Everything smart: kulmbach schoolchildren present their visions for the future

Everything smart: kulmbach schoolchildren present their visions for the future

What could kulmbach look like in 2040?? This was the question posed by young people from five kulmbach schools in a special project. The caspar-vischer-gymnasium, the carl-von-linde-realschule, the hans-edelmann-schule, the max-hundt-schule and the adalbert-raps-schule were involved.

Motto: "smart city – thinking about the future!"

The students presented the results at a town hall meeting on thursday morning. "Smart city – thinking about the future!" Was the topic, where visions were definitely desired.

"Normally, we specify individual topics, but the students in kulmbach wanted to choose their own topics", said project manager heike pfeffer. The young people worked on the topics themselves in workshops under the guidance of an expert and were encouraged to "think visionary and further".

At the adalbert raps school, for example, the participants looked at the topic of smart mobility. "What will our commute look like in 20 years??", maximilian berger and katharina schmidt asked themselves during their presentation. According to their ideas, there should be many e-bikes with dedicated parking spaces and car-sharing for the transport of goods.

Autonomous buses

"You can call up the e-bikes and cars via an app", said the two. Public transport should also be expanded flexibly so that "autonomous buses can also reach small villages as needed" can. To achieve this, roads had to be rebuilt, charging stations installed and the network of cycle paths expanded.

"Your project is going in the direction we want to go too", said deputy district administrator jorg kunstmann, who sat on the podium with third mayor frank wilzok and michael pfitzner from the school-business working group ("your concept may well be supplemented by the old-fashioned running").

Towers for students

In rough visions, the CVG high school students thought. "In a brainstorming session, we looked at how students could be accommodated in kulmbach in the future", said teacher markus lagnier. "Smart living" was the keyword under which the flat of the shopping center was planned for the construction of residential towers for students. "We see four towers with 20 floors each", saskia phillip and hannes kieslich explained. These towers are equipped with vertical wind turbines, there is a smart supermarket, a community cake – and everything is controlled by artificial intelligence.

Political speaker simona mub thought the concept was great for students, but she could also imagine another target group, namely seniors.

Kulmbach needs more action

The max hundt schoolchildren want to help tourism in kulmbach get off the ground. "Why not combine history with spab?", asked laura zenk, lilly haas and kevin muller. "Kulmbach needs more action!" With an interactive digital city tour, hoverboards, a cable car or cab drones, they want to give tourism a boost. A hologram of a woman could tell stories, QR codes provide an individual tour of the city.

"It’s great that young people are concerned with the history of the city, many of your ideas could be implemented in a timely manner", said michael pfitzner and suggested a pilot project of the schools, which was supported by the working group school-economy.

With their smart park bank, the realschule students encountered divided opinions. On the one hand, the seating furniture, where you could call up all kinds of information about the city, went down well with the rest of the audience, but when it came to the topic of "chip implants for calling up health information", it was a bit of a challenge the two sides were divided on the issue. "What I like about your concept is that you can also talk to someone else", said jorg kunstmann.

Youth center was also a topic

Finally, it was the turn of the students from the hans edelmann school, who were concerned about the future of the youth center. "In the future, only a third of the previous space will be available in the ‘bockerla’", said lars muller and silke hermann "here we have to network in the future." Their vision for 2040, however, is more personal interaction, more exchange and not a technology project. "We don’t want to lose humanity 20 years from now", they said.

Frank wilzok concluded by emphasizing the importance of youth work in the city.

"Smart city – thinking about the future!" Is a project of the association "wirtschaft im dialog im bildungswerk der bayerischen wirtschaft". Workshops are held over two days in which the young people deal with urbanization, digitalization or mobility and dare to think in visionary terms.

In a future check, experts examine whether the ideas are really sustainable and suitable for the future.

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