilli-Martius elementary and secondary school use the Arduino platform to program a robot vehicle that can make a 360° turn. © Kieler Forschungswerkstatt

The municipal utilities of Kiel support the nawi:werft of the Kieler Forschungswerkstatt by, among other things, financing the necessary materials.

Heike Groth
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