Don’t Fear the Lightning: KTU Is Only Celebrating Researchers’ Night

Important | 2015-10-02

On the 25th of September, Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) once again opened its door to the annual Researchers’ Night. This year all locals and city guests were invited to attend a whopping number of 100 various events and interactive spaces – from mind-blowing lectures and demonstrations in university labs to movie viewings and creative workshops.

Amongst the attractions receiving the most attention were the events organised in the KTU Faculty of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. While some decided to use this opportunity for exploring the highly sophisticated laboratories of automation and electrical engineering, others wished to test their hands-on abilities by producing unique LED and other souvenirs in multiple interactive workshops. Moreover, the faculty visitors had a unique opportunity to test-drive an electromobile and witness a generated lightning discharge from just a few metres away!

“We are delighted that this already traditional annual event generates more and more public interest each year. To the best of my knowledge, some activities were so popular that the registration had been closed even weeks before the event, suggesting that the public demand exceeded the highest expectations. I, personally, was exceptionally excited seeing so many young people who bombarded our students and lecturers with tons of highly relevant and interesting questions. Having left the event really uplifted, I am positive that as a nation we are nurturing a really smart and tech-savvy new generation” shared the Dean of the faculty of Electrical and Electronics Engineering prof. Algimantas Valinevicius. 

In the meantime, some of the programme events, such as the electromobile test-drive, were slightly compromised by the pouring rain. However, the faintly wet groups of visitors soon found shelter in the nearby high-voltage lab where they were treated to a very entertaining lecture delivered by the faculty expert dr. Jonas Vanagas. The lecturer demonstrated a fast-charging electromobile station, especially delivered for the event by the faculty’s corporate partners and shared his vision about the flying electrical vehicles roaming above our streets in the relatively near future.