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RoboDay at the TU Chemnitz

RoboDay at the TU Chemnitz

Regional preliminary competition for the World Robot Olympiad on May 13 - Accompanying program entices children and young people to playfully get to grips with robot technology and autonomous driving

With the German final of the World Robot Olympiad (WRO), Chemnitz placed itself on the national map for robot competitions last September. At the RoboDay "Future Engineers" event, young engineers between the ages of eight and 19 can now test their skills in dealing with self-driving robots in two competitions at once on May 13, 2023 in the Central Lecture Hall and Seminar Building of the TU Chemnitz. On the one hand, the regional competition of this year's WRO will take place between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., where teams from the region can qualify for the 2023 German finals in Freiburg on June 16 and 17. A total of 22 teams from all over Saxony have registered for five different competitions ranging from "Starters" to "Future Engineers". On the other hand, on May 13, the best participants will also be sought in the Saxony-wide robotics competition RoboSAX, which is organized by the Kepler Gymnasium. Eleven teams from Chemnitz, Dresden, Meißen and Lichtenstein are registered here.

The RoboDay "Future Engineers" is organized by a broad Chemnitz alliance of research, business and promotion of young talent. In addition to actors from the TU Chemnitz, the Chemnitz Automated Driving Alliance (CADA e.V.) is involved in a leading role. Furthermore, the Fraunhofer ENAS, the ICM - Institut Chemnitzer Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V., the IHK Chemnitz, the industry association Kreatives Chemnitz e.V. and, as Germany-wide WRO organizer, the Technik begeistert e.V. are involved in the organization.

Inform, learn, participate: The accompanying program

The accompanying program is correspondingly diverse and is intended to appeal not only to the participating teams but also to many schoolchildren, trainees, prospective students and their families who are keen to experiment as visitors, spectators and try things out. Thus, the TU Chemnitz will present excerpts of its extensive range of courses with 96 study programs at eight faculties and the Center for Teacher Education on the entire event day. "Robotics" is equally teaching content, for example in the Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology or in the Master of Neurorobotics, as well as a cross-faculty research topic, especially in the field of human-machine interaction. The newly founded Center Human-Technology-System offers researchers and students a framework for experimentation. In addition, the T.U.C. Racing team will present its racing vehicle, which will be driving autonomously for the first time this year: The TU's Formula Student team further developed its racing car Mkx. IV from the previous season and equipped it with a driverless system - the first racing events are planned in Switzerland and Italy. In addition to the vehicle presentation, the up-and-coming TU racing engineers will demonstrate in particular how the environment detection of the camera systems of their racing car works.

But the guests of RoboDay can also get active themselves. Kreatives Chemnitz will provide Funduino sets with which visitors can build and program their own autonomous vehicles - a test track will of course also be available in the foyer of the Central Lecture Hall and Seminar Building. If you are a student, teacher or parent who enjoys this, you can find out from the "MINTSportREGION" project how you can lead or supervise a robotics club yourself in a school or youth club - perhaps the start of a successful WRO participation next year. CADA member companies FDTech, BASELABS, INTENTA, u-blox and FusionSystems are also contributing a range of entertaining and educational activities to watch and participate in during RoboDay. For example, INTENTA employee Holger Langenau, a graduate and long-time employee of Chemnitz University of Technology, will lead the day of the event as a moderating ScienceSlammer.

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