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Summer workshops: Bling, Bling, Bling

Kids and grownups alike got a closeup look at technology in workshops sponsored by the Kapsch Group and the ScienceCenter-Netzwerk association. The workshops were designed to bridge the gap between creativity and technology by showing participants how to make “smart clothing.”

Vienna, September 5, 2017 – “The workshops do more than just give children and adults an idea about technological processes. They also offer participants the chance to put what they’ve learned, as well as their own ideas, into practice,” explains Rudolf Bernscherer, Head of Human Resources at Kapsch, about why he is pleased with the program. For the fifth time in a row, the Kapsch Group and the ScienceCenter-Netzwerk association offered three-hour long technology workshops as part of the wienXtra-ferienspiel vacation program for kids. In keeping with the motto of “discover, develop, try out, and improve,” the workshops – called “Bling, Bling, Bling!” – were designed to awaken enthusiasm for technology in children and adults alike through joint activities while bringing the learning process to life. They also provided a space for the kids, who ranged in age from 10 to 14, to give free reign to their creativity while working together with their parents to come up with novel ideas for light-up clothing and accessories.

They took t-shirts, backpacks, and armbands and turned them into works of art using conductive thread, LEDs, batteries, and paint. Combining electrical circuits with textiles proved to be particularly challenging. But this gave the Kapsch apprentices a chance to demonstrate what they’ve learned about power circuits and soldering. “The workshops are one of the highlights of the year for our apprentices. They are able to apply their knowledge in a different way than usual and pass on what they’ve learned to others as well,” says Rudolf Bernscherer. ScienceCenter-Netzwerk assistants were available with their support. By the end of the workshops, the participants had created light-up stuffed animals, glowing fruit and figurines, textile power circuit testers, and much more, all of which they were happy to show off.

“For us, it makes it worthwhile to see that many of the parent-child teams come back year after year. Also, the workshops are booked up quickly,” according to Rudolf Bernscherer. Barbara Streicher, managing director of the ScienceCenter-Netzwerk associaion, explains: “It was particularly important to us in this year’s workshop to combine creativity with social skills like the ability to cooperate in a team and to self-motivate, since those are among the most important skills in the future of education. All of the children – boys and girls alike – are enthusiastic and clearly enjoy coming up with creative ideas together, getting involved in technology, and exercising their problem-solving skills.”

Picture: wienXtra-Ferienspiel – Bling, Bling, Bling, bright horns

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Picture rights: © Kapsch AG / Leander Orthofer

Since its establishment in 2005, the ScienceCenter-Netzwerk association has focused on facilitating access to science and technology for all and making science come alive. The association has developed its own didactical methods, offers continuing education courses to teachers, and carries out a wide variety of other activities and projects. It also acts as a hub and point of contact for the same-named association dedicated to the exchange of information, research activities, and support for interactive scientific communication across Austria. The ScienceCenter-Netzwerk has grown to include 175 partners, comprising museums, science and research centers, businesses, educational institutions, and facilities dedicated to design, art and media.

Kapsch is one of Austria’s most successful technology corporations. The globally positioned Group comprises four key entities: Kapsch TrafficCom, Kapsch BusinessCom, Kapsch CarrierCom and Kapsch PublicTransportCom. The Kapsch Group makes a pro-active contribution to meeting today’s challenges as well as those of tomorrow. Its products and solutions offer intelligent mobility solutions for both public and private transportation in addition to leading the way to digitalization in a multitude of application fields. Founded in 1892, the family-owned company headquartered in Vienna can look back on 125 years’ experience with the future. Year after year, the Kapsch Group invests some 10% of its total revenue in research and development. This commitment ensures consistent innovation and implementation of new technologies for the benefit of the Group’s customers all over the world. The companies in the Kapsch Group employ nearly 7,000 people at subsidiaries and branch offices around the world.

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