At a workshop, the children of the 4th grade disassembled everyday electronics – such as broken DVD recorders, keyboards or playground equipment – into their individual parts. “Working with a screwdriver, pliers and hammer is fascinating for the kids. It is nice to see how interested the children are in electrical engineering and the correct separation of the individual components,” says class teacher Claudia Tatzberger.
On the premises of the MGG Metrec plant in Amstetten, the recyclability of materials in the so-called recycling cycle was demonstrated up close. In addition to the knowledge of the structure and composition of equipment, the explanation of the recyclability of materials was an essential aspect of the action. “I am fascinated by what the children remembered about the workshop at school and by their enthusiasm for recycling,” said DI Günther Höggerl, Head of Research and Development at Müller-Guttenbrunn.
Afterwards they went on to the Kematen Business Park, where the pupils visited the MGG Metran plant. There they got an insight how different industrial materials (e.g. aluminium, copper or zinc) are separated in practice.
“The very good cooperation with Müller-Guttenbrunn GmbH, which has already lasted several years, to promote scientific and technical interests within the framework of our T4T | tools for talents project is a successful example of good networking of schools with businesses,” says Simone Trost of the Zukunftsakademie Mostviertel.
T4T is an initiative launched in 2010 to foster scientific and technical interests among children and young people. Together with kindergartens, schools and companies as well as supporting external partners such as Müller-Guttenbrunn, the initiative wishes to arouse young people’s curiosity and desire for technology in a playful and lighthearted manner.