“Eine Gute Tat” meets MINT-NetzwerkPublished: June 10, 2019
In the context of our "Eine Gute Tat" program, our partnership with the regional MINT-Netzwerk is taking shape. The Netzwerk is focused on promoting pupils who have a strong interest for MINT (Mathematics, Informatics, Natural Sciences, Technics/Engineering). Together with them, we can now share our excitement for what we do - and bring some real life examples into classrooms, around advisory, software development and engineering and computational and data sciences. The first event targeted elementary schools - and our goal was simple: spark some interest and share our passion for software development - using Calliope, an open-source mini hardware platform that offers a wide range of sensors and outputs. 13 kids were invited to join the first event - eagerly spending nearly two hours on getting to know the device and the programming editor. Once the fundamentals were established, the kids started programming. After only 15 minutes nearly all kids made changes and modifications to their programs: improving it, following their own creativity, and bring the device to life. As there was no limitation in what to do at the first day, the programs developed fast - from simple "hello world" into image animations, using buttons to control, LED colors and sounds. It's always surpirsing to see what a little spark of enthusiasm can create in the hand of kids that are interested to learn. This is at the core of what we want to achieve in our "Eine Gute Tat" program - and we couldn't be more proud of the kids joining us on the journey.
In Silico Drug DiscoveryPublished: May 23, 2019
Beside our ongoing engagement within different computational chemistry support projects, a new client in Dortmund asked us to help out at the start of a new project. After four full days of applying the necessary in silico methods and tools, workflows and computations were set up to find initial structures within substance libraries for lead and drug development. Entering the project at the earliest possible stage, the first days were spent well in target optimization, binding site analysis as well as literature research. Working together with synthesis chemists side by side, we managed to come up with a vast number of potential structures, ready for development into a lead or hit. We are excited to continue supporting our client with our computational chemistry expertise!
“Eine Gute Tat”Published: May 21, 2019
Another week, another "Eine Gute Tat" event. In the context of a special project week at a regional elementary school, we ran a workshop on software programming, giving both pupils and teachers the opportunity to spend time in a completely different field. Having a focus on "fit for future", our Calliope course was highly anticipated by the teachers and pupils. 22 third graders were cheerful as Leonhard Henkes arrived with a set of Calliope-mini devices to give them a hands-on introduction into programming. As this computer can be fully programmed, the classroom turned suddenly into a playful space for learning. After a short warm-up phase, most of the kids started to come up with ideas on their own. We are happy that our "Eine Gute Tat" program gave 22 kids a great first experience with computers, and software development. Most kids were even eager to continue using their own devices. Happy coding to everyone!