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On Saturday, 28 June 2014, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., Ruhr-Universität Bochum was one of 50 venues in the frame of ExtraSchicht - Night of Industrial Culture. The original aim of the festival, which for the first time took place in 2001, was to take former industrial plants, active production facilities, mines and slagheaps, and skillfully turn them into venues of industrial culture, making clear the transformation from heavy industry to a modern region of business and culture. In doing so, it created an atmosphere that could only be generated in the Ruhr Area, because of its history.

In the past few years, Ruhr-Universität Bochum has also been opening its doors to Extraschicht visitors, offering a unique program for young and old. The faculty of civil and environmental engineering sciences, the faculty of mechanical engineering and the faculty of electrical engineering presented themselves in the form of a three station tour where visitors had to complete several science-related tasks in order to receive a small prize. At the station of the civil engineers they were either required to complete a level of the computer game 'Bridgebuilder' by building a virtual bridge which lasts against different loads (passenger car(s), truck(s), tank(s) etc.), or they could build a giant 'Jenga' tower using some of the largest Jenga blocks ever seen. Both games gave visitors an idea of what challenges civil engineers have to have face in their everyday working life and they significantly enjoyed playing them while receiving some helpful advice from experienced engineers (not that this would have been necessary, though). The main picture shows Thomas Schwentken and his son Simon who excelled in building the highest 'Jenga'-tower of the evening. Congratulations!


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