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.
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!
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 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 is an experienced professional with solid project management, project development and coordination background, an extensive 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 many years of professional 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.
Marina is a graduate of the School of International Economic Relations and Tourism Business, V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University. Her scientific field of interest lies within convergence of knowledge, technology and society (CKTS) with the focus on U.S. and EU science policy. She did her European Voluntary Service in European Youth Education and Meeting Centre in Weimar, thus gaining extensive experience in non-formal education. Marina is also a member of Ukraine Debate Federation.
Moritz is a project coordinator at CGE, an inter-disciplinarily trained social scientist, NGO-administrator and writer. Having studied in Jena, Vilnius and at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy in Erfurt, he left university with degrees in Governmental Studies and Public Policy and has been writing about the impact of the web on society writ large and structural challenges to today’s societies since the late 2000s. At CGE, he develops and implements projects on structural problems in today’s Europe such as the future of the European idea, how to effectively combat far-right populism by means of remembrance and education, or the active participation of refugees in European civil society.
Jhon has both the educational background and practical experiences in organizing and implementing projects. He earned his Master’s degree in Public Policy at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt. Doing his master’s degree enabled him to widen his horizon in terms of developing and implementing projects. His areas of interest include social development, sustainable development, and social justice. He is also implementing a project for the street children in the Philippines funded by Engagement Stiftung. Jhon is a certified volunteer and student leader.
We are a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Erfurt, founded in 2005 and run by young professionals, who are designing, implementing and evaluating local and international youth projects. CGE Erfurt e.V. has more than 10 years of experience creating educational concepts, that allow participants to develop a self-defined strategy of learning in the framework of non-formal education.
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