Interested, the students take a closer look at the LBR iisy, guide it by hand and have its functionalities explained in more detail. The boys and girls are all prize winners in the German National Mathematics Competition and were invited to spend a day getting to know KUKA better.
"With the prize winners, we were able to welcome the future of robotics here at KUKA," said Dr. Frank Weinand, Head of Human Resources at KUKA AG. "Future employees will come into contact with new technologies such as robotics or artificial intelligence more than any generation before. This offers great opportunities - but it requires the right talent to develop and shape these technologies. That's why we at KUKA want to foster an appetite for STEM professions and enthusiasm for robotics, automation and the like."
Experience technologies up close
According to the KUKA Future Survey, there is still considerable room for improvement here: 68.5% of the Germans surveyed believe that schools do not sufficiently promote interest in scientific and technical professions, the so-called MINT professions. At the same time, enthusiasm for technologies is an important aspect in securing young talent. For this reason, KUKA regularly works with external institutions so that young people can learn about robotics and automation and experience the company first-hand.
At the beginning of November, for example, KUKA welcomed female students from Augsburg to the Researcher Camp in cooperation with the Bavarian Business School. The female students took on the role of a start-up for a sustainable supermarket with robot support. At the end of the week, the girls presented their ideas and results - and were delighted with the robots and the week of activities.
"Today we were allowed to program robots. I especially liked that because they were very simple and then you could also see what they did. I also liked the program on the 3D printer. I've wanted to try that out for a long time, but I've never had the chance, so I was really pleased today," says Teresa (15) at the camp.
And who knows - maybe the pioneering minds of robotics will be among the researchers and math geniuses?