An important part of the European Rover Challenge, which distinguishes this project from other events of this type organized around the world, is a science and technology show zone, accessible to the general public. We are visited by viewers of almost all ages, and most of them are people interested in astronomy, new technologies and science. Families with children are a large group of visitors to the Exhibitors Zone, so we make sure that there are also many attractions for the little ones.
Guided by the slogan “we inspire a new generation”, we have been bringing the cosmos closer to the general public and making people aware of the growing role of modern technologies in our lives for seven years now. An integral part of this process are shows, workshops and presentations prepared by our exhibitors.
ERC 2022 EXHIBITORS
MAB ROBOTICS SP. Z O.O.
MAB Robotics is a start-up responding to the needs of inspection and service work inside underground installations such as heating networks and water and sewage channels. Its team is developing small-sized four-legged robots that will serve as universal support platforms for sensors and tools. The company has a wide range of robotic components available in the online store, and provides design and consulting services in the field of mobile robotics research and development. MAB Robotics will present their robots in ERC Exhibitors Zone.
Kielce University of Technology
Kielce University of Technology is a modern university offering education in 21 fields of study and over 60 specializations. Students as well as research and teaching staff can use over 130 well-equipped laboratories, the unique Centre for Laser Metal Technologies for conducting research in the field of laser and plasma technologies, the CENWIS Scientific and Implementation Centre, a library, a new educational and sports hall, a multifunctional athletics stadium and six dormitories. For many years the Kielce University of Technology has been focusing on cooperation with industry and economic environment institutions. Good contacts with the business community make university graduates willingly employed by employers. At its stand, the Kielce University of Technology will present projects and initiatives created at its various faculties, bringing science closer to the public in an inspiring way.
Digital Dialog is an association operating in the field of digital education (learning programming, robotics, security), STEAM – related to an innovative design approach and competences of the future. It supports schools, teachers, parents, educators and children. The Digital Dialogue carries out nationwide projects related to increasing the level of digital competences (Zaprogramuj Przyszłość, Centrum Championship IT, Kindloteka STEM), conduct trainings and webinars, and create educational materials. At the stand of the Dialogue Center, you will be able to view and join the creation of mini-STEAM and robotic projects related to Mars, the Moon and the Earth on individual days. The Association will invite all visitors to play and show them how to easily make experiments and various machines from easily accessible elements. Keeping in mind also the ecological aspect - part of the activity will concern the responsible use of resources and supporting biodiversity. The implementation of each activity will be combined with a conversation on the mechanics of various devices and phenomena occurring in the world around us. The universal nature of the activities proposed by the Dialogue Center let audiences of all ages find something interesting at their stand.
Oprogramowanie Naukowo-Techniczne Sp. z o.o. – Distributor of the MathWorks, Inc. software in Poland
Oprogramowanie Naukowo-Techniczne Sp. z o.o. is the exclusive Polish distributor of MathWorks products – the provider of MATLAB and Simulink software used by engineers all over the world. Company grants software licenses, organizes trainings for engineers and scientific-technical events. MATLAB is a programming environment designed for algorithm development as well as data visualisation and analysis. It also enables performing numerical calculations. Thanks to MATLAB, problems can be solved faster than using such programming languages as C, C ++ or Fortran. What’s more, the software can have many uses. It will be demonstrated at the company’s stand in the Exhibitors’ Zone. ONT experts have also prepared many interactive attractions and online workshops.
Polish Space Agency
The Polish Space Agency (POLSA) is an executive agency of the Ministry of Development and Technology, established in 2014. Its mission is to support the Polish space industry by implementing the priorities of the Polish Space Strategy. POLSA cooperates with international agencies and state administration in the field of space research and use of outer space. Agency is responsible for the promotion of the Polish space sector in Poland and abroad. POLSA conducts also activities related to information and education on the use of satellite technologies (including navigation, observation and communication) in the economy, administration and everyday life. At the POLSA stand, you will be able to learn more about the Agency's activities and the celebration of the 10th anniversary of Poland’s accession to ESA. Take part in shows and experiments popularizing knowledge about space, see interesting animations and learn about the activities of student clubs cooperating with the Polish Space Agency. POLSA representatives will take part also in debates and the work of the ERC competition jury.
