The Plagueville Night: Youth of Erfurt play a simulation

The Plagueville Night: Youth of Erfurt play a simulation

On the evening of February 8th the office of CGE was full of chatter, disputes and emotional expressions. The neighbours every now and then would pass the room and unwittingly checked what was happing. It was our Simulation Night and “The Plagueville” game that brought up so much attention.

Everything started back in August 2017 when the participants of the German-Ukrainian-Russian Youth Exchange “Quo vadis, Europe?” developed several simulation games as the outcomes of the project. The scenarios would tackle the issues of unfair balance of power in a city, absence of the rule of law, the struggle between traditions and progress, family relations and public opinion – everything what our society consists of! And “The Plagueville” was all about it.

The story of “The Plagueville” starts with the upcoming fest that the governor of the city is going to hold. He is also eager to announce his soon marriage to the daughter of one of the influential clans – Salsellas Family. Unfortunately for him, there are forces far beyond his reach, who want to stop the marriage from happening! And what if one of these forces is… love?!

The game brought together the students of the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt, EVS volunteers from Europäische Jugendbildungs- und Jugendbegegnungsstätte Weimar, local youth, CGE team members, interns and volunteers as well. The modareration was done by Marina Bykova, CGE project manager and one of the coordinators of initial German-Ukrainian-Russian Youth Exchange.
Big thank to all who partcipated and contributed to this event, authors of the script and idea (Antonia, Eldar thanks for sharing and advices)! Special thanks for the preparation of the Simulation Night goes to our EVSer Frederico Carreiro!

We plant to continue this newly born initiative, so if you what to take part or suggest something, contact us vis email (info@cge-erfurt.org) and follow on FB, Instagram or Twitter! Cheers!

📷 Photos: Frederico Carreiro, Marina Bykova

The “Quo vadis, Europe?” project was supported by EVZ Foundation (Meet up: Deutsch-Ukrainische Jugendbegegnungen Німецько-Українські зустрічі), Robert Bosch Stiftung, Auswärtiges Amt, Thüringer Ministerium für Bildung, Jugend und Sport.

Code and Youth ME – Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften in Weimar

Code and Youth ME – Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften in Weimar

On November 17th CGE team packed a box of electronic devices and rushed to join famous “Long Night of Sciences” – a theme for events dedicated to promote science and scientific research. Continue reading

Code and Youth Conference in Nicosia, Cyprus

Code and Youth Conference in Nicosia, Cyprus
November 11th was marked in the calendar of all Nicosians interested in high-tech long time ago. The date was saved for the multiplier event, the conference prepared by Emphasys Centre & Cyprus Computer Society on dissemination of the results of Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnerships project CODE&YOUTH – An innovative programme in Digital Era (2016-2-CY02-KA205-000819).

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Quo vadis, Europe? German-Ukrainian-Russian Youth Exchange on Building a Safer Future (Weimar). Part II

Quo vadis, Europe? German-Ukrainian-Russian Youth Exchange on Building a Safer Future (Weimar). Part II

Sessions on Peace and Conflicts in Soceity & Non-violent Communication at Quo Vadis, Europe? 🕊
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After exploring the global political trends we went one level down and looked at conflicts in society and inter-personal relations. What fuels a conflict? How does it appear? And how can we resolve it and achieve peaceful co-existence with our surroundings? 🌿
All those questions were asked and answered during the sessions. A solution to conflicts resolution was found in non-violent communication methodic. Four components of the NVC 🙅🏻 (observation, feelings, needs and requests) presented at the sessions helped the participants to get ready to heated discussions and possible conflictive situations, even with the representatives of radical ideas. During the case studies the participants practiced analysing the roots of the conflicts and tried to propose their own solutions.
Answering the question of where Europe is going (Quo Vadis, Europe?) requires not only the political and economical background, but also certain amount of soft skills and competences in communication, which will be used in practice. That is why we paid attention to the topic of conflict management during the youth exchange.

Meeting with the expert at Quo Vadis, Europe? 👨🏽‍💼
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On 8th of August afternoon we got a visit from Martin Arnold-Schaarschmidt, a representative of local Erfurter initiative Plattform e.V.. Martin told the participants of Quo Vadis, Europe? German-Ukrainian-Russian Youth Exchange about the daily work of the Plattform and the projects it implements in the city with youth and for youth. Such projects are Ladebalken, EYERP, Saline 34 – a wonderful example of place-making and urban development. 🏢
The participants also used the opportunity to ask their questions about how is it possible to engage more young people in social activities, how to get access to a target group and how to build a sustainable project at all. Martin provided guidance and navigated the participants through their concerns and fears with proper questions.
The knowledge on youth work and exchange of best practises from it is essential part of preparing the agents of change in the participating countries, therefore it was very useful to meet with Martin and hear about Plattform e.V.

Visit to the Buchenwald Memorial | Gedenkstätte Buchenwald
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As part of the Quo Vadis, Europe? German-Ukrainian-Russian Youth Exchange project the youth from Germany, Ukraine and Russia visited Buchenwald Memorial and had a guided tour there. For many participants it was quite an emotional experience, as the National Socialism regime in Germany and cruelties of the Second World War intersected their family past.

Preparing for the Simulation Game 🎭
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In the evening we started to prepare for the most epic part of the youth exchange – the simulation game! Everyone was asked to read the role, think about it find the conflicts there, find their enemies and allies, come up with a special outfit 👔 that will signalise, that the person is know in the game.
The simulation game exercise is an important milestone of the program, because it allows the participants to deal with conflict situation in the safe environment and figure out the model of behaviour without severe consequences. The picked by the trainers game included the conflicts not only on political, economical and societal levels, but also on personal one. This way the participants could realise the ubiquitous interconnection and complexity of life.

