CITEC opens doors for girls

Three workshop offers at CITEC inspired the girls at Girls'Day

For the third time the Cluster of Excellence CITEC organized workshops at Girls'Day. The offer was a real hit, the girls were enthusiastic and the workshople very satisfied with the response of the students. 15 girls participated in three different workshop offers and CITEC presented various areas in which the scientists develop technical systems that make machines more intelligent and helpful to people and simplify their cooperation.

15 students, from grades 7 and up, will discover professions and fields of study that they might never have known about before. Even though girls are growing up in a rapidly changing society marked by a great deal of technological progress, they still traditionally cling to old occupational profiles and choose their profession from a smaller group of possibilities than what is actually available to them. The nationwide Girls’Day event is an important building block for achieving greater gender balance in selecting professions and programs of study, and for the Cluster of Excellence CITEC, it is also a good opportunity once every year to show young women the technical fields in which they can also work – even if women are still somewhat underrepresented in these fields. On Girls’Day, the girls will have a chance to look behind the scenes of CITEC, to get to know what everyday life at the research institution is like for the scientists and talk to them about their work. Girls interested can choose from three different workshops that will be available.

In the workshop “Once Upon a Time... Nao, the Storyteller,” from the Cognitive Systems and Social Interaction working group, the girls will meet the robot Nao. They will have the opportunity to teach him something and see for themselves whether the robot becomes a captivating storyteller.

With the help of virtual reality glasses and accompanying software, the girls can dive into a virtual reality and get to know the research environments of Dr. Thies Pfeiffer, from the CITEC Central Labs, in the workshop “Intelligent Integration of Human and Machine.”

The Cognitronics and Sensorics research group, with Daniel Wolf, will hold a workshop called “Build Your Own LED Flashlight” and will provide information about apprenticeship training to become an electronics technician for devices and systems. As part of this workshop, the girls will be able to build an LED flashlight on their own and take it home with them as a souvenir from Girls’Day.


Gruppenbild Girls`Day 2017

More information is available online at: 

Saskia Wolter, Bielefeld University
Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology CITEC, Gender and Diversity
Telephone: 0521 106-6567