March 27, 2014

Impression of Girls'Day at the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute

This is the sixth time in a row that the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute HHI is taking part in Germany's biggest career guidance project for school girls, Girls'Day, to be held on 27 March 2014. Three different workshops will be staged to give school girls fascinating insights into the world of optical telecommunications, a key field of interest for Fraunhofer HHI.

The MEGA WORLD workshop shows them how light can be used to transmit data, and in the MICRO WORLD workshop they are given the chance to see what the world looks like when viewed from its micro and nano dimensions. In the SENSOR WORLD workshop in Goslar the school girls are shown how structures are written into optical fiber and how powerful a femtosecond laser can be.

Girls'Day is an annual event when technology enterprises, companies with technical departments and technical training facilities, universities and research institutes across the whole of Germany hold a special open day for female school students from the age of 10 upwards. Girls'Day is intended to encourage and motivate girls to take up vocational and further education opportunities in technology, IT, mechanical engineering and the natural sciences.