FHWS building at Sanderheinrichsleitenweg Würzburg

Students in park (c) Jonas Kron

Student at machine (c) Stefan Bausewein

Students working in a group (c) Jonas Kron

Teachers

Due to the current situation, offers that are also possible digitally have been compiled in a separate overview for secondary school senior years. Please contact us if you are interested in a particular topic: schulteam[at]fhws.de

Offerings for senior school classes

Study Ambassadors introducing their degree programmes

Students from different degree programmes and semesters visit school classes and report first-hand on their experiences at FHWS as Student Ambassadors.

The Student Ambassadors present their own degree programme and therefore tell authentically about the opportunities at FHWS and about student life in general. Since they have just experienced the transition from school to university, they can share their own experiences when talking to the young people. Students are more likely to have the opportunity to talk to the pupils "at eye level".

The university's Academic Advisor accompanies the Student Ambassadors on request and supplements the school visits with general information about studying, other degree programmes and admission.

Please contact us if you wish us to send a Student Ambassador to your school.

Contact

School liaison team
Monika Hahn
Phone +49 931 3511-8265
E-mail schulteam[at]fhws.de

Schools visiting FHWS or FHWS coming to your school

School visits by the Academic Advisory Service

Upon request, our Academic Advisor will visit schools in FHWS catchment area to provide information about the courses on offer and important topics related to studying, and to answer questions about studying.

If requested, the Academic Advisor can also be accompanied by Student Ambassadors or professorial mentors.

Visiting FHWS

At the request of schools in our region, FHWS offers pupils to visit the university and see for themselves how the day of a student looks like, and what university facilities like laboratories, PC pools, libraries, media libraries or the Media Centre (HMZ) have to offer.

Your contact for school visits and FHWS visits

Academic Advisory Service
Phone +49 931 3511-6180 
E-mail studienberatung[at]fhws.de

Presentations for pupils of senior school years in secondary schools.

FHWS offers presentations and workshops on various topics. These are offered virtually or in presence after agreement with the school and the lecturer.
The target group is the senior years at secondary schools.
If not indicated otherwise, the duration is approx. 60 to 90 minutes.

The appointments are made according to the capacity of the lecturers and are coordinated jointly.
Contact persons: Monika Hahn and Claudia Wegmann, E-mail schulteam[at]fhws.de
Please note that currently many presentations are given virtually.

Overview about the presentations offered

  • Presentation: The difference between school and university – what to expect?

    Speaker: Prof. Dr. Markus Zink, Faculty of Electrical Engineering Student Ambassadors: FHWS in Würzburg, at school or as virtual meeting
    Contents: This presentation features what prospective students can expect once school is over and they decide to study at FHWS. What are the key differences compared to regular school? How can I prepare myself? How are the semesters structured? These and many other questions of interested pupils will be answered at the example of various technical degree programmes and in cooperation with the Study Ambassadors.

