Technology is all around us. We can't live without it anymore. Yet fewer adolescents are opting for technical studies. That’s a shame because new talents are desperately needed in the technology sector. But how do high school students know if they have an affinity for technology?
Twente Goes Techno
Twente Goes Techno was created to encourage secondary school students to choose a technical study. More than 60 tech-driven companies in the region have opened their doors for young people to get an idea of the business working environment.
It often turns out that they are positively surprised during their visit. This is due to the unclear picture that prevails about the work itself, as well as about continuing education in the technical sector. Twente Goes Techno aims to enthuse the nearly 1700 students who orientate themselves annually for a future in technology.
Visiting The Green Box cleantech campus
As the campus for companies in the energy transition sector, The Green Box serves as a figurehead when it comes to technical challenges and possibilities!
Students were welcomed in the ‘Rogue One’ meeting room with a welcome drink and presentation. The students were challenged to think about electricity and their own energy consumption. During a tour on the 18-hectare business park, companies were introduced that have developed cool cleantech solutions. For example, large battery containers that have supplied the fairground attractions in Hengelo with green battery power, as an alternative to the polluting diesel generators. This is a collaboration between in-house companies SmartGrid and NieuweWeme. Finally, the students were shown high-voltage tests in the Damstra Lab. An independent laboratory on The Green Box in which medium and high voltage tests are performed.
Super B, which is located at The Green Box, showed the students around their working place. Super B develops and produces lithium iron phosphate batteries. The students received an impression of Super B and how their batteries are produced in its nearby factory on the Expolaan in Hengelo.