The simulation Game «Fathers and Sons» at Quo Vadis, Europe? 👀
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And so the 11th of August we begin with stepping over the border and talking on a new role 🎭. Here we had a greedy mayor, a once successful but now struggling for new sources of income company «Alfa», a tribe which worships the spirits of ancestors, some personalities striving for power, some trying to make peace and undo the mistakes of the past… Here we had a conflict of fathers and sons.
The outcomes of the game were as much interesting as the initial settings ⚙️: fathers’ forgiveness, family unification, precious land with historical and cultural heritage under the protection of UNESCO, business diversification and a revolution for the corrupted government. All that in a half a day timeframe. A small life ☺️ lived by the participants outside of their comfort zone. Everyone learned a lesson of their own.

Quo vadis, Europe? German-Ukrainian-Russian Youth Exchange on Building a Safer Future (Weimar). Part I

Quo vadis, Europe? German-Ukrainian-Russian Youth Exchange on Building a Safer Future (Weimar). Part I

CGE Team started to prepare for “Quo Vadis, Europe” the moment it got approval from the Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility and Future. The arrangements has been made for the youth exchange to take place in a picturesque town Weimar right in the heart of Germany, in a fantastic youth education center “Europäische Jugendbildungs- und Jugendbegegnungsstätte Weimar”. Together with the partner organisations “Youth NGO MIKS Ukraine (UA 🇺🇦)” and “Academy of innovation (RU 🇷🇺)” CGE created the program and the outline of the project to support young leaders from Germany, Ukraine and Russia to come together and learn from each other. Continue reading

The Ultimate Robot Battle

The Ultimate Robot Battle

Summer Coding School: The Ultimate Robot Battle took place on the 26th of July, 2017 in the office quarters of the CGE. One room was completely reserved for our young computer geniuses. There were two rounds: one for individual work, where you would need compete inside the circles, and one for cooperation, a truly team activity because you are paired up with someone else. The basic requirements were to use Detect Obstacles and Line Bouncing features, but some of your participants went further and let their creativity drive their constructions. In the end, some of the robots responded to the infrared signals from the TV remote controllers and inflicted a fatal blow. We spent another day together and after all the battles there was an Awards ceremony.

Study visit to the Digital Bauhaus Lab

Study visit to the Digital Bauhaus Lab

What can be more interesting then to find out that you passion can become your field of study and later on your job? Probably, very few things. That is why we had the study visit to the Digital Bauhaus Lab, where our dear participants could check out the place where research and practice meet.

The Digital Bauhaus Lab of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar is an interdisciplinary research center, where scientists from the field of Computer Science and Civil Engineering, as well as artists, meet the challenges of the information society.

We had the opportunity to try on the 3D glasses and see the three-dimensional model of a castle somewhere in Luxembourg, to emerge in the VR using the HTC VIVE set and to learn how with the usage of thousands and thousands of picture it is possible to restore a historical object for the further research. All these prototypes aren’t just for fun, students actually develop them as part of their thesis or PhD work. So it’s both entertaining and contributing to the science.

We’re grateful to the Digital Bauhaus Lab for having us over and kindly showing all the tools!

Summer Coding School: Robotics Week

Summer Coding School: Robotics Week

And so the second week of our Summer Coding School started, this time about robotics! 🤖 Don’t get scared, we don’t have any AI around us, just small cute orange friends from Meet Edison. The purpose of this week is to teach the participants how to program a robot on the base of the knowledge they received with the Microsoft Visual Studio classes last week. The software for Edisons (EdWare) has drag-and-drop feature, but even with easily put blocks you still need to know the functions that are dragged.

The first sessions were a combination of theory about robotics and the discussion about the type of robots that already exist in the world (e.g. LEGO MINDSTORMS or the ones developed by the Boston Dynamics). Then we moved on to the fields of application and the occupations which are connected to the construction or service for robots. Later in the day we also opened the magic boxes and started exploring the functional arsenal of the Edisons for the first time. Thanks to the Code and Youth Strategic Partnership and Erasmus+ Program the participants got couple of educational robots to work on.

👥 Trainers: Georg Müller & Marina Bykova.

Ammalia Podlaszewska

Ammalia Podlaszewska

Ammalia is a researcher, independent consultant, urban planner, designer and teacher. Her bachelor degree was attained in Indonesia at the faculty of Design and Art, Bandung Institute of Technology. After several years working in the industry, she decided to persue her master degree in Germany thanks to the Indonesian Foreign Ministry’s scholarship. Following the graduation from the faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Bauhaus- Universität Weimar in 2010, she gained experience in practice as urban planner and designer in Amsterdam (Netherland) and Koszalin (Poland). She has been teaching at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar with the topic of Changing Landscape and Sustainable Tourism, while conducting her PhD research from 2012-2015 as a Freistaat Thüringen Stipendium holder and DAAD scholarship holder in 2016.

Zafar Saydaliev

Zafar Saydaliev

Zafar is the Managing Director of CGE Erfurt e.V. He is experienced in programme/project management, project development and evaluation, overseas experience and an advanced academic degree in Public Policy. He has Bachelors degree in Management and Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Erfurt, Willy Brandt School of Public Policy. Since then he also worked as a Programme officer at the PLATTFORM e.V. Prior to his Master studies, he gained experience in project management, fundraising, coordination, project development and evaluation in various international organizations and NGOs such as USAID, The Pragma Corporation, UNDP and OSCE.