“DOOR-OPENER DAY” MODELLED AFTER THE TV PROGRAMME “SHOW WITH THE MOUSE“ AT ZIEHL-ABEGG, INCLUDED BUILDING ACTIVE LOUDSPEAKERS
The “Show with the Mouse” (“Sendung mit der Maus”) is the most famous TV programme in Germany for kids. On the “Mouse Door-Opener Day”, the “Show with the Mouse” programme opens doors for children that are normally closed. At Ziehl-Abegg, the children learned how to screw parts together, perform assembly work and soldering. A shouting contest for the children was also held in the world’s largest combined fan test chamber.
“We want to inspire the children to learn about technical subjects” explains Peter Fenkl, CEO of Ziehl-Abegg. The Door-Opener Day of the “Show with the Mouse” programme is held on the 3rd of October every year. Hundreds of institutions and companies open their doors to children for this event,. “As a specialist in quiet and efficient fans and electric motors, Ziehl-Abegg is placing the focus of the 2018 Door-Opener Day on acoustics,” says the CEO.
The company is fulfilling the wishes of the “Show with the Mouse” in the best way possible: “Providing just a pure Open Day doesn’t reflect the sense and purpose of the “Mouse” – we bring technology closer to the children, explain the correlations and let them assemble something themselves,” emphasises Fenkl. In the Künzelsau training centre the 9 to 12-year-olds built an active loudspeaker for a mobile phone - from the PCB to the finished casing with LED. Ziehl-Abegg trainers and trainees provided guidance and assistance. It goes without saying that there was a lot of fun involved, especially when the larger-than-life stars from the “Show with the Mouse “ – Captain Bluebear and Hein Blöd – showed up.
The very first shouting contest was held in the world’s largest combined fan test chamber. The measuring devices and the structure are certified by international testing organisations such as AMCA and TÜV. Each child was allowed to shout as loudly as possible in the totally silent chamber – and the test experts determined exactly how loud the shout was. The children were then presented with a personalised document, containing both the measured value in dB (A) and a comparison noise (for example of a vacuum cleaner up to a pneumatic hammer), signed by the test experts and bearing the logo of the “Show with the Mouse”.