4.12 Case Study: Smart factory project
In a previous module, we presented a project example in which gathering knowledge about AI was one central aim. An action-oriented learning approach was used for that. Besides, knowledge about AI and programming skills, the pupils trained their social and personal competences: working in a team, being creative and handling frustration.
Training these competences is of great importance. That’s why we want to present a project which is not yet focusing on AI however it is an inspiring example how the cooperation with companies can be used to train VET students for the digital working world.
For the first time, mechatronics trainees of a vocational school in Bremen (Germany) took part in a project on the topic of Industry 4.0 in cooperation with the future workshop of the Mercedes-Benz factory in Bremen. The apprentices produced a model of a so-called Smart Factory, built a robot car with camera for an Erasmus project and filmed the production process.
We ask the teacher about his experiences, challenges and tips for other teachers.
Communication between the learning locations (company, school and home) takes place via a digital learning platform. According to Michael Graf-Jahnke, the existence of such a platform is essential for the success of such a project.
Read more about the project here: short description of the school project (pdf)