  • Presentation: How to write a good job application
    Speaker: Prof. Dr. Winfried Wilke, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
    Place: FHWS Würzburg or Schweinfurt or virtually
    Contents: The presentation is aimed at students of the 11th and 12th grade in secondary school, e. g. for purposes orientation when looking for a degree programme or career guidance. This especially applies to students who wish to complete a vocational training once they have graduated from school and who have to apply for a vocational training one year in advance. The expectations and motives of employers and the process an application in a company undergoes are represented and discussed.
  • Presentation: Studying during Covid-19 – Online & hybrid lectures: How does it work?
    Speaker: Prof. Eva Wedlich, Faculty of Computer Science and Business Information Systems
    Place: virtual
    Contents: I made the decision to not study at a distance teaching university or online – and then, Covid-19 occurred. How do online or hybrid lectures work during times of a pandemic? How will online exams be carried out? These and many other questions will be answered in this presentation.
  • Presentation: Studying and internships abroad
    Speaker: Dr. Daniel Wimmer, International Office
    Duration: 1.5 h
    Place: FHWS in Würzburg, at school or as virtual meeting
    Contents: The pupils are given an overview of the possibilities of studying abroad after their graduation from secondary school the form of a semester abroad or direct study abroad. Here, the following questions of pupils will be answered: What are the benefits of a stay abroad? Is a stay abroad right for me? What are my opportunities to study abroad? How do I find a suitable university abroad? Information will also be provided on the possibilities of studying or doing an internship abroad in the context of higher education in Germany.
  • Presentation: Creative thinking and shaping the world of tomorrow
    Speaker: Prof. Christoph Barth, Faculty of Visual Design
    Place: Virtual meeting
    Contents: The challenging step from the 20th to the 21st century confronts us with a wide variety of issues, some of which are difficult to solve. In almost all fields, we have to strive to re-design and re-organise what already exists. Here, design as a strength driving the future can take an important role. By means of some concrete project examples, the Faculty of Visual Design and its students present how they approach these issues, and show the way in which they implement their ideas. 
  • Presentation: Plastics – a curse or a blessing?
    Speaker: Prof. Dr. Ansgar Jaeger, Faculty of Plastics Engineering and Surveying
    Place: Virtual meeting
    Contents: Which advantages do we get from using plastics, and what are the problems connected to it? How do plastics contaminate the environment?  Plastics fulfil important functions and can be found in nearly all areas of life. Unfortunately, improper handling and disposal of plastics lead to negative impacts on the environment, e. g. oceans. Approaches to research and solutions are also part of the discussion in this presentation.
  • Presentation: How Legos are made
    Speaker: Prof. Dr. Ansgar Jaeger, Faculty of Plastics Engineering and Surveying
    Place: Virtual meeting
    Contents: Which child (or even adult) does not like playing with Lego? But how is such a Lego brick made? Surely, plastics used as packaging material face a lot of criticism nowadays, but it is also a vital material to use in other areas, e. g. for medical applications, or for lightweight construction in the field of climate protection. You will learn how a Lego brick and other plastic parts from everyday life are made.
  • Presentation: Plastics and Rubber Engineering – Information on the programme
    Speaker: A lecturer of the Faculty of Plastics Engineering and Surveying
    Place: Virtual meeting
    Contents: Here, you will receive answers to many questions: What does a plastics engineer do, and how do I become a plastics engineer? How is the Plastics Engineering programme structured, and: Is it right for me? How does that fit in with today's questions about the environment and sustainability? Which skills do I need, and what are my job prospects? A lecturer from Plastics and Rubber Engineering will introduce you to the programme, give you explanations, and answer your questions!
  • Presentation: Plastics and Rubber Engineering – Professors and what they teach (Live)
    Speaker: A lecturer of the Faculty of Plastics Engineering and Surveying
    Place: Virtual meeting
    Contents: You may have heard here and there about the degree programme – But what is true about it, and how do you shape your own image of it? How is the study programme structured? Do I have to become a “lone wolf”, or will I get some support? What kind of persons are my “teachers”/professors? Will I feel good here? What is actually taught here? What can I do with my knowledge once I graduated? Two lecturers in Plastics and Rubber Engineering introduce themselves. This meeting does not have a fixed presentation. Rather, you will get to know the people behind this programme and have an informal conversation. All of your questions will be discussed, e. g. about how the programme is organised, personal questions or about the subject. You may receive sample topics from lectures, gain insights (virtually) or receive personal information about lecturers – feel free to ask everything you wish to know!
  • Presentation: Plastics and Rubber Engineering – a virtual, guided tour through our laboratories
    Speaker: A lecturer of the Faculty of Plastics Engineering and Surveying
    Place: Virtual meeting
    Contents: In Plastics and Rubber Engineering, a large part of the teaching takes place in laboratories, where the methods learned in the lectures can be tried out in practice. In this virtual tour, we will see several example labs using "walk-through" 360° views, have the equipment and practical courses explained to us and, along the way, get all our questions about plastics and the degree programme answered!
  • Presentation: How to make money with mathematics
    Speaker: Prof. Dr. Martin Storath, Faculty of Applied Natural Sciences and Humanities
    Place: Virtual meeting
    Contents: This popular science talk is about mathematical problems that have helped their solvers make money in various ways. Among other things, we discuss PageRank, Google's former core piece, and a system for movie suggestions, also known as the Netflix problem. The science talk is aimed at senior-year pupils of secondary schools with an interest in mathematics and/or data science.
  • Presentation: Creating virtual worlds with a computer
    Speaker: Prof. Dr. Georg Wimmer, Faculty of Applied Natural Sciences and Humanities
    Place: Virtual meeting
    Contents: Numerical simulation and optimisation in the development of a product are standard today and reduce development time and costs. Concrete examples are shown, such as the optimal control of a satellite, the ascent of a rocket and the simulation of a solenoid valve and an insulator. The mathematics required to solve these problems is explained in a language that is understandable for pupils. The presentation is interesting for senior pupils who are interested in applied mathematics.
  • Presentation: Artificial Intelligence – Potentials, Chances, Risks
    Speaker: Prof. Dr. Frank-Michael Schleif, Faculty of Computer Science and Business Information Systems
    Place: Virtually
    Contents: First, the topic of “Artificial Intelligence” (AI) is introduced in this presentation. Then various forms of AI, their application scenarios, as well as chances/risks of this technology are explained. Ethical questions will also be part of the presentation. At the end, the audience will gain the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the topic.
  • Presentation: Geovisualisation in Action: Interactive maps, Virtual and Augmented Reality, 3D visualisation and 3D printing