LYO FOOD Sp. z o.o.
LYO FOOD is a Polish brand that produces freeze-dried food. Lyophilizates are foods from which water is removed during the sublimation process. Thanks to this, the food is much lighter, while maintaining 99% of the nutritional value, taste and natural appearance. The freeze-dried food is used primarily by travelers and athletes. However, it will also be perfect for any long hike, camping trip or space flight! The quality of LYO FOOD products has been repeatedly confirmed by prizes and awards. LYO FOOD will run a “bistro” in the ERC Exhibitors Zone where visitors will have the opportunity to try and buy their lyophilized dishes, and additional space-related products (e. g. from hydroponics cultivations).
Albatros has been established by a group of high school students from Istanbul, in 2020. The team has been developing projects since their establishment, participating in technological activities and competitions, as well as training interested students. Their aim is to develop projects and perform R&D studies. Albatros Team will participate in the ERC Exhibitors Zone displaying their products, informing about their completed and ongoing projects, their R&D studies and they will perform a workshop for kids.
The European Fairy Tale Centre in Pacanów
The Fairy Tale Center combines cultural education with entertainment and fun. The Fairy-tale World waits there for children - a magical land that combines an extraordinary museum with an interactive exhibition. There you can see a real pea that kept the princess awake, freckles from the Academy of Mr. Kleks, take a ride on a train that goes into space, meet the Little Prince and experience the attack of sea monsters. After the fairy-tale journey, visitors are invited to the Small Theater, where they can take part in puppet shows, and in the end of it learn the history of the theater and details of the playing with puppets technique. Children and adults can play the role of an actor-puppeteer and develop their imagination and creativity. The way of telling and guiding viewers through the land of fairy tales is adopted to the age of visitors, so not only children, but also parents benefit from visiting the Fairy Tale Center. The facility also has a modern 3D cinema and a bookstore. At the Fairy Tale Center various workshops are also held, and in spring and summer season a great family picnics can be organized in the local garden. At its stand the Tale Centre will conduct safe experiments with warm nitrogen and demonstrations entitled “How it Works” thanks to which visitors will be able to expand their knowledge of physics, optics, electricity and stimulate your creativity and imagination.
Since its establishment, PWN has been a reliable and trustworthy source of knowledge. Its vision is to deliver for everyone tools for learning in the best possible way. For this purpose, the Publishing House carefully observes the changes taking place in the world of science, education and business, and the knowledge obtained in this way uses in its endeavors. PWN constantly develops new areas of activity, creates a variety of innovative educational solutions and - thanks to its products and services - supports its recipients in education, deepening knowledge and improving skills. At the PWN stand visitors will be able to buy many interesting, inspiring books.
Maria Kunic Astronomy Association
The goal of the Maria Kunic Astronomy Association is to educate and popularise astronomy and astronautics among children, adolescents and adults, to spread knowledge about space, research and achievements in its conquest, and to popularise the scientific achievements and the figure of one of the world’s greatest astronomers, Maria Kunic. The Association runs the Maria Kunic Astronomy and Astronautic Education Centre in Cieszęcin based on the RT13 radio telescope, sharing its observation data online with everyone interested. At the Association’s stand visitors will be able to learn more about Maria Kunic’s extraordinary scientific discoveries, see her work “Urania propitia” as well as put on an astronaut's suit and make photo with the background of Mars map or with Maria Kunic’s portrait. There will be also a presentation of the book "Maria Kunic - Cosmic Girl".
Rzeszów IT Group
The Rzeszów IT Group brings together the Electrical Engineering and Information Technology Science Club and the “ROBO” Automation and Robotics Specialists Science Club operating at the Rzeszów University of Technology. The Group’s activity focuses mainly on constructing robots and designing printed circuit boards with particular use of RFID. Robots created by members of the Rzeszów IT Group occupy high positions in international competitions. The Group also organises shows and exhibitions thematically related to its activities. The Rzeszów IT Group’s stand will present electronic constructions, including line follower robots and sumo robots as well as the unique Curiosity rover built from LEGO bricks in 1:4 scale and a special 3D printing zone.
