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Insights into the “MakerSpace”: Young people explore the university’s tinkering workshop

On the first of several planned student afternoons of the “Startup Teens” initiative in cooperation with the High Franconian “School Economy” networks, 10 students from different schools in the city and district of Hof and the district of Wunsiedel took part. Together they explored the “MakerSpace”, the workshop for tinkerers and inventors at Hof University of Applied Sciences. The aim of the event was to familiarize the young people with the university, to arouse their interest in technology and to overcome their fear of contact.

René Göhring (left) guided the participants through the premises of the MakerSpace; Image: Hof University of Applied Sciences

After a short guided tour and presentation of the machines and devices in the MakerSpace, there was a brief introduction to the technology of 3D printing – after all, with the “BigRep”, one of the largest 3D printers in the region is located on the Hof University campus. In two groups, the young people were then allowed to try their hand at designing stickers and iron-on pictures for textiles on a cutting plotter. Finally, the students were able to use a laser cutter to apply their desired motifs to key chains and pillowcases

A laser cutter could be tried out for themselves; Image: Hof University of Applied Sciences

The final highlight of the afternoon was a visit from Hof’s Wärschtlamos Marcus Traub, who provided food for all participants. The event was accompanied by the “Startuplab” of Hof University of Applied Sciences. As a further event in the series of student afternoons, an excursion to the company myboshi on 23.09.2021 is planned soon to get a taste of “founder air” there.

HofGenuss at the end: for all young people, the Hof “Wärschtlamo” Marcus Traub still had a few Winer or farmers in the hot brass kettle at the end of the event; Image: Hof University of Applied Sciences
Anna Pauker
Rainer Krauß

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