Recommended for grades 9 and10, and suitable up to grade 13
At DLR in Berlin new methods are being developed to monitor and control traffic. Credit: DLR/Markus Steur.
Whoever thinks transport research is dull and boring is mistaken. It is directly related to real life situations and there are many everyday associations for young people. How and with what means do young people actually get around in the large metropolis of Berlin these days? How can traffic jams be avoided with the help of intelligent traffic light controls? And how can the fastest route to a destination be found with modern navigation systems? These and other fascinating questions are answered in the "Transportation" module by means of six different experiments.
The experiments in the "Transportation" module are divided into two groups. For more information please click on the experiment.
The day’s programme:
At DLR_School_Lab Berlin the traffic situation can be perceived in a way that no driver training course can offer. Credit: DLR/Gossmann
The programme includes an introduction, two experiment periods and a concluding discussion. In the introduction the students are acquainted with the German Aerospace Center, learn interesting facts about the areas of research at DLR Berlin, and are introduced to the topic of transportation. At this point and throughout the course of the day any questions about DLR research fields and programs to encourage the next generation of young research talent can also be discussed. During the lunch break a meal can be purchased in the Humboldt University cafeteria for around €3 to €6. At the end of the module we ask the students for feedback on their visit.
||Welcome, introduction, division into small groups
||Interview for the experiment on the mobility habits of young people
||1st experiment period (on traffic monitoring)
||Compilation of results
||Lunch break in the Humboldt University cafeteria
||2nd experiment period (on traffic control)
||Compilation of results
||End of visit
All times are approximate. By prior arrangement the program can begin later.
It is not necessary to prepare for the visit by covering the topic in the classroom beforehand. The DLR_School_Lab staff will introduce the students to the subjects in a way suitable to their age level. You might just encourage your class to look forward to a fascinating day of experiments in which they will be able to do many things on their own and gain an authentic impression of research at DLR.