In the final stage of the FabLab/International Design Project 2017, four interdisciplinary student teams presented their own prototypes at the Maker Faire Hannover from 25. -27. August. This project gives German and Russian engineering students the opportunity to work together to design and build a prototype product of their choice and builds upon the long-standing Strategic Partnership between Leibniz Universität Hannover and Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University.
Learning to communicate effectively across languages and cultures is central to the project. All aspects of the project take place in English and the programme is structured to enable students to develop their technical English skills within a relevant professional context. Furthermore, it encourages students to think creatively and solve technical problems quickly and economically. This year’s student teams designed and built a glockenspiel played by falling steel balls, a battery electric skateboard, a cocktail mixing machine and an underwater drone with a camera.
The project is organised co-operatively by FabLab Polytech (St. Petersburg), the Zentrum für Didaktik der Technik (Hannover) and the Fachsprachenzentrum (Hannover). It is supervised by Polina Dyatlova and Christopher Tidy, and co-ordinated by Nataliya Butych from the International Office.