„McROBO“ a project celebrates its closure at AEC in Linz
On Friday the 28th of June 2019 the project McRobo celebrated its ending. This project took two years and was organized by the RIC, the Regional Innovation Center and realized in cooperation with numerous partners. The main goal was all about inspiring children and young people for science and technology.
The McROBO project uses this eagerness to experiment to bring kids and teenagers closer to science and technology and introduces topics such as robotics, digitization, virtual reality and the world of work in the 21st century trough play. The aim from “McRobo” is to discover and to promote talents and to establish long- term contacts with schools, youth and parents.
The Kick-Off Event took place on the 3rd of October 2017 with more than 200 guests at the AEC in Linz. In the next few months students chose different robot kits and dealt with the topic robotic.
Childen and young adults got theoretical knowledge, did excursions and dealt with the topic robotics in the world of work of the 21st century. Another focus was the issue migration and integration. Children learned about team work, working between groups and projectmanagement.
At the closing event on the 28th of June 2019 were project participants and promoters and presented the invited people, journalists and representatives of the media their results. Many great videos, a E-Kart with VR- Technics and even a candyoutput machine arised.
At the end there was a performance at deep space of AEC to the subject “artificial intelligence”.
The Project “McRobo” is supported from “ Talente regional”- an initiative from federal ministry for traffic, innovations and technologies (BMVIT) and from the Austrian company for research founding (FFG).
The consortium of the project represents besides of the consortium leader RIC three strong business partners – BRP – Rotax GmbH& Co KG, Otelo Open Technology Laboratory Vorchdorf and Wacker Neuson Linz GmbH – as experienced scientific partners on board the Ars Electronica Center, the Johannes-Kepler University (Departement of Diversity & Gender Management) and the University of Applied Sciences Wels. In addition, six educational institutions are actively involved: from elementary school through the New Middle Schools to Higher Education Institutions.