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"Inventors' workshop", "Technology and art – on the trail of Da Vinci" and "Mobility in 2040" are the topics of this year's "Discover your technical streak" themed week, a format that Stromnetz Berlin is supporting at the "Yellow Villa" for the seventh 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 "Yellow 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 "Yellow Villa" is also an investment in our own future in a broader sense. There is a major need for technologically-minded young talent. The "Yellow Villa" creates very useful, interesting and creative opportunities for children in this area – and we're delighted to support that", Haupt explains. Anne Lemberg from the Yellow Villa adds the following: "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 Yellow Villa is making a real commitment to placing a significant importance on STEM-related topics in its educational work."
During the workshops, the participants found out all about the topic of "motion and technology". How do we get around? What fuels do we use to do so? And can we protect the environment more effectively in future? Balloons, tea lights and feathers were used to make parachutes and rocket cars, while recycling materials were transformed into the transport of the future. Alongside this, the participants learned how art relates to technology. During the project week, these children become the inventors of new technical solutions, and became the engineers of tomorrow.