Successful completion of the Open Roberta Coding Hub Ilmenau's working group "Learning to program by playing"

It almost seems as if the kids of the working group "Learning to program by playing" had also programmed the hours of sunshine on the day of their AG graduation. Shortly before the start of the summer holidays parents were invited on Friday, July 16, to get an idea of what their children aged ten to twelve have produced on the computer week after week in the past school year. The workshop of the Open Roberta Coding Hub Ilmenau, a cooperation of the Schülerforschungszentrum of the TU Ilmenau, the IMMS and the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT, had started in November 2020 in online format and could conclude in July 2021 with two classroom sessions.

Fraunhofer IDMT/Sara Werner
Als Highlight zum Projektabschluss testeten die Kinder den Prototypen einer WERK-Box, die die Kinder spielerisch an die Thematik „Künstliche Intelligenz“ heranführen soll

The projects the children worked on ranged from an alarm system on the children's room door to a little mouse looking for the exit and a digital egg run skill game. With bright eyes and excited voices, the children explained their projects and ideas to parents. "The children visibly enjoyed finally getting to know each other in person, implementing joint ideas and also just goofing around together," says Jenny Gramsch, head of the Student Research Center at TU Ilmenau.

Playfully introducing children to the topic of artificial intelligence

As a highlight at the end of the project, the children tested the prototype of a WERK box, which is intended to introduce children to the topic of "artificial intelligence" in a playful way. The prototype was developed by the Ilmenau company SNIPIN - Mobil. Digital. Kreativ. with the support of the Mittelstand 4.0 - Kompetenzzentrum Ilmenau. In addition to a quartet game, a coloring sheet, crayons, and small fruits - to test and then eat - the box contains information on what AI means, as well as instructions for a first AI project on fruit recognition. "The children's feedback will be used to further develop the prototype in line with the target group, so that a learning tool is created that conveys basic knowledge, but also shows the risks and limits of artificial intelligence," explains Jenny Gramsch.

Holiday offers, workshops and support with projects or specialist work
Fraunhofer IDMT/Sara Werner
The participants of the AG with their supervisors Sara Werner (2nd from left) and Holger Großmann from Fraunhofer IDMT as well as Antje Siegel (3rd from left), AI trainer in the Modellfabrik Vernetzung of the Mittelstand 4.0 Competence Center Ilmenau

During the summer holidays and the coming school year, the Open Roberta Coding Hub Ilmenau will again offer various activities for children and young people. There is a holiday camp as well as topic-specific workshops of varying duration, in which children can get creative in small groups of up to ten participants, discover new things and try things out. In the process, they come into contact with young scientists, with whom they experiment together and set out on the trail of exciting phenomena. For example, they learn how to program small robots or vehicles and immerse themselves in the world of computer science in a playful way.

In the coming school year, children and young people can also register in advance to get to know the Schülerforschungszentrum Ilmenau individually and be guided through their own project ideas, the "Jugend forscht" project or presentations and seminar papers in the natural sciences or technical fields.

And another hot tip for the cool autumn holidays: Fraunhofer IDMT and TU Ilmenau are hosting the Fraunhofer Talent School on October 29 and 30, 2021. After a year of corona compulsory break, talented and technically interested students from 9th to 13th grade from all over germany will have the chance to gain insights into the world of game development and bring robots to life in two online workshops. They will be accompanied by researchers. To participate, young people must apply via the website: www.idmt.fraunhofer.de/fts2021.

All offers as well as information on registration can be found at www.tu-ilmenau.de/schueler-forschen. Registration for the summer camp from August 8 to 15 is handled by the Youth Welfare Office of the Ilm district.


Jenny Gramsch

Schülerforschungszentrum Ilmenau
+49 3677 69-3288 / +49 151 29124165