    Speakers: FOL Stefan Sauer and Prof. Dr. Jan Wilkening, Faculty of Plastics Engineering and Surveying
    Place: Virtually
    Duration: approx. 45 min.
    Contents: The presentation will answer the following questions: How are interactive maps created just from data? How can we use new 3D technologies in our everyday lives? What skills regarding soft- and hardware are required, and what are the possibilities and limitations of state-of-the-art systems?

  • Presentation: Moving the future – How logistics changes the world

    Speaker: Prof. Dr. Norbert Schmidt
    Place: Virtual meeting
    Contents: What are the implications of logistics for the economy and for society? What are today’s challenges for managers in the field of logistics? Where does the journey go – Key topics in logistics development over the next 20 years. How is the logistics programme structured? What could be possible job opportunities for me once I have finished my studies at FHWS with success?

  • Presentation: Presentation: Amazon, Rewe, Zalando & Co.: What happens on the seller’s side when I order online?

    Speaker: Prof. Dr. Jakob Beer
    Place: Virtual meeting
    Contents: Ordering online is simple. But what’s behind it? The talk is intended to highlight interesting issues and technical solutions that occupy the logistics in the background and of which most consumers notice little or nothing.
    Keywords: Storage Automation, Robots, AI, the “Last Mile”

  • Presentation: Sustainability: Is it even possible to build a sustainable global supply chain?

    Speaker: Prof. Dr. Birgit Gampl
    Place: Virtual meeting
    Contents: What is the actual meaning of “sustainability”? We – and many companies – use this term very often nowadays, mostly if we want to signal that we think about using raw materials in a responsible way, that we care about the environment or wish to save energy. In this short talk we want to find out together what would have to happen for whole supply chains to become "sustainable", e. g. by analysing where our clothes, coffee, etc. come from.


Workshops for senior-level pupils.

FHWS offers presentations and workshops on various topics. These are offered virtually or in presence after agreement with the school and the lecturer.
This event is targeted towards an audience from the senior years of secondary schools.
If not indicated otherwise, the duration in most cases is 60 to 90 minutes.

The appointments are made according to the capacity of the lecturers and are coordinated jointly.
Contact persons: Monika Hahn and Claudia Wegmann, E-mail schulteam[at]fhws.de
Please note that currently some workshops are offered virtually.