Education Support Foundation of the Aviation Valley Association
The Education Support Foundation of the Aviation Valley Association has been established with a view to creating new development opportunities for children and adolescents by organising specially prepared, interactive classes and scientific demonstrations. Its main goal is to prove to young people that science does not have to be boring and can be very rewarding. The foundation’s mission is to develop their interests and encourage them to learn about the world so that the “adventure” with science will bring benefits in their future professional life. The foundation carries out its goals through such projects as free classes for children and teenagers as well as popular science events. RoboLAB is a new, unique project of the Education Support Foundation at the Aviation Valley Association addressed to students of secondary schools in Podkarpacie, and in the near future also to students from other regions. The participants of the project will construct robots and take part in international competitions. The strategic partner of the project is Pratt & Whitney Rzeszów, and the main partners - Podkarpackie Voivodeship and Rzeszów University of Technology. The foundation’s stand will present the world of modern technologies, virtual reality and aviation.
Skriware S.A. is a Polish company operating in the EdTech industry. Its flagship product is the SkriLab educational laboratory based on 3D printing, robotics and programming, using the STEAM teaching method. SkriLab is a solution supporting teachers in engaging students with the subject of classes. Thanks to the platform dedicated to educators, they can easily use modern technologies during lessons: mathematics, nature, physics, geography, biology, chemistry, technology, computer science, as well as in early school education. SkriLab helps children develop the skills required on the labor market in the 21st century, such as: critical thinking, creativity, project work, team work and, of course, familiarity with modern technologies. With SkriLab, including educational robots, construction kits, designing own models using modern programming tools and 3D printing, visitors will be able to get acquainted with the company’s stand.
Polish Society of Amateur Astronomers
PTMA (Polish Society of Amateur Astronomers) has existed since 1919 and is the oldest organization of space enthusiasts in Poland and one of the oldest in the world. Members of the Society organize sky shows, systematic observations, astronomical trainings, and produce demonstration and observation devices. There are 9 scientific thematic sections and 19 regional branches in each region of Poland, including Kielce, within the framework of PTMA. At the PTMA stand, you will be able to: observe the Sun through professional telescopes, learn how to make a comet and where the water on Earth came from, as well as see an exhibition of (non) earthly rocks and stones.
Instructors of Kraina Twórczości (Land of Creativity) provide for kindergartens and schools classes on the Cosmic plot with the use of: block robotics, Scratch and Python programming, in which they conducted 3 experiments at the orbital station during the ESA competition. They use as well the 3D printing, in which they sent over 100 Moon Camp projects to the ESA Moon Camp Challenge. In devices called “Laboratories of the Future” instructors of Kraina Twórczości provide lesson concepts, train staff and conduct workshops. They are the Space Ambassador at the Copernicus Science Center. They trained also teachers as part of the Summer School of Space Education. Many attractions await children and youth at the stand of Kraina Twórczości, including: space stories, decorating orbital plates, building a brick lunar rover and an obstacle course for remote control, and designing keychains with space motives.
ODZYSKAJ ŚRODOWISKO FOUNDATION
Since 2011, the Odzyskaj Środowisko Foundation has been working to promote ecology, popularise the idea of recycling and raise public awareness in the field of proper handling of used electrical and electronic equipment. Educational campaigns conducted as part of the nationwide Electric Waste project include workshops, webinars and conferences as well as more non-standard activities in the form of setting up recycled city apiaries and unique trash art. At the Foundation's stand, there will be a show of rovers built with the use of electro-waste organised. Visitors will also find out how recycled apiaries are made and what trash art is. There will also be an opportunity to see an exhibition of a collection of recycled artworks.
EDUKIDO is a unique program of educational activities with blocks for children from 3 to 12 years old. It fills the gap that makes learning at school difficult - it gives practical tasks and practical skills, all under the most favorable conditions for learning - while having fun! EDUKIDO is something more than typical extra-curricular activities - it covers thematically with school activities, but also goes far beyond their scope. EDUKIDO supports the comprehensive acquisition of knowledge and skills useful during lessons at school, but its aim is, above all, the development of children in a holistic way. This way children can both gain knowledge, and shape their personality and learn social life. Each of the children visiting the EDUKIDO stand will be able to draw one of the tasks - "challenges" to be built and start the work using their creativity and imagination.
