Signo-1-Saar e.V. is an inventors, engineer and technology club in St. Wendel (Saarland). In addition to our activities in invention and engineering, we have been intensively involved with youth development in the area of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) for two years.
We offer free of charge programming courses, build robots and design digital 3D worlds for virtual reality.
Specifically, we're doing the following projects:
• Learn programming with Scratch and ScratchJr
• Create mobile applications / mobile apps
• Build and program robots
• Build and program autonomous drones
• Investigate in autonomous driving with traffic control and vehicle-to-vehicle communication
• Virtual Reality (VR): create 3D worlds
• Augmented Reality (AR): linking the VR to the real world
• DIY of 3D printers
Why We Need Your Support?
Electronics tinkering with the Raspberry Pi
The Raspi is a jack of all trades under the microcomputers. It is the base for any mobile or networked hardware: IoT Internet of Things, communication, automation, robots and drones control. A large part of our projects is based on a Raspi, which costs approx. 80, - Euro with housing, memory card and power source. We will surely never have too many of them.
Sunfounder PiCar Robot Kit
As basis for the robotics we use a kit of the Chinese manufacturer Sunfounder, which costs approx. 150, - Euro including Raspi. Many of our participants buy their own kit privately, but there are also many children who do not have these funds available.
... helps us manufacture components for the robots ourselves and thus lower costs. Since building is more fun than buying "off the peg", we need relatively small amounts of 250-350 euros for kits. For the precision work, however, we need a professional 3D printer for about 1500, - Euro.
Computer for 3D-Development, Virtual & Augmented Reality
For the 3D-development we need powerful computers. But even here building is more fun than buying and also saves a lot of money. Only for the implementation on mobile devices, we have to buy the appropriate tablet computer, because those devices can not build DIY.
With your donations, please help us to put into practice the many ideas we have. Each donation helps another child to enter the infinite field of digitization.