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From mini-rocket car race to panel discussion on the topic of Chat-GPT

At the Open Campus, Aschaffenburg UAS opened its doors to around 1000 visitors and offered an entertaining programme, creative hands-on activities and a festival atmosphere.

Last Saturday, Aschaffenburg UAS invited everyone to come to the Open Campus. Under a blue summer sky, high summer temperatures and cheerful music, the University of Applied Sciences presented itself to a wide audience with information stands, lectures, discussion rounds, open laboratories, experiment stations and hands-on activities for the whole family.

The day offered a good opportunity to get to know everything about Aschaffenburg UAS, to find out about current issues in science in an entertaining way and to talk to professors and students in a relaxed atmosphere.

The visitors were enthusiastic about the varied programme for young and old, with lots to discover, explore and experience. The Open Campus turned out to be a great success for the university.

The Open Campus was a truly successful day for the university! Of course, we are particularly pleased that so many people visited the campus. I sincerely thank the many contributors from the university - such a big event is only possible with a lot of team spirit.

Prof. Dr. Eva-Maria Beck-Meuth, President of Aschaffenburg UAS

  • Science Lounge (Photo: Bernd Ottow)

  • Bioprinting clearly explained (Photo: Bernd Ottow)

  • AI in logistics: autonomous forklift truck (Photo: Heike Spielberger)

  • Laboratory for Power Electronics, Electrical Machines and Drive Technology (Photo: Heike Spielberger)

  • Laboratory for Materials Technologies (Photo: Bernd Ottow)

  • Laboratory for Regenerative Electric Energy Systems (Photo: Bernd Ottow)

Research and science to experience “hands-on”

In the Science Lounge and some of the laboratories, visitors gained insights into world of research and knowledge transfer. Among other things, various opportunities for applying artificial intelligence (AI) were presented in live demos, e.g. in the field of autonomous driving. Visitors could also find out about how traffic areas can be made cleaner and safer or how applied AI research can contribute to improving the quality of life of Aschaffenburg citizens. How 3D printing in medicine, so-called bioprinting, works was also shown. For companies, cooperation opportunities with the university were presented as well as knowledge transfer offers and for those interested in founding a company, the VentureLab offered mini-coachings. The laboratories, which had opened for the visitors, ranged from materials technologies to power electronics, electrical machines and drive technology as well as measurement technology, sensors and actuators to regenerative electrical energy systems.

  • Photo: Bernd Ottow

  • TH Aschaffenburg also presented itself as an attractive employer. (Photo: Bernd Ottow)

  • At the Green Office stand, visitors could have their ecological footprint calculated. (Photo: Bernd Ottow)

  • Photo: Heike Spielberger

  • Photo: Bernd Ottow

Information and advice on the campus lawns

The study programmes were presented at stands with exhibits and hands-on activities as well as in lectures by all three faculties, but also institutions such as the Family and Women's Office and the International Office presented themselves. In addition, a student advisor and students were available for a personal discussion on questions about studying at Aschaffenburg UAS.

At the Green Office stand, interested visitors could have their ecological footprint calculated and test their knowledge on the topics of climate, environment and nature in a quiz.

  • Fishbowl panel discussion: "Chat-GPT at the University" with moderator Joachim Schmitt from mainproject

Discussing scientific topics with professors and students

During fishbowl panel discussions on the topics of "Chat-GPT at the university?" and on the "energy transition", numerous visitors took advantage of the opportunity to discuss artificial intelligence and language models or the heating of buildings with professors, or to exchange ideas with students on exciting scientific topics at the "Science Espresso".

  • Climbing course and beach volleyball (Photo: Heike Spielberger)

  • Beach volleyball tournament (Photo: Bernd Ottow)

  • Mini rocket racing as a children's university offer in the Science Lounge (Photo: Dr. Tilo Gockel)

  • Teddy Clinic as an offer of the Faculty of Health Sciences (in foundation) for children (Photo: Bernd Ottow)

  • Photo: Dr. Tilo Gockel

Sports activities and children's programme

The sports activities everyone could participate in, e.g. yoga for children and adults, body fitness and a beach volleyball tournament, also met with lively interest.

The varied children's programme ranged from a creative workshop with painting and handicraft activities to a children's theatre, a teddy clinic, a midwife workshop and a children's quiz. The "Children's University", with its many exciting experiments and activities in science and technology, including a mini-rocket car race in the Science Lounge and selected laboratories, was a lot of fun, especially for the younger visitors.

 If you have missed the Open Campus and still have questions about studying at the TH Aschaffenburg, please contact our Student Advisory Service. The application period runs until 15 July.

 Picture at the top: The diverse offerings at the Open Campus attracted many visitors to the Campus meadow (Photo: Heike Spielberger)