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In the Californian sun, team c.lab meets team Sandbox

Virtual Window and Railcam in action (Photo: Dennis Steers / Cal Poly College of Engineering)
Virtual Window and Railcam in action (Photo: Dennis Steers / Cal Poly College of Engineering)

[01|12|2016]

Exchange and project work of the MUAS open-workspace team on site with colleagues from California

 

C. lab and Innovation Sandbox: These terms stand for student initiatives for free project realisation - at the Munich University of Applied Sciences, as well as at Cal Poly, the Californian partner university. This summer, the teams of both open workspaces met in California for the first time and were able to realise the projects previously planned via Skype.

 

Open workspaces are open workshops that provide resources such as 3-D printers, tools and facilities to enable students to realise their own project ideas. The focus is on projects in the fields of physical computing, rapid prototyping and programming. The workshops c.lab and Sandbox offer students the opportunity to work and research new technologies independently of the regular course of study.

 

A total of four subprojects were conceived in advance for the collaboration of the teams. The aim of the projects is the virtual networking of both workshops. In a two-week collaboration, Virtual Window was created to allow the students of both labs live participation in each other's projects. RailCam, a mobile camera mounted on a ceiling rail, provides every student with an overview of the workshops and via Google Streetview the premises were scanned for virtual viewing. The cooperation of the workshops is also illustrated by a technical and optical adaptation of the two homepages.

 

With great dexterity, the Railcam is assembled and put into operation (Photo: Dennis Steers / Cal Poly College of Engineering)
With great dexterity, the Railcam is assembled and put into operation (Photo: Dennis Steers / Cal Poly College of Engineering)
c.lab founder Sascha Schwarz from MUAS sees in the jointly realised projects not only a substantive success, but also plenty of potential for further cooperation: "It was not primarily about completing the projects, but to discuss their potential and evaluate them. Above all, it was important to define the work packages for students so that they could work on the projects after the workshop." It was particularly fun to work with everyone involved in such a friendly and relaxed atmosphere as at Cal Poly, says Sascha Schwarz. The laboratories are well equipped and the Californian campus offers everything you need for a relaxed learning environment.

 

With c.lab founder Sascha Schwarz, Joseph Thaler and Philip Listl, students of Mechatronics, Mathias Spieler, an Electrical Engineering Technology student, Benedikt Kaufmann and Julian Blaser, students of Micro- and Nanotechnology participated in the workshop as members of MUAS' organisation team. The MUAS supervising professors are Prof. Andreas Schlüter and Prof. Christian Münker.

 

Successful collaboration and happy faces: Team c.lab and team Sandbox (Photo: Dennis Steers / Cal Poly College of Engineering)
Successful collaboration and happy faces: Team c.lab and team Sandbox (Photo: Dennis Steers / Cal Poly College of Engineering)
The idea for a cooperation between the teams of the two universities comes from Prof. Dr. Klaus Kreulich, Vice-President of MUAS. What began with emails and Skype conference calls has become a personal and practice-oriented workshop for two committed project teams this summer. The cooperation between the teams c.lab and Sandbox is also expected to continue in the future. In the spring of 2017, a student of Cal Poly will be coming to MUAS and working on the c.lab projects.

 

This cooperation and strategic university partnership is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

 

 

Valerie Stärk