Overview about the workshops offered

  • Workshop: Presentation Techniques
    Speaker: Prof. Dr. Markus Zink (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
    Place: FHWS,  at school, or virtually
    Contents: In this workshop, we will work out what is important for a good presentation, talk or lecture. Pupils work on main key points and receive valuable advice from a teacher’s perspective. The collectively gathered hints and tips may be valuable for future presentations at school, as well as in job interviews – or whenever it is important to do "marketing” for oneself or a certain topic.
  • Workshop: How to negotiate with success

    Speaker: Prof. Dr. Hannes Huttelmaier (Faculty of Business and Engineering)
    Duration: to be agreed, between 1.5 and 3 h
    Place: Virtual meeting
    Contents: Selling a desk via ebay, salary negotiations or who gets the last piece of the cake: We all negotiate on a daily basis. Here, the following applies: You can train to become a successful negotiator! Thus, we will discuss the fundamentals of successful negotiation, especially negotiation strategies, tactics, finding the right arguments and rhetoric in negotiations. We will work on the contents in an interactive way and apply them negotiation exercises.

  • Workshop: Intercultural Training for Pupils
    Speaker: Aylin Chaban (International Office) and international students
    Duration: 90 to 120 Minutes, Available during: November, December, January, May, June
    Place: FHWS Würzburg or Schweinfurt, at school or virtually
    Contents: This training is about learning intercultural competence. To this end, the conscious and critical handling of stereotypes is examined, the understanding of one's own cultural attachment is considered and understanding of others is promoted. Other contents include building acceptance for other cultures, overcoming ethnocentrism, etc.
    Please indicate whether you would like a general intercultural training or a focus on a specific country/region.
  • Workshop: The Revolution of Energy – What is it all about?
    Speaker: Prof. Dr. Markus Zink (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
    Target audience: Groups of pupils of STEM subjects, social studies, economics and law
    Place: FHWS Schweinfurt, High-Voltage Laboratory or virtually
    Contents: Introduction to the topic of energy transition, visit at the High-Voltage Laboratory, incl. a demonstration and discussion. We shed light on the background and goals of the energy transition. The aim is to reflect on one's own knowledge through self-assessment and to discuss the current status of the energy transition in Germany through current figures.
  • Workshop: 3D digitisation in the real world with photos and point clouds

    Speaker: Prof. Dr. Ansgar Brunn, Theresa Meyer (Faculty of Plastics Engineering and Surveying)
    Target audience: Groups of pupils interested in STEM subjects
    Place: Virtually
    Contents: In this workshop, state-of-the-art processes of 3D digitisation are presented by means of current projects. The pupils will learn about 3D scanning, stereophotogrammetry and photogrammetric drone flights. Pupils gain the opportunity to work on their own computers with images and point clouds, so they can gain their own experiences.

    Requirements: The following software needs to be installed on the participants’ computers: IrfanView, CloudCompare.

