Promotion of young talent
Substantial numbers of specialists will be needed to meet the challenges we will face in the future. At present, however, such talent is in short supply, particularly in technical disciplines. That is why the ZHAW School of Engineering has developed a number of programmes to encourage young talent by awakening future students’ interest in technical and scientific disciplines while they are still at school.
Technology Night (age 6 and up)
Every year, the ZHAW School of Engineering opens its doors to a public interested in technology. Along with an interactive exhibition and laboratory tours, a special area is set up for children. Here, they can investigate various phenomena, perform experiments of their own, do handicraft work and build things.
tunZurich (7-13 years)
The ZHAW School of Engineering is present at the Zurich Adventure Show for Technology and Natural Sciences, which is primarily intended for school classes and families. It offers a platform which brings children closer to the world of technology and natural science. This is the place for building, soldering, and trying out new things!
Children's University of Winterthur (9-12 years)
The Children's University of Winterthur starts every year in October and runs until February. In a series of Wednesday afternoon lectures, the children learn all kinds of interesting things about natural phenomena and technology. It is a joint effort between the Winterthur Society of Natural Science (NGE) and the Winterthur Natural History Museum, the Robert Sulzer Forrer Foundation, and the ZHAW School of Engineering.
National Future Day (age 10 and up)
The annual Future Day offers the children, grandchildren and godchildren of ZHAW employees the opportunity to accompany their relatives to work. An attractive programme provides the children with insights into the various university departments.
Roberta Regional Centre of Winterthur (age 10 and up)
Children find robots simply fascinating. The Roberta Regional Center, established at the Institute for Mechatronic Systems (IMS), tries to use this fascination to better acquaint school children with the areas of natural science, technology and computer science. Various courses are offered to teach children and/or teachers all about the design and programming of simple robots. Theory is secondary – the emphasis is hands-on.
“The Fascination of Technology”, holiday fun for 11-14 year-olds
This three-day programme, which takes place during the summer holidays, enables young people to use experiments to learn how technology works, to develop ideas of their own and to put them into practice. They attend workshops which provide them with insights into aviation, information technology and mechanical and electrical engineering. These workshops also enable them to try out their own ideas and to carry out construction and programming tasks under supervision.
Ready, set, go with technology! (age 12 and up)
«Ready, set, go with technology» wants to create enthusiasm for science and technology among young people and provide an insight into the prospects for technical occupations. The travelling exhibition, which the ZHAW School of Engineering also takes part in, is underway in Northwest Switzerland and the Canton of Zurich with an attractive and interactive programme for schools.
Electronics4you (age 12 and up)
«Electronics4you» shows young people the world of electronics. The use of concrete projects is intended to spark interest and enjoyment in technology and its applications. The job prospects for electricians are also demonstrated.
Children ask experts
The questions children ask are not always easy for adults to answer. Particularly where technical matters are concerned, children expect clear answers that are easy to understand. In this book, faculty members at the ZHAW School of Engineering have taken up this challenge by providing answers to the most pressing questions asked by children.