Participation of Schools and Students

The organisers have invited students (aged 10-16) to actively participate in the event.

What did the event offer to students?

  • Students had the possibility to see a real ICT conference and to directly engage in research.
  • Students had access to all sessions of the European and national conference tracks including plenary sessions, as well as to the exhibition area which showcases European projects.
  • Specific timeslots for dedicated workshops were offered. In the workshops, students had the opportunity to develop various views on and visions of technological developments, including prototyping. Furthermore, there was a special workshop aiming to introduce students to maker education, digital social innovation and entrepreneurial education by learning how to work creatively with digital tools (microchip, robotics, programing apps).

Student-Workshops Programme

Tuesday 04. December 2018

  • 08:00 - 10:00 Registration
  • 10:30 - 12:00 OCG
  • 11:00 - 12:30 TU Graz
  • 11:30 - 13:00 PRIA
  • 12:45 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 14:30 Exhibition Hall Tour
  • 15:00 - 15:30 OCG
  • 14:30 - 16:00 TU Graz
  • 14:30 - 16:00 TU Wien
  • 15:00 - 16:30 PRIA
  • 16:00 - 17:00 IMAGINE18 “Technology Bridging Generations”

Wednesday 05. December 2018

  • 09:00 - 10:00 H2020 Newton
  • 10:00 - 11:00 NGI-Workshop
  • 11:00 - 12:00 NGI-Booth Visit
  • 12:00 - 13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 - 15:30 Idea marathon preparation
  • 16:30 - 18:00 Idea marathon

Workshops TU Wien:

“Hands-on service robotics – from idea to pitch”

First, workshop participants heard about robotic technology and its application areas. The focus was on service robotics, sensors, and behaviour. They took the role of product developers and design innovative products that are based on robotic technology. At the end, each student developed a product concept and made the idea tangible with simple materials. The teaching method was project- and design-based, coming from the constructionist learning theory. The interests and talents of the learners were in focus. Technological literacy (understanding what technology is and how technology and society are intertwined), the 4C (critical and creative thinking, collaboration and communication), and perceived self-efficacy were conveyed in basics.

Workshop PRIA:

“Hedgehog robot controller”

Hedgehog is a versatile robotic controller for educational purposes which is graphical and can be programmed textually. At this station, the young visitors had the possibility to write a simple program to make a small mobile robot follow a line.

Workshop OCG:

“Capture and evaluate environmental data with the Raspberry Pi and Python”

Various sensors (temperature, humidity, air pressure, air quality, lightning detection, etc.) and the possibility of easy processing of data with the increasingly popular Python programming language were be demonstrated. Python is based on the new module “ECDL Computing”, which will be available at Austrian schools. In the workshop, students had the opportunity to try out different sensors and receive hints on how they can record, analyse and visualize their own environmental data with very little financial means. In addition, the “Open Weather Map” showed how people can use Python to query and edit free weather data.

Workshop TU Graz:

“Robotics & Coding in Education”

Young people could devote themselves to one or more topics according to the concept of an open workshop. At any time change a table and work elsewhere. Students were encouraged to develop creative (digital) solutions and to explore technical innovations.

Here is a report from the NGI workshops