The IAW in Action

  The students try GERT on © IAW

Students visit the IAW as part of the Schülerinnen- und Schüleruni (Students’ University)


This year’s students’ university in mechanical engineering took place from the July 10 to 14. The aim of the students’ university is to give students the opportunity to get to know subjects from the domains of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at RWTH Aachen University while still being in school. 

At IAW, the upper school students had the opportunity of testing a gerontological Simulator, called GERT. By putting on GERT, joint stiffness, loss of strength, clouding of the lenses of the eyes as well as other physical changes associated with ageing can be simulated within minutes. 

The students not only got a feeling for how it feels to age several decades within seconds, but they also realized why it is important to adapt technology and working conditions to age-related changes in performance.