Einführungsprojekt

Introduction to Engineering: Project Week etit – Team up for success

Current note: In winter semester 2017/2018, project week will take place from 19/03/2018 – 23/03/2018. A final event is scheduled for the following week.

Since 2007, the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology has offered a project week for first semester students. Interdisciplinary groups (approx. 10 participants per group) work together on a technical solution to a practical, complex, and socially relevant problem of today. The design topic is kept secret until the beginning of the project, and each team is given exactly one week to develop an innovative solution. In order to add to the excitement, the teams present their final results in a competition at the end of the week.

 

Introduction to Collaborative Engineering and Networking

Design from Project Week 2014: Sketch of the OVOsafe, an egg-shaped children’s seat for a bike ensures better protection.
Design from Project Week 2014: Sketch of the OVOsafe, an egg-shaped children’s seat for a bike ensures better protection.

Through this interdisciplinary exchange, first semester students can further develop technical and personal skills in areas such as teamwork and self-organization. Collaboration in this group provides an opportunity for students to get an impression of what awaits them later as professional engineers. The project week also gives students the opportunity to network with other students within the same subject as well as different disciplines.

Support from Professors

The students only have one week to work on an innovative solution. At the end of the week, they present their final concept just as they will later in their career. Picture: Paul Glogowski, TU Darmstadt
The students only have one week to work on an innovative solution. At the end of the week, they present their final concept just as they will later in their career. Picture: Paul Glogowski, TU Darmstadt

Project Week fosters not only didactic and technical learning in a team with other students of both similar and different interests. Students also receive expert guidance from professors within their field and are given the opportunity to discuss topics and ask questions.

Participants must be first semester students in the bachelor’s degree programmes for Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Mechatronics, or Information System Technology.

Early Establishment of Foundational Concepts

Math, physics, and theoretical electrical engineering include a variety of highly theoretical subjects even from the very beginning of the curriculum. This difficult theory is essential knowledge for professional engineers, but is often daunting for freshers. However, after learning many of these basic concepts in an exciting practical application, students should be able to better absorb the theories presented in throughout their studies.

Project Week has been held every winter semester since 2007. Since 2012, Project Week has been sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung -BMBF) under the project Competence development through interdisciplinary cooperation from the very outset (KIVA – Kompetenzentwicklung durch interdisziplinäre Vernetzung von Anfang an).

 

Registration (TUCaN and moodle)

 

Students must register on TUCaN in order to participate in Project Week (course number 18-de-1010-pr). Successful participants will receive 2 CP.

Please note:
Register for both the course and the exam in TUCaN.

All important information in regards to Project Week can be found on moodle. The access key to the webpage will be available to all participants on the first day of the Project Week.