AGH Space Systems
AGH Space Systems is a student construction team at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, dealing with the development of space industry technologies. Their activity is focused on the creation of sounding rockets, the development of the Mars rover project and conducting various research using stratospheric balloons. During the ERC event, AGH Space Systems will present the operation of autonomous mobile robots called ROSbots – manufactured by a polish company – Husarion, and talk about the process of building a rocket and a Mars rover. At their stand you will be able to find out, among others: what elements the individual structures consist of, how is the rocket launch planned and what research experiments in the stratosphere look like. It will be also possible to control yourself mobile robots whose task is to test solutions implemented in the Mars rover.
EPFL Xplore is a space robotics project from EPFL Switzerland. Its aim is to build planetary rovers for space mission simulations as part of international competitions. In addition to the educational aspect of these competitions, EPFL Xplore team participates in lunar research projects in collaboration with the EPFL Space Center on lunar communications, localization and mobility (aerial and lunar). Team will present their project to ERC guests through some of their rover technical parts, videos, 3D reproductions of the Mars Yard and potentially the Argos Rover used in the ERC2021. Audience would be able to control also rover and try to grasp objects and place them at a specific location.
Halo Wiedza – mobile planetarium
The Halo Wiedza - mobile planetarium shares on amateur scientific level issues of broadly understood cosmology and astronomy, and this year invites whole families and teachers of all levels of education to the films "Polaris" and "Explorer". Film stories, broadcasted in 3D technology on the screen of the dome, will bring the ERC audience closer to the phenomenon of the aurora borealis, the structure of Jupiter's icy rings and will take you back to the times of the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt, which were among the first trying to explain the mysteries of the cosmos. It will be also a good opportunity to learn Kepler's Laws in practice and how to safely reach the orbiting International Space Station.
Almukantarat Astronomical Club
Almukantarat Astronomical Club is a registered association with the statutory goal to develop interests in astronomy and related sciences, especially among young people. The Association organizes summer camps and mid-year meetings where theoretical lectures on astronomy as well as sky observations are conducted. These meetings not only concentrate on learning, but also on resting in beautifully situated Polish towns. The stand of the Almukantarat Astronomical Club will provide the ERC audience with planetology and astronomy with elements of the history of the conquest of space and technology in an interesting way. In addition, each visitor to the stand will be able to make their own miniature planet.
Mars Society Polska
Mars Society Polska (MSP) is an independent branch of The Mars Society, which creates a global network of Martian organizations focused on the idea of research, exploration and colonization of Mars. MSP has been active since 1999. It focuses on developing its own projects and cooperation with other organizations in Poland and abroad. In the initial period, the main effort of MSP was placed on the development of the Martian MPV pressurized vehicle project for the competition organized by The Mars Society. MSP initiated and supported the first architectural projects of Martian bases in Poland. Members and associates of MSP participated in the Red Rover Goes to Mars competition and the Spirit and Opportunity Mars rover control program (at JPL in the US), in analog missions at MDRS and Flashline Arctic Research Station. They took an active part in supporting actions for Poland's accession to the European Space Agency and the establishment of the Polish Space Agency. Actions taken by MSP increased, among the students at Polish universities, the popularity of Mars rovers construction and participation in international competitions. Already in 2007, one of the MSP members designed and built simple models of planetary robots AMPB 1.0 and AMPB 2.0. They inspired the team to construct a robot and as a first Polish team Skarabeusz (MSP + PW) take part in the URC Mars rover competition in 2009. In 2010 the Magma rover (MSP + PB) won the 3rd place, and in 2011 the Magma2 rover (MSP + PB) won the URC competition. Since then, teams from Polish universities have dominated these competitions. They regularly win or take places on the podium. After a promotional campaign at universities in 2013, MSP organized the first edition of the European Rover Challenge (ERC) in Poland one year later. Since then, it has been its co-organizer or partner making a significant contribution to the organization of the competition. MSP is responsible for the design and construction of MarsYard and installations required for the ERC tasks. Members of Mars Society Polska are part of the organizational, judging and scientific team. MSP implements and plans further Martian projects and invites everyone who is close to the idea of manned exploration and colonization of Mars to cooperate to visit its stand at the Exhibitors Zone.
