29.04.2018

Making robots dance

Stromnetz Berlin provides EUR 9,900 to support youth work at the “gelbe Villa"

"Making robots dance", "Building vehicles and making them move" and "Goldsmith techniques" are the topics of this year's "Discover your technical streak" themed week, a format which Stromnetz Berlin is now supporting at the “gelbe Villa" (yellow villa) for the sixth time. The aim is to use creative ways to familiarise children and young people with technology-related topics.

To ensure that these programmes can continue to be run for free at the creativity and education centre in Berlin's Kreuzberg district, Andreas Haupt, Head of HR at Stromnetz Berlin, this Friday handed the “gelbe Villa" a donation cheque for EUR 9,900.

"It's important to get children and young people excited about technology early on. Considering the growing shortage of experts and, unfortunately, the lack of new blood in technological professions, this donation to the "gelbe Villa" is also an investment in our own future in a broader sense. There is a major need for technologically-minded young talent. The "gelbe Villa" creates very useful, interesting and creative opportunities for children in this area – and we're delighted to support that", Haupt explains. Anne Lemberg, managing director at the “gelbe Villa”, adds: "In a world that's changing so quickly and becoming increasingly digital, it's all the more important to prepare everyone, across the board, to face the associated professional challenges. Thanks to the support of Stromnetz Berlin and others, the "gelbe Villa" is making a strong commitment to conveying scientifically-related topics in its educational work."

The workshops focused not only on the way that certain devices work, but primarily on hands-on testing, tinkering and teamwork. For example, participants built and programmed robots themselves, constructed vehicles and tested different ways of getting them to run, and produced their own jewellery. While doing so, the pupils learned about technological concepts and about seeking solutions together, specific skills like soldering, programming, filing and sawing and how to handle different materials and tools.