IdeenExpo: experiencing the energy transition at the ‘Ideas show’

The IdeenExpo show is making the National Top Runner Initiative and the Public Dialogue on the Grid even more tangible for its young audience – with workshops and exhibits to touch and try out.

IdeenExpo photo wall.© IdeenExpo

At the IdeenExpo show, visitors can really experience the technology on show – they can even jump on a bike and create their own electricity. The science and technology show, which is geared towards school pupils, will take place in Hanover from 10-18 June 2017. The joint stand run by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is this year presenting the National Top Runner Initiative (NTRI) together with the Public Dialogue on the Grid.

Spinning the wheel of fortune to talk about energy efficiency

The National Top Runner Initiative (NTRI) has been set up to help get good, energy-efficient products onto the market more quickly. The initiative is being presented at the trade fair in order to raise awareness among young people about using energy more carefully.At the NTRI stand, young visitors can have a go at generating their own electricity by pedalling on a bike connected up to a monitor which shows how many kilowatt hours of electricity is being generated. It also enables them to see which household and multimedia appliances could be operated using the amount of electricity that is being produced. Those a little less energetic can have a go at the wheel of fortune where there are quiz questions all about energy efficiency to be answered. These activities are a fun way for school pupils to learn about using the electronic appliances part of their everyday lives in a more energy-efficient manner – whether it’s their charger, computer, or their desk lamp.

Buzz wire game to explore grid expansion

The public dialogue in the grid is an open and transparent means of providing the public with information on the expansion of the electricity grid and on how they can get involved. At the Ministry’s stand, young people can test their agility on the buzz wire and learn key information about the expansion of the power grid. The Public Dialogue on the Grid is also putting on its own youth conference at the IdeenExpo. This will involve a series of different workshops at which school pupils can learn more about grid expansion and grid stability within the energy transition and can come alongside experts to look at how to get more electric cars onto the roads. There is also a computer game designed especially for girls, in which they can find out in a fun way about technical vocational occupations in the field of renewable energy.

Knowledge is fun

The IdeenExpo has been taking place every two years since 2007 and has since become Germany’s biggest youth event for science and technology, attracting 350,000 visitors each time. The aim of the trade fair is to provide well-grounded knowledge in a way that is fun. The broad range of areas dealt with at the trade fair also provide young people with an overview when it comes to career choices.