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"Thank you for playing science": Robotic Education at DLR_School_Lab RWTH Aachen

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016

ISBN

978-0-692-68565-5

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

K-12 & Pre-College Engineering Division: Evaluation: Impact of Curriculum for PreK-12 Engineering Education

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Pre-College Engineering Education Division

Tagged Topic

Diversity

Page Count

16

DOI

10.18260/p.26237

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https://peer.asee.org/26237

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43

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Lana Plumanns M.Sc. RWTH Aachen University

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Since January 2015, Lana Plumanns has been a PhD student at the Faculty of Mechanical Enigeering at RWTH Aachen University, Germany. Within the Institute Cluster IMA/ ZLW & IfU, she works in the research group Economic and Social Cybernetics. Before that she successfully finished her Master of Science Degree in Psychology. During her studies she has spent time abroad, studying at, among others, Concordia University, Canada. In her work as scientific researcher, she focuses on diagnostic factors in the field of (virtual) learning and cooperation, human-machine interaction, change and innovation management.

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Sebastian Reuter P.E. RWTH Aachen University

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Sebastian Reuter received a joint graduate degree (Dipl.-Wirt.-Ing.) in mechanical engineering and economics from RWTH Aachen University (Germany) in 2011. Between 2008-2009 he studied Automotive Engineering at Tsinghua University (China) where he received his M.Sc. in Automotive Engineering. He is currently working as a Ph.D. student at the Institute of Information Management in Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University. He is
scholar of the German Research Foundation (DFG) in the Post-Graduate Research Program "RampUp Management". He holds a chair in the Organizing Committee of the RoboCup Logistics league and is a team leader of the Carologistics RoboCup team. His research interest are control and navigation of mobile robots with a special focus on inter-robot cooperation.

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Kristina Lena Lahl RWTH Aachen University

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Dr. phil. Kristina Lahl has been the head of the ”Economic and Social Cybernetics“ research group at the Institute for Management Cybernetics (IfU) at RWTH Aachen University since Mach 2015.
After having studied German and English Philology, as well as History, at the universities of Cologne, Prague and Cambridge, Kristina Lahl completed her doctorate (PhD) as a scholarship holder at the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne. Her PhD thesis focused on identity models in the transcultural space and used specific examples of German speaking literature from Bohemia and Moravia in the Czech Republic.
Whilst a lecturer at the universities of Cologne and Olomouc and writing various publications, Kristina Lahl researched sociocultural references in German literature from the age of Enlightenment to the present using transdisciplinary approaches.
Her main areas of research are sociotechnical narratives, ritualization and human self-assurance in interaction with artificial intelligence, as well as Second-Order Cybernetics.

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Rene Vossen RWTH Aachen University

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Dr. Rene Vossen is Managing Director of the Institute for Management Cybernetics (IfU) at RWTH Aachen University. He completed his doctorate (PhD) in the field of applied research on the intellectual capital of clusters of excellence. In addition his main areas of research are cybernetic knowledge management, the optimization of cooperation, communication and networking processes in knowledge-intensive research networks, quality management, performance measurement, metrics development and benchmarking as well as the research network management of inter-and transdisciplinary projects.

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Sabina Jeschke RWTH Aachen University

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Sabina Jeschke became head of the IMA/ZLW & IfU Institute Cluster of the RWTH Aachen University in June 2009. She studied Physics, Computer Science and Mathematics at the Berlin University of Technology. After research stays at the NASA Ames Research Center/ California and the Georgia Institute of Technology/Atlanta, she gained a doctorate on “Mathematics in Virtual Knowledge Environments” in 2004. Following a junior professorship (2005-2007) at the TU Berlin with the construction and direction of its media center, she was head of the Institute of Information Technology Services (IITS) for electrical engineering at the University of Stuttgart from May 2007 to May 2009, where she was also the director of the Central Information Technology Services (RUS) at the same time. Some of the main areas of her research are complex IT-systems (e.g. cloud computing, Internet of Things, green IT & ET, semantic web services), robotics and automation (e.g. heterogeneous and cooperative robotics, cooperative agents, web services for robotics), traffic and mobility (autonomous and semi-autonomous traffic systems, international logistics, car2car & car2X models) and virtual worlds for research alliances (e.g. virtual and remote laboratories, intelligent assistants, semantic coding of specialised information). Sabina Jeschke is vice dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the RWTH Aachen University, chairwoman of the board of management of the VDI Aachen and member of the supervisory board of the Körber AG. She is a member and consultant of numerous committees and commissions, alumni of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes), IEEE Senior Member and Fellow of the RWTH Aachen University. In July 2014, the Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI) honoured her with their award Deutschlands digitale Köpfe (Germany's digital heads). In September 2015 she was awarded the Nikola-Tesla Chain by the International Society of Engineering Pedagogy (IGIP) for her outstanding achievements in the field of engineering pedagogy.

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Abstract

The current developments being triggered by Industry 4.0 pose major challenges for robotic education; hence, the demand for students from fields affiliated with science, technology, engineering, mathematics and robotics in particular is steadily increasing. In this research paper, the “DLR_School_Lab_RWTH Aachen”, an interdisciplinary student laboratory created to counter this challenge, is described and evaluated. Founded in 2013 by RWTH Aachen University and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the DLR_School_Lab RWTH Aachen offers high-tech experiments in the field of robotics to secondary school students. Since its foundation, it has served as a highly successful extracurricular learning venue. Through active experimentation with robots in application scenarios and based on research from aeronautical, space, energy and transport fields, students have had the opportunity to receive an insight into different scientific disciplines and carry out hands-on experiments. The findings of this research suggest that the visit to the DLR_School_Lab RWTH Aachen enhanced the participants’ interest in studying STEM fields. The results are under discussion and further steps, which take the results of these findings into account, are being planned.

Plumanns, L., & Reuter, S., & Lahl, K. L., & Vossen, R., & Jeschke, S. (2016, June), "Thank you for playing science": Robotic Education at DLR_School_Lab RWTH Aachen Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26237

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