Events and school visits—TUAS is visible and influential
At the end of October, Technology Days gathered about 1,000 people at ICT-City to listen to lectures on technology and utilising information. The public also got the chance to participate in different workshops. Public events are a part of TUAS’ corporate social responsibility and dialogue with the different actors in society.
There is a lot of buzz at the stand for 3D pens. People queue to try the pens, with which you can draw in the air and create three-dimensional works. More skilled users can create Eiffel towers and dinosaurs, but usually the result is something simpler.
3D pens can demonstrate the principles of 3D printing. However, they are not comparable with actual 3D printers, with which TUAS has studied the utilisation of plastic waste. Astonishingly complex objects produced with 3D printers, such as a fully functional, single-printed plastic monkey wrench, are also on display.
At another stand, children are constructing legobots. The workshops arranged by TUAS also included finding the murderer with tools provided by DNA research, playing a skiing game and learning about measuring the quality of water.
Technology Days was a success both in terms of the arrangements and the number of participants. Both keynote speakers at the event, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy Esko Valtaoja, who gave an introductory speech on the achievements of science and technology, and Mark Müller, who spoke about drones, filled the auditorium with interested listeners. Altogether, the day attracted about 1,200 visitors.
Why should we be visible?
This was the first time TUAS participated in Technology Days. The event was now organised for the second time. The organisers were Åbo Akademi University, the University of Turku, Turku University of Applied Sciences, the Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland (TEK) and Technology Academy Finland (TAF). The programme also featured companies in the field.
It was natural for TUAS to participate, because we offer versatile education and competence in the field of technology. Cooperation with the research universities, the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University, yielded a successful event which promoted both the understanding of technology and utilising information, and the visibility of higher education institutions and their interaction with the general public.
Due to the definition of their tasks in the Act on Universities of Applied Sciences, the interaction between universities of applied sciences and their operating environment and business life is close. Thus publicity, active communications and complex interaction are characteristic of universities of applied sciences.
Public events are a part of the entity of social interaction and responsibility. They meet citizens’ need for information in the forming of their own conceptions and world view, and offer basic information for decision-making and developing working life. Technology is omnipresent in, for example, different apps, and citizens need information to be able to navigate in this world of technology and information.
At the other end of the interaction continuum, between higher education institutions and the public, there are models of two-way interaction instead of one-way influencing. These include the general public in the collection of research data or in brainstorming development projects.
Wonders of physics and anatomy of computers – TUAS for Kids was launched
A group of mechanical engineering students is preparing a workshop for elementary school children to measure speed and acceleration on a miniature car track. Light cells have been placed on the track and the time a car speeding on the track takes between each light gate provides the information for calculating the speed.
Physics, circus, looking inside a computer, operating theatre and motor vehicle inspection hall are provided for the lucky twenty-something elementary schoolchildren who gained access to TUAS for Kids. At TUAS for Kids, the children get to learn about technology, health and creativity in a functional manner.
The functional workshops are run by TUAS students, who above all learn communications skills: how to handle, for example, the basic phenomena of physics so that children will also understand them and become enthusiastic.