What we do and why we do it...
The common aim of the members of the non-profit organization HANDS on TECHNOLOGY is to inspire young people early for science and technology and take away their fear of contact with complex technology. They should learn to tackle challenges creatively with fantasy and build a positive attitude to science and technology with team spirit.
We organize various international educational programs to help young people to get access to scientific subjects and to motivate them in a early phase of their educational lives to become future engineers or IT professionals:
FLL challenges children and young people aged 9 to 16 years to develop the mindset of engineers and scientists. The participants of the robotics competition should build, test and program autonomous robots with LEGO MINDSTORMS and solve missions in the Robot Game. In addition they are supposed to solve a real world problem in the research assignment. During the competition, the teams also learn basic social skills.
All information about the competition [&] registration online: FIRST® LEGO® League.
RoboCup Junior is the students competition of the international RoboCup. Competitions are offered in three disciplines with different areas of specialization: Dance, Rescue, Soccer. Teams of students aged 10 to 19 years old can participate in the robotics competition with their robots on LEGO Mindstorms base and breathe some competition air at qualifying tournaments. The next step is then the RoboCup German Open. HANDS on TECHNOLOGY organizes the Siemens RoboCup Junior Qualifying Tournament in Berlin.
More information is available online: Siemens RoboCup Junior Berlin.
The STEM programs FLL Jr., FLL, RCJ combine the fun and excitement of a sports event with the tricky challenge to build design and programm a robot out of the LEGO Mindstorms system.
Children and young people have the opportunity to use these challenging robot competitions and gain valuable practical experience in working with complex technologies, they can improve their problem solving abilities and all that with a lot of fun and creativity in their peer group!