  • Workshop: Inclusion Explained
    Speaker: Prof. Dr. Dieter Kulke (Faculty of Applied Social Sciences)
    Target audience: Groups of pupils of the subjects: Social studies, ethics, history
    Duration: 90 to 120 min.
    Place: FHWS Würzburg, Münzstr. 12 or virtually
    Contents: The terms inclusion and integration are defined; further topics are social models of disability, attitudes and prejudices towards disabled people, stigmatisation, inclusion in every-day life and culture, services for the disabled, the introduction of various inclusion projects, disability itself and social work. The aim is to impart knowledge on the topic of disability, reflection on prejudices and social interaction with disabled people.
  • Workshop: Bitcoin? Let’s build our own crypto currency!
    Speakers: Andreas Schütz and Tobias Fertig (Faculty of Computer Science and Business Information Systems)
    Target audience: Suitable for 9th-graders and up
    Duration: 2 to 3 h
    Place: FHWS Würzburg, Sanderheinrichsleitenweg 20 or virtually
    Contents: Bitcoin and blockchain technology is currently at the centre of discussion, and very dominant in the media. In this workshop, we will explain how the technology works, what triggered the hype, and how you can become part of the blockchain. Step by step, we will create our own cryptocurrency via so-called Smart Contracts.
  • Workshops offered by the Faculty of Visual Design on the following study areas: Photography/Illustration – Graphic Design/Web Design – Interactive Media
    Speaker(s): Employee(s) or student(s) of a higher semester of the Faculty of Visual Design
    Duration: Half-day, one-day workshops, or weekend block events
    Location: FHWS Würzburg, Sanderheinrichsleitenweg – currently suspended
    Content: Various topics like poster design, the design thinking process, typography, Arduino programming, etc.
  • Workshop: What reality do we actually live in? – Virtual/Augmented Reality, HoloLens, AI
    Speakers: Prof. Dr. Karsten Huffstadt and Peter Riegler (Faculty of Computer Science and Business Information Systems)
    Duration: 1.5 h
    Place: FHWS Würzburg, Sanderheinrichsleitenweg – currently suspended
    Contents: The pupils will gain an impression of the degree programmes and projects at the Faculty of Computer Science and Business Information Systems. VR glasses, HoloLens etc. are explained by Peter Riegler and can be tested, enabling pupils to gain the experience of Augmented and Virtual Reality. Future visions in the area of artificial intelligence and ethical challenges will be presented and discussed.
  • Workshop: Product engineering: From an idea to the finished component

    Speaker: Prof. Ansgar Jaeger (Faculty of Plastics Engineering and Surveying)
    Place: FHWS, Röntgenring 8, the meeting point at a lecture room will be communicated in advance – currently suspended
    Duration: approx. 75 min.
    Contents: Visit the workshop “Product engineering: from an idea to the finished component”, to get an idea of the degree programme “Plastics and Rubber Engineering”, as well as of plastics and rubber as production materials. The usage of these materials has increased in recent years. However, there has also been an ongoing discussion about the effects of plastics to our environment. Usually, the media means packaging material when speaking of plastics – not mentioning the plethora of possibilities of them, which can also be used to protect the environment (e. g. through savings in weight and CO2, recycling or the insulation of buildings) or human health (e. g. medicinal devices and security technologies). The graduates from our programmes very often work as engineers in these industries of the future!

    In our workshop, we will show you how to produce high-quality building components made of plastics. We will be your guide when you design a component via CAD software. You will also simulate your component’s producibility. In the next step, you will see a prototype of your component created by a 3D printer and learn how moulds are built. The workshop is concluded by visiting the processing laboratory, where your component will be manufactured using a large-scale injection-moulding machine! If you wish, you can keep the components you have designed and produced.

Proposed topics for project and scientific seminars at secondary schools

As an external partner, FHWS supports regional secondary schools in the organisation of so-called P and W seminars (project and scientific seminars). Cooperation with BOS/FOS seminars is also possible and highly appreciated.

Project ideas for P seminars are intended to give pupils an insight into the degree programmes at FHWS and the associated occupational fields. In the context of so-called “W seminars”, FHWS is involved in teaching how scientific work is carried out. It supports the planning and conception of individual seminar papers, and the theoretical and experimental implementation. We also offer various informational events for the phase of study and career orientation (“BuS”) during a project seminar. Furthermore, we will also support you in organising and realising the seminars.
Contact partner: Claudia Wegmann, E-mail claudia.wegmann[at]fhws.de

Project seminars:

