On Thursday, the 6th of February 2014, Children aged 8 to 12 Years attended the “Children’s University”, a joint project of the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences and the Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences. In this program, children get to know the university and the science created there. They can listen to exiting lectures or even try things by themselves.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rainer Herpers, one of the directors of the Institute for Visual Computing at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University, taught the young students about immersive virtual realities and 3D simulations. Subsequently the children were allowed to try out the FIVIS simulator, which was built and developed by the scientists of the Institute for Visual Computing for bicycle road safety training. Seated on a special bicycle, they were able to drive through a virtual representation of the city Siegburg, displayed on large screens surrounding the bike. And even though every mistake, like missing a hand signal or driving on the wrong side of the road, was answered by a bright symbol on the screens, the children thoroughly enjoyed the ride.