The opening event of the Science Academy Lower Austria took place in St. Pölten’s government district last weekend. State Governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner opened the Academy in the presence of the participants, their families and the course directors. More than 350 people attended the event.
The Science Academy – a platform for personal development and exchange – gives teenagers aged 14 and above the opportunity to learn more about scientific topics.
St. Pölten UAS Contribution on Subject of “Smart World”
One item of the programme comes from the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences and addresses the topic of “Smart World”. In this context, the teenagers get to know the opportunities of digitalisation and acquire the necessary skills in technical subareas such as human-machine interaction, IoT prototype construction, virtual reality and 3D print.
The Science Academy covers four semesters, with the first semester starting on 21 September. There is a workshop every month and an additional block week in the summer.
Hannes Raffaseder (Member of the UAS Executive Board), Johannes Pflegerl (Head of the Ilse Arlt Institute for Social Inclusion Research), Christoph Braun (teaching and research assistant in Smart Engineering), and Magdalena Steinacker (research assistant in the Media Computing research group) will participate in the programme of the opening event. Braun and Steinacker will present the interested audience with topics relating to “Smart World” such as app programming, collaborating robotics (which involves humans and robots working together) and current possibilities in the Internet of Things.
Further courses on the following topics are hosted by other institutions within the framework of the Science Academy: biotechnology (IMC Krems), history and culture (Institute for Jewish History in Austria in cooperation with humanistic institutions and museums in Lower Austria), media and media use (Danube University Krems), and space (TU Wien). The St. Pölten UAS is involved in the courses on history and media as well.