English as Leading Subject
  • Project idea: Intercultural collaboration at the example of India
    Contact person: Claudia Wegmann (Department of Public Affairs and Communications)
    Goal: Simulation of a project in an event-planning agency: Organisation, preparation and realisation of an event for a group of Indian exchange students (about 45 persons) who visits FHWS every year from the mid of March until the end of August for studying in the context of an intercultural MBA programme. The official event found in the students’ schedule takes place at the end of June/in early July during the school semester 11/2.
    Possible workflow: Project-related contents 11/1 and 11/2: Intercultural training modules, regional & cultural studies about India, evaluation etc. 12/1: Event follow-up (evaluation), exchange of experiences among pupils regarding intercultural collaboration and event organisation.
    Scope: Several meetings, e. g. for a briefing from the customer (FHWS), interim presentations, etc. More details to be communicated.
Subjects: German, religious education, ethics, social studies, economics and law, STEM subjects
  • Project idea: How to improve the acceptance of technical projects by the public?
    Contact: Prof. Dr. Markus Zink (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
    Goal: Creating a catalogue of measures
    Possible workflow: The background is the energy transition, where many technical solutions require the acceptance of the population. The problems are compiled using the example of the energy transition, and individual topics are elaborated in small groups. The seminar is accompanied by visits at FHWS, focussing on the topics: Introduction to the problem, report and discussion on interim results, presentation and discussion of results before of professors and possibly VDE representatives (Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies).
    Scope: approx. 3 afternoons at FHWS; More details to be communicated.
  • Project idea: Social Media Behaviour: Code of behaviour for pupils and students when using online social media
    Contact: Prof. Dr. Karsten Huffstadt (Faculty of Computer Science and Business Information Systems)
    Goal: Team-oriented and cooperative work on a guideline for using online social media. This guideline is then made available to the school/university for further communication. The guideline can be written in any form.
    Possible workflow: With the help of lecturers, FHWS students, and employees, the pupils will first describe and analyse relevant social networks on the internet. A catalogue of criteria for potential dangers is to be compiled. With the help of interviews and research, behavioural guidelines will then be derived, which in turn will be summarised in a general code and finally presented.
    Scope: 3 to 4 afternoons at FHWS, details upon consultation.
  • Project idea: Practical Competence Test for STEM Degree Programmes (“PraKoMINT”)
    Contact: Prof. Dr. Winfried Wilke, Prof. Dr. Udo Müller (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering)
    Goal: Development and implementation of a practice-oriented competence test for pupils interested in STEM subjects at the example of Mechanical Engineering
    Possible workflow: As many prospective students require more study information before deciding for a programme, and they are often inexperienced and lack orientation, a competence test for prospective students is to be presented, developed on the basis of interviews, research, competence developments and practical tests of measures. This is to support the start of studies & the initial study phase. By means of this test, prospective students should be able to assess their general aptitude for higher educational studies, as well their required professional competencies.
    Scope: 4 to 6 afternoons at FHWS, details upon consultation.
Subjects: Economics, STEM, tech-oriented subjects
  • Project idea: Flow of material in logistics – From the process to technical and IT implementation
    Contact: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peik Bremer (Faculty of Business and Engineering)
    Goal: Step-by-step implementation of a logistics business process into technical and information technical processes by means of a practical case study
    Possible workflow: What are the logistical business processes of a library? How can these processes be supported by storage and conveyance engineering? How is the material flow in the library represented in computer systems? Starting with a specific case study (of the Logistics Library at FHWS Campus “Konrad Geiger” in Schweinfurt), pupils will develop concepts to find answers to the questions above. The solutions and findings will be presented in meetings at FHWS and at the Logistics Laboratory they can compare them to the actual implementation.
    Scope: Four meetings: (1) Kick-off and scoping, (2) Business processes, (3) Storage & Materials handling equipment, and (4) Representation in IT.
STEM subjects
  • Project idea: Computed Tomography for Industrial Applications
    Contact: Jürgen Schwittek and Boris Bittner (Faculty of Applied Natural Sciences and Humanities, Schweinfurt)
    Goal: Creating your own CT scans
    Possible workflow: (1) Radiation protection, (2) physical and mathematical foundations of tomography for pupils, (3) practical training with an industrial computer tomograph
    Scope: 4 to 6 afternoons at FHWS, details upon consultation.
  • Project idea: 3D scans and 3D printing
    Contact: Jürgen Schwittek and Boris Bittner (Faculty of Applied Natural Sciences and Humanities, Schweinfurt)
