Rolls-Royce Power Systems sponsors Friedrichshafen Knowledge Workshop

Jan 16, 2019

  • 50,000 euros per year for five years
  • Joint aim to awaken young people's enthusiasm for technology
  • Rolls-Royce Power Systems granted seat on the workshop's Association Board  

Friedrichshafen – Rolls-Royce Power Systems is to support the Friedrichshafen Knowledge Workshop with sponsorship payments of 250,000 euros. The workshop offers technology courses for children and youngsters aged between five and eighteen. “The city of Friedrichshafen  owes its renown in large part to a number of outstanding technological advances that were made here,” pointed out Andreas Schell, CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.  “ We want to awaken young people's interest in technology and their spirit of innovation at an early stage.”

Marcus A. Wassenberg, Member of the Board of Rolls-Royce Power Systems and Labor Director, added, “Friedrichshafen is our most important site for research and production and the reason why we want to get young people curious about technology at an early age. We want to show them that it's actually fun. In doing so, we also do justice to our standing as one of the biggest employers in the region.”  

The courses given in the Knowledge Workshop are not just designed to impart knowledge, but to highlight the enjoyable side of technology.  The atmosphere is relaxed and tuition is individual or given in groups of up to fourteen participants. It is built around practical enterprises, involving for example, vehicle robots or challenges like 'How does electricity come out of a plug socket? Build your own power station!'.
“We're delighted to have Rolls-Royce Power Systems on board,” said Robert Vöhringer, Head of the Knowledge Workshop, “because we both share the same objectives. Long before they start writing job applications, we want to get young people engaged with the big challenges of the future such as efficient energy management.  Rolls-Royce Power Systems' product portfolio reflects that challenge.”

In support of the workshop's efforts, Rolls-Royce Power Systems has already donated a Series 1600 engine from MTU which is used for hands-on learning about the structure and function of internal combustion engines.

As part of the sponsorship, the company was granted a seat on the workshop Association Board. The board selected Martin Stocker, MTU head of training, to take up the appointment.

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Rolls-Royce Power Systems is financially supporting the Knowledge Workshop. Pictured (from left) are Andreas Köster (1st Chairman of the Knowledge Workshop), Marcus A. Wassenberg (Member of the Board and Labor Director at Rolls-Royce Power Systems), Andreas Schell (CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems) and Hermann Sauter (2nd Chairman of the Knowledge Workshop) during the signing of the agreement for the sponsorship. The signing took place on the MTU Series 1600 unit of the Knowledge Workshop. The engine forms the focal point of the Knowledge Workshop´s course 'How does a diesel engine work?'.

Rolls-Royce Power Systems is financially supporting the Knowledge Workshop. Pictured (from left) are Andreas Köster (1st Chairman of the Knowledge Workshop), Marcus A. Wassenberg (Member of the Board and Labor Director at Rolls-Royce Power Systems), Andreas Schell (CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems) and Hermann Sauter (2nd Chairman of the Knowledge Workshop) during the signing of the agreement for the sponsorship. The signing took place on the MTU Series 1600 unit of the Knowledge Workshop. The engine forms the focal point of the Knowledge Workshop´s course 'How does a diesel engine work?'.

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MTU training chief Martin Stocker (left) and Head of the Knowledge Workshop, Robert Vöhringer, watch the children of MiniTu, the Rolls-Royce Power Systems child care center, during their activities. When they visited the Knowledge Workshop, the topic under scrutiny by the pre-school group was 'The power of attraction - magnetism'.

MTU training chief Martin Stocker (left) and Head of the Knowledge Workshop, Robert Vöhringer, watch the children of MiniTu, the Rolls-Royce Power Systems child care center, during their activities. When they visited the Knowledge Workshop, the topic under scrutiny by the pre-school group was 'The power of attraction - magnetism'.

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Wolfgang Boller
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wolfgang.boller@rrpowersystems.com

 

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