Urania is a Polish magazine and Internet portal about space. Astronomy and space is the passion of its authors who include both professionals in this field as well as people interested in the subject. They describe the secrets of the Universe and show scientific discoveries, achievements in space flights as well as the development of the Polish space industry. They also run their YouTube channel, Urania TV. In the ERC Exhibitors' Zone, representatives of Urania will conduct, among others: demonstrations of the volcanic eruption model and "colored geysers", as well as observations of the Sun through a telescope.
Poznan University of Technology
Poznań University of Technology is one of the leading technical universities in Poland. Currently, it is dynamically developing with regard to research and education in the field of space technologies. As part of the development, investments in infrastructure and equipment are carried out at the Kąkolewo airport where laboratories related to sky observation, satellite transmission and space robotics are being created. At its stand, Poznań University of Technology will present achievements in the field of rocket propulsion, robotic telescopes, electric propulsion used in space, satellite transmission and robotics. The shows will be held with the use of hardware platforms and based on multimedia materials.
EUSPA – European Union Agency for the Space Programme
Space is essential to the way we live, work and play. EUSPA’s core mission is to implement the EU Space Programme and to provide reliable, safe and secure space-related services, maximising their socio-economic benefits for European society and business. By fostering the development of innovative and competitive upstream and downstream sectors and engaging with the entire EU Space community, EUSPA is driving innovation-based growth in the European economy and contributing to the safety of EU citizens and the security of the Union and its Member States, while at the same time reinforcing the EU’s strategic autonomy. At the EUSPA information stand, you will be able to find out about the agency's activities, its mission and possibilities of obtaining financing support for companies and space projects.
SpaceTeam AGH is a science club established on the initiative of the Space Technology Center, AGH University of Science and Technology. It brings together students passionate about space technologies and resources. Their goal is to develop the space industry and delve into its resources. At its booth, SpaceTeam AGH will present the lunar regolith conveyor project, which won second place worldwide, and first place in Europe, at an international competition organized by the Colorado School of Mines. The ERC audience will have the opportunity to take a closer look at the innovative design appreciated by the judges, learn about the conditions on the Moon and what makes regolith so difficult to transport.
Polish MIRORES consortium, established by the Institute of Geological Sciences of Polish Academy of Sciences, Space Research Center of Polish Academy of Sciences, SKA Polska Sp. z o.o., and the European Space Foundation is developing a spectrometer working in far infrared spectrum. The instrument is to be used for prospection of space resources on the Moon, Mars and large asteroids. It allows searching for metal ores useful in the future economic activity in space, such as ilmenite, troilite or pyrite. They include oxygen, titanium, iron sulfur and helium-3 that can be used for production of fuels, energy, structures or in the artificial life support systems. The earth version of the instrument is mounted on a drone and allows prospecting for new ore deposits in desert or polar areas. The service is already drawing attention of partners from Germany, Luxembourg, Estonia and Poland. At the MIRORES stand, you will learn more about the project and the partners of the consortium.
Edu4Industry provides teaching and research stands to schools and technical universities. Company specializes in industrial automation, mechatronics and robotics. Thanks to their systems, it is possible to conduct experimental research faster and better educate future engineers. At the Edu4Industry stand, you will be able to see a robot-dog and a mobile manipulator - a wheeled robot with a robotic arm mounted on it. In addition, company representatives will present several examples of teaching stands for various topics.
New Tech 7570 Youth Robot Team. New Technology Technical College
The New Tech 7570 team and the New Technology Technical College have been taking part in ERC competitions with great success for three years. It is the youngest team in the tournament and the only one representing a high school. The activity of New Tech 7570 focuses on two priorities: the promotion and development of youth robotics, especially the international FIRST Robotics Competition among primary and secondary school children and youth, and the development of STEAM education and soft skills among young people by encouraging school management and bodies to introduce innovation education in the field of robotics, technology, computer science. At the New Tech 7570 stand visitors will be able to see robots that were entirely conceived, constructed and programmed by this youth robotics team. After a short training, anyone willing will be able to control them on their own.