    Goal: Printing a 3D prototype
    Possible workflow: (1) Basics of CAD software and of 3D printing, (2) practical training with the measuring arm, equipped with a laser scanner, (3) practical training with the 3D printer, (4) scanning your own objects and creating a print-out.
    Scope: 4 to 6 afternoons at FHWS, details upon consultation.
  • Project idea: Development of a 4-Bit Adder
    Contact: Prof. Dr. Heinz Endres (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
    Goal: Complete development of a working 4-Bit Adder with binary display. Possible workflow: (1) In preparation, pupils autonomously familiarise with digital circuits, (2) Design and simulation of an adding circuit by means of a CAD software at FHWS, following detailed instructions, (3) Building an adding circuit on the breadboard, (4) Building and soldering on a circuit board.
    Scope: 2 to 4 afternoons at FHWS, details upon consultation.
  • Project idea: Development of a Kettcar with hybrid drive
    Contact: Prof. Dr. Hans Kohlmeier, Prof. Dr. Udo Müller (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering)
    Goal: Building a Kettcar with hybrid drive
    Possible workflow: In focus is the development of a Kettcar with hybrid drive (using muscular power and an electric motor), comparable to a pedelec bike, from the bottom up First, based on market analysis, it is checked which types of Kettcars are already available, and for which purposes they are built. Then, the intended purpose is defined and the concept development is carried out. The development phase includes the Kettcar drive, chassis, and body. Here, it needs to be considered that especially the drive is built of standard components used in the pedelec industry. For the Kettcar body, an attractive and technically implementable design is to be proposed. Parallel to the technical development, a marketing strategy for advertising the product is to be developed. The project is supervised by and the responsibility of the respective school. FHWS supports schools in the realisation of this project.
    Scope: Upon consultation
  • Project idea: Manufacturing, assembly, and testing of the characteristics of a Stirling engine
    Contact: Prof. Dr. Hans Kohlmeier, Prof. Dr. Udo Müller (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering)
    Goal: Building a Stirling engine
    Possible workflow: Main part of the project is the manufacturing and assembly of a Stirling engine based on a known design. First, the thermodynamic fundamentals are to be explained, various designs are analysed and reviewed to select a proposed structure of the motor. For the actual construction, drawings, bills of material, smaller calculations etc. must be created, and individual parts need to be manufactured. Once the engine is complete, several tests are to be carried out to determine its operating behaviour in an experimental way. The project is supervised by and the responsibility of the respective school. FHWS supports schools in the realisation of this project.
    Scope: Upon consultation
  • Project idea: Development of Iron Production in the History of Humankind
    Contact: Prof. Dr. Jörg Spielfeld (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering)
    Goal: Building a smelting oven
    Possible workflow: Combination of experimental archaeology and technological history, iron as sustainable material, the economy of scrap iron, the chemical process of iron production, metallurgy, chemistry. Demonstration of the product in a final presentation before VDI members (VDI – Association of German Engineers), Material Research Group, Schweinfurt (possible attendees: FHWS professors, senior employees of FAG, SKF, teachers, pupils)
    Scope: Block courses, approx. 15 hours, possibly accompanied by student assistants/tutors
  • Project idea: Sustainable materials – Packaging alternatives
    Contact: Prof. Dr. Jörg Spielfeld, Prof. Dr. Christoph Bunsen (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering)
    Goal: Plastic substitutes, e. g. the ecologically correct bag for crisps
    Scope: Block courses, approx. 15 hours, possibly accompanied by student assistants/tutors
  • Project idea: Advanced Bionic Materials
    Contact: Prof. Dr. Jörg Spielfeld (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering)
    Goal: Building a rope/rod to let pupils tow a car manually; Building a swing/rocking chair from bionic materials, etc.; Pupils may communicate their ideas at the beginning of the seminar regarding a product to be created.
    Possible workflow: Search of literature on bionics & bionic materials (FHWS Library): Short presentations on functional principles of the materials, and transfer to technology, artificial materials, forming of project teams who are concerned with various areas of the project: Functional principles, development of the product, fields of application and marketing, development of the material, search for sponsors, market analysis and product marketing, presentation of the results before teachers, FHWS professors and the VDI (Association of German Engineers) Schweinfurt
    Scope: Block courses, approx. 15 hours, possibly accompanied by student assistants/tutors
  • Project idea: Building a scale
    Contact: Prof. Dr. Winfried Wilke (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering)
    Goal: Construction of a personal or analysis scale for school
    Contents: Areas of product design, electronics, software, mechanics etc., incl. writing a user manual.
    Scope: Block courses, approx. 15 hours, possibly accompanied by student assistants/tutors

