Pupils-University Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical Engineering: "More than just Math and Physics"

Copyright: Cluster of Excellence Integrative Production Technology for High-Wage Countries

Once again this year, the Pupils-University Mechanical Engineering in participation with the Cluster of Excellence “Integrative Production Technology for High-Wage Countries” took place in Aachen. 24 school students from all over Germany – even from Istanbul and Sofia – spent one week at the RWTH Aachen to get a first impression of studying mechanical engineering and the various possibilities during and after their studies. “Engineering is much more than just math and physics”, the school students noticed at the end of the week.

Beside various presentations and lectures on mechanical engineering in general, laser technology, optical systems, measurement technology or textile engineering, the students were also able to experiment on their own and participate in exercises. Locally, they gained an insight into the several institutes as well as the Demonstrationsfabrik and – as a highlight for a couple of participants – the DLR_School_Lab. From forming processes and braiding machines up to Selective Laser Melting – this week offered the students first exciting insight into the wide range of engineering and beyond in the study and working reality at the RWTH Aachen and especially in the research area of the Cluster of Excellence. Swenja Schiwatsch of the Student Advice Center was enthusiastic: “The students are already very eager to learn. Some of them even attended independently a “real” lecture and could get a first impression of student life.”

The students found the project week very interesting and diversified. They were pleasantly surprised about how many detailed answers they got to all their questions. Overall, they expressed great respect for the studies, but can imagine studying engineering at the RWTH Aachen very well.

For more information about school students' activities at the RWTH Aachen please visit the Student Advice Center.