What is a typical work day like for an engineer? What do computer scientists do? And what is it like to study sciences and technology at a university? These questions come up frequently among high school juniors and seniors and are probably best answered by the professional themselves.

With the help of dSPACE engineers, a lot of student groups have already explored a wide range of topics. Our engineers hold presentations with practical examples to give the students insight into the diverse work areas of software developers, hardware developers, and technical writers at dSPACE.

The students learn how to set up an electronic circuit with a dusk sensor, a microcontroller and vehicle headlights, and learn about various programs for simulating and testing control systems. They also experience the high amount of work required to create user documentation in different languages for customers worldwide. 

What exactly are the anti-block braking system (ABS) and electronic stability program (ESP) in a vehicle? Experienced dSPACE engineers join the Physics class and use drawings, slides and videos to teach students the theoretical groundwork. A dSPACE demo system illustrates how to put theory into practice. The students can see how the knowledge they acquired in school is applied in professional practice. Torque, acceleration, and lateral forces are terms that now become tangible.

But other classes, such as Computer Sciences, also demand “Send engineers to school!” 

dSPACE supports young technicians and inventors in school clubs and class projects. For years we have supported several LEGO MINDSTORMS teams with material and our expertise. But our ProMINT initiative also promotes the children’s and teenagers’ scientific curiosity and scholastic performance.

FIRST LEGO League

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an international competition where young engineers aged 10-16 build LEGO robots and program them to perform specific tasks under a specific topic. The jury of experts not only looks at how the robot is designed, but also judges the young researchers' presentation and teamwork. The goal of the challenge is to find creative solutions for complex tasks. This robot design competition offers excellent practical experience for future engineers.

Young Researchers

We support student groups participating in the “Young Researchers” competition, which gives young scientists the opportunity to carry out research projects in areas such as computer science, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. Since 2011, dSPACE also sponsors a regional competition in Paderborn. Participants are the teams with the best research presentations from the “Young Researchers” and “Student Researchers” competitions. Winners of this contest receive the special ProMINT award.

Sponsorship Award of German Industry

The “Sponsorship Award of German Industry” has two main goals:

To honor outstanding achievements in the sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Math and Physics, and spark young citizens’ enthusiasm for MINT subjects.

Since 2007, the award has been given out annually to the best 9th- and 10th-graders from all high schools in the District of Paderborn. The award ceremony is held in the Auditorium Maximum at the University of Paderborn.

Leading private-sector companies of the region sponsor this event so that more than 300 students can look forward to a certificate and financial award. 

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