Science seminars:

STEM subjects
  • Project idea: 3D Laser Scans and Computed Tomography
    Contact: Jürgen Schwittek and Boris Bittner (Faculty of Applied Natural Sciences and Humanities, Schweinfurt)
    Goal: Elaboration of mathematical and physical fundamentals & their application to practice.
    Workflow: The seminar is accompanied by several activities at FHWS: Introduction to the topic – Coaching – Company visit at a CT manufacturer (Carl Zeiss or Wenzel) – Presentation & discussion of results.
  • Project idea: The Electric Field
    Contact: Prof. Dr. Markus Zink (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
    Workflow: Initial research on the topic, collection of fundamentals, possibly forming of smaller groups with specialised topics to work on.
    Transfer of what has been learned to practical application. The seminar is accompanied by several lectures at FHWS: Introduction to the topic – Possibly: Presentations on the current project status – A visit at the High-Voltage Laboratory, a demonstration & discussion – Presentation and discussion of the results with Professors and VDE representatives (Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies)

Guided tours through the university’s Media Centre (HMZ)

The Media Centre (HMZ) offers services and support in the field of media, e. g. for audio-visual productions, university projects, lectures and final theses, to students and lecturers of all faculties. Similar to the Library and the IT Service Centre (ITSC), it is a central facility at FHWS.

The Media Centre is equipped with professional, state-of-the-art technology for all areas of media production. As well as lending out cameras and movie cameras, sound and events equipment, as well as computer accessories, HMZ also offers modern rooms and studios for photo shootings as well as film and television productions.

A large radio broadcasting section with sound-insulated recording booths enables professional audio and radio productions to be made. When visiting FHWS, school classes who are interested are cordially invited to a guided tour through the Media Centre (HMZ).

Your e-mail contact for finding an appointment: schulteam[at]fhws.de

Offerings for secondary school grades 8 to 9

School visits about the topic “lightweight engineering and energy” in cooperation with the IJF (Initiative of Young Researchers)

School visits about the topic “lightweight engineering”

Lightweight engineering is currently not a topic in school subjects. The Initiative of Young Researchers e. V. (IJF) and FHWS is aiming to change that and are offering the "Lightweight Engineering" school visit to supplement the curriculum of pupils in the 9th grade.

Students of FHWS visit secondary schools and provide an overview of lightweight engineering over the course of four school hours. The school visit shall show the potential, the technical, economic, and ecological meaning of this key technology, and which job opportunities this field offers. A central aspect is research-based and practice-oriented learning. The youngsters receive age-appropriate, already processed information and are allowed to experiment themselves, which conveys that this topic can indeed be a lot of fun. Various learning stages give pupils the opportunity to get a grasp of the key elements of lightweight engineering. Here, material testing, cost-benefit calculations, the materials used or the production of fibre composite materials play a major role. In addition, pupils will gain suggestions for choosing their future profession and an overview of training professions.

The school visits are tailored especially for the 9th school year. However, younger and older pupils (8th to 10th grade) may also participate in the programme, if communicated beforehand.

Your contact for school visits with the IJF

School liaison team
Monika Hahn
Phone +49 931 3511-8265
E-mail schulteam[at]fhws.de