Following its successful launch at the bauma in 2013, the second “Think Big!” initiative is being held at bauma 2016, which takes place from 11.04.–17.04.2016 in Munich/Germany. The organizer is the German Engineering Federation, the VDMA (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau) in cooperation with the Messe München. On 3000 m² of space, “Think Big!” will feature an extensive and interactive program focusing on technical training, educational and career opportunities in the construction and building materials machinery industry.
So far over 12 000 schoolchildren from 230 schools have registered to attend. The premiere of “Think Big!” in 2013 attracted over 14 000 schoolchildren. The organizers are expecting this figure to be exceeded at the bauma 2016. “Think Big!” is on each day in Hall B0 during the bauma 2016. A total of 16 companies, training institutions and associations will be taking part and offering participants a real hands-on experience, as well as explaining the training options and what’s involved in day-to-day work in their companies.
In a new section called “Vocational college live!”, teachers and students from these institutions will be giving insights into the courses and explaining what’s different about these colleges as compared to normal schools.
In the “Study” area students and scientific assistants from various universities will be giving insights into their day-to-day activities. They will set out what’s involved in a conventional degree course in engineering and what a sandwich course is like. Separate offerings are being put on for girls, by the women involved in MINT, an initiative to promote interest in mathematics, information science, natural sciences and technology and the careers opportunities this opens up.
Advance preparation for teachers
Together with publishers Klett, a teacher’s guide has been produced that prepares the teaching staff better for “Think Big! Live at the bauma”, informing them of what’s on offer there. In addition a study brochure has been produced for secondary school pupils, entitled “Zukunft Bauen – Mit MINT und modernen Maschinen”, which contains content from the fields of mathematics, technology, chemistry and physics, as applicable to the field of construction and construction machinery.