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Stuttgart Kids University

Every semester, the University of Stuttgart and the University of Hohenheim present lectures for children between the ages of 8 and 12.

Why not get acquainted with the university in childhood? The Kids University makes it possible. In lectures lasting one hour on average, professors answer exciting knowledge questions. Since 2007/2008, both universities offer one or two lectures per semester for children in the 8-12 age bracket.

Kids Uni for the summer semester 2017

LEDs and lasers – special lights from crystals

Friday May 19, 2017, 4.00pm, auditorium 53.01
Dr. Michael Jetter
Institute for Semiconductor Optics and Functional Interfaces
University of Stuttgart

Dr. Michael Jetter
Dr. Michael Jetter

When we switch on a light in a room, it is usually created by a crystal in an LED (light-emitting diode). Even Luke Skywalker in Star Wars had a crystal in his lightsaber, which created a strong light, a laser beam. These laser beams are also used to enable us to chