Girl's Day 2021

May 17, 2021

IntCDC Event

Time: May 17, 2021
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Under the umbrella “Zukunft Bauen” – Build the Future – IntCDC researchers from the Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) and the Max Plank Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS) offered two bilingual workshop for girls in class level 9-10. The workshops were taught on the topics “Roboter, die bauen, fühlen und mit Menschen interagieren” (“Robots that Build, Feel and Interact with People”) and “Selbst-formendes Holz: Material Science meets Architecture” (“Self-Formed Wood: Material Science Meets Architecture”).



Robots that Build, Feel and Interact with People

During the session the students were not only able to dive into the world of robots through a virtual tour of various research laboratories in which robots come into play but also learned more about their interaction with humans. They furthermore gained insights on how robots can help in the construction of furniture and architecture and jointly designed and manufactured a chair by using the Institute´s industrial robot arms. As a result of the workshop, each participant was sent a miniature model of the chair they designed. This workshop was co-organized by the IntCDC researcher from the Institute ICD, Tiffany Cheng, Yasaman Tahouni, Katja Rinderspacher, Luis Orozco, and Dylan Wood in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems – Haptic Intelligence Department (MPI-IS), Yijie Gong, Mayumi Mohan, and Natalia Sanchez. 



Self-shaping wood - Material Science meets Architecture

This workshop focused on one of the oldest building materials in the world: wood. The students learned more about the special properties of wood and its reaction to fluctuations in temperature and humidity. This knowledge can be utilized to create self-shaping components of buildings or shading façade elements that react to the weather without the need for electricity. Ahead of the workshop each participants received a self-shaping starter kit and learned to manipulate the wooden pieces with simple tools like a water (humidity) and a hairdryer (heat). Two student voices on the workshop:

“I didn't know there was research in architecture. I still have no idea what I would like to do after school, but I could well imagine going in that direction later."
“I found Girls’Day very interesting! I never would have thought that wood could deform like that on its own!"


The workshop was held by the ICD researchers Laura Kiesewetter, Dylan Wood, and Tiffany Cheng,



The “Girls’ Day” is an annual day of activities to encourage schoolgirls (and all FINTA persons) to overcome stereotypes by gaining insights into professional fields that are otherwise rarely considered. It is funded by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, the Deutsche Gewerkschaftsbund and the Initiative D21. For schoolboys, the “Boys’ Day” takes place at the same time.


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