One especially popular Fraunhofer program to support youngsters is the Fraunhofer Talent School. This gives young people from the age of approx. 15 the opportunity to gain interesting insights into the world of research.
The Fraunhofer EMFT also offers this program on a regular basis. In 2019 two female and nine male students visited the Fraunhofer EMFT facility from October 25 to 27, 2019. Their experience included fascinating workshops giving them a first-hand experience of “Flexible Electronics for the Electronics of the Future”. Working with experienced Fraunhofer EMFT scientists, the youngsters were able to get involved in engaging research projects. And they weren’t just there to stand by and watch: all of them got to work independently on the equipment. The students gained in-depth insights into screen printing, lithography, electrical measuring technology and scanning electron microscopy, learning how to measure layers of just a few micrometers, for example, and finding out how these layers are used in sensors. The electronics involved was an important aspect too, of course: a microcomputer was used to show how measurements are digitalized, enabling the electrical signals emitted by the sensors to be converted into measurement data.
Displaying an obvious interest in technology, the students were fully engaged and highly motivated. Proactive involvement and questioning on the individual topics enabled them to satisfy their curiosity and take away fresh impressions from the world of research.