Ilmenau Children's and Youth University: Register now!

What invisible force is in magnets? Does talking make you (un)healthy? And what is a fair wage for work? These and other fundamental and topical questions will be answered by the Ilmenau Children's and Youth University from 10 to 26 November 2021 for pupils aged eight to 15 who are thirsty for knowledge. The TU Ilmenau is offering age-appropriate lectures, exciting experiments and a colourful supporting programme - this year both virtually and on site. All individual children, school classes and groups can register now until September 24 at www.kinderuni-ilmenau.de. The Children's and Youth University is primarily financed by donations and is free of charge.

Different topics for different target groups
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Prof. Peter Scharff at Children and Youth University 2019

Over the course of six event days young students will have the opportunity to learn about everyday university life as well as research in various groups such as Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Economics, Mathematics, Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering. In addition to a lecture from one of these areas, children up to 6th grade can also look forward to a campus tour and adventurous experiments on each day of the event. For all pupils in 7th grade and above, this offering will be expanded to include an additional lecture.

Participants in grades 3 and 4 will learn exciting facts about the invisible power of magnets on November 10, and on November 12 they will explore the question: Why is the world actually so colorful?

On November 17, pupils in grades 5 and 6 can be enthralled by dancing light effects and on November 19, they will learn about the fascination of a special phenomenon of nature: the superimposition of light, the so-called interference.

COVID, Lockdown and Conspiracies: Does talk make you (un)healthy? And what is a fair wage for work? These highly topical issues will be addressed by all pupils in grades 7 to 9 on November 24. Two days later, on 26 November, they will gain insights into technology-oriented methods and systems for the early detection, diagnosis, therapy and rehabilitation of diseases in the lecture "Medical Technology under Tension", and in "Mathematics for the Gods" they will learn about the amazing mathematical abilities of Indians dating back to 800 BC.

50 to 100 children and young people from the Ilm district can be welcomed on site

"All involved teachers of the TU Ilmenau and also this year's project team regret very much that the event can not yet take place completely on campus as usual," explains Lena Hehemann from the student organization team of the university. But also this year about 50 to 100 children and young people from the Ilm district can be welcomed on site on each day of the event. For all other participants, the experience will be prepared online. "Our motivation is very high again this year and we are looking forward to giving all those interested a break from the school day and an insight into science," says Lena Hehemann.

Prof. Ralf Sommer, Head of the Group Electronic Circuits and Systems at TU Ilmenau, is also convinced by the concept of the event: "The Children's and Youth University is an absolute highlight for my team and me every year! We are happy to teach the children an interesting topic and to experience a lot of interaction, joy and sparkling eyes. This time, unfortunately, not with 650 bundles of energy in the Audimax, but we will also have a lot of fun at the hybrid event!"

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