ŠUZA - "From school to science and the academic community"

Students attending the computing workshop at FER     


The popularization of science program “ŠUZA – from school to science and the academic community” is the new official popularization of science program of the University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (FER). The Program is intended for primary and secondary education students and their teachers. Through visits to schools, educational workshops for teachers and events at the Faculty their interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields is encouraged.

FER’s partners in this Program are the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.) and the student association eSTUDENT. The program is developed in cooperation and with the support of the Education and Teacher Training Agency (AZOO) and the Agency for Vocational Education and Training and Adult Education (ASOO).

FER Open Days

On the occasion of the 18th Festival of the University of Zagreb, from November 15th to November 16th, FER Open Days took place at Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing. Vice dean for education, professor Davor Petrinović, Ph.D. gave an introductory lecture through which he presented requirements for enrolment for the next academic year together with general information about the Faculty and its education programme. A short promotional video, filmed by Faculty students, demonstrating what FER's freshmen can expect was shown after the lecture. Visitors could afterwards choose between various activities which included visiting departments and laboratories, practical demonstrations and lectures about popular science.


Vice dean for education, professor Davor Petrinović, Ph.D. is giving an introductory lecture


The introductory lecture


Visitors had the opportunity to see and control humanoid robots, an automated carwash system, a self-balancing unicycle named “Skočko”, an electric car and a tricycle, as well as many smartphone and tablet applications including ones with augmented reality. All visitors could play an optical air guitar, see the world through a thermal camera, compute on analogue computers and try or view many other inventions and technologies developed at the Faculty and presented at the Festival.


An automated carwash system, Department of Electric Machines, Drives and Automation


An electric car exposed in the front of the Faculty


The analogue computers, Department of Applied Computing


Practical demonstrations and laboratory visits gave the opportunity to see a demonstration of wireless energy transfer using a Tesla transformer, how to make objects levitate, antenna measurements inside an anechoic chamber, an unmanned submarine, a renewable energy system and Internet traffic behaviour during MMORPG gaming.

Top Faculty experts gave lectures about science achievements within the Faculty. Visitors were able learn about the beauty of fractals, hear about the latest research achievements in laser and plasma physics, gravity, cosmology, hypernuclear physics, nanoscience, quantum computing, nuclear energetics. They were also thought about the history and philosophy of both physics and science. The Department of Applied Computing presented a system for tracking wolves.


Professor Dubravko Horvat, Ph.D. is giving a lecture about popular science


Many of our most active student organisations: eSTUDENT, IEEE, SUPEUS, BEST, KSET, EESTEC and SUBOS demonstrated that studying at the Faculty is not just about learning, but also a way ofcooperating on many exciting extracurricular activities. There are plenty of activities to choose, from joining one of the Faculties successful sport teams, start-up groups, various competitions or internships to various professional and scientific workgroups, which work on topics like energy efficiency during your studies. The opportunities are certainly vast, while the goals are achieved through unity and fun.


The eSTUDENT information desk


The FER Open Days Organization Team (from left to right): Ivana Pek BSc, 

Neven Drljević MSc, Iva Bojić PhD


Author: Ivana Pek
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