RoverOva – Technical University of Ostrava
RoverOva is a team of students from VSB - Technical University of Ostrava in Czech Republic. The team has many years of experience with mobile robotics and has competed four times in the European Rover Challenge. At RoverOva’s stand will be presented various mechanical, design solutions and their rover's capabilities. Visitors will be able to test also their rover operating skills in a simulated environment with real control interfaces. The simulated tasks will include driving through terrain, moving the arm, pushing buttons, opening doors and drawers, and grasping objects.
ITU Rover Team – Istanbul Technical University
The ITU Rover Team consists of 64 students studying at ITU, as a part of the robotics club working for development of robots in different fields. The team has been developing rovers since 2016. They have participated in the ERC twice (2018, 2021). Last year, ITU Rover Team came 2nd in the general ranking of ERC competition and got the special award in the maintenance task. On ITU Rover Team’s stand will carry out promotional activities of their school, team and country. At the same time, they will organize activities for children and young people connected to space and robotics with an interesting and entertaining stand setup.
Team Rabyte is an association that promotes learning through experience. Its goal is to create an organization for young people passionate about robotics, who will use the knowledge gathered together to compete in robotics competitions. Team Rabyte organizes robotics clubs in high schools, local clubs of enthusiasts and supports new technologies in the field of mechanics and promotion. At the Team Rabyte Team’s stand will be presented robots built by members of the association and you will learn also about the potential of a robot that took part in the First Robotics Competition in US. And children will be able to play with a ball and robot, or a dodgeball with a robot.
City of Kielce
Kielce – capital of the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship, a city located in the Świętokrzyskie Mountains with attractive landscape values, an economic, academic, cultural, sports and tourist center, Host City #ERC2022. Kielce is located in a unique natural and historical area of the Świętokrzyski Geopark, which was included in the UNESCO World Geopark Network in 2021. Almost 67% of the city's area is green, and all of the protected areas constitute over 62% of the city's area. A large part of it is located within the Chęciny-Kielce Landscape Park. The cooperative booth will present Kielce City Hall and municipal institutions - the Energy Science Center at the Kielce Technology Park (on Friday, September 9), the Electrical School Complex (Saturday, September 10) and the IT School Complex (on Sunday, September 11). Kielce Technology Park (KPT) is an innovative and creative place, cooperating with entrepreneurs from all over Poland and abroad. The Energy Science Center (ECN) as a department of the Kielce Technology Park promotes science among the local community through self-experimentation at the "Energy" exhibition and in the "Power Generator" laboratory. At the ECN stand, KTP will present educational robots - ozobots and photons, which are used during workshops at the Energy Science Center. Visitors of the stand will be asked to solve the quiz using the appropriate programming of the robots. The quiz will be related to the subject of Mars rovers. The Complex of Electrical Schools and the Complex of IT Schools are modern schools offering the most desirable fields of study, such as IT technician and programmer. During ERC2022, they will show how much fun gives building robots. The demonstrations will be based on the Lego systems of bricks purchased under the project "High-quality qualifications and internships as the key to success in the IT industry".
Where can I find more information about the agenda?
The regularly updated, detailed information about the agenda – the Inspiration Zone, competitions and workshops – will be available in the VISITORS and ABOUT THE ERC -> INSPIRATION ZONE tabs on our website. We also invite you to follow the ERC profiles on social media.
How can I participate in the event?
Basically, you can participate in two ways: on-site and online. If you come to Kielce (Poland), you will be able to see experiments, interactive shows and presentations prepared by our exhibitors as well as take part in mini workshops. You will be also able to see the Mars Yard up close, spectate the competition and listen to debates in the main hall. If you can't come to Poland, you can watch the livestream on our website to follow the competition progress, listen to passionate debates and presentations of our speakers. The livestream will be provided exclusively in English.
Is the admission to the event free?
Yes! Participation in all attractions, livestreams, shows, lectures, workshops and debates are free of charge. You can use cash though to buy gadgets, posters or books at the on-site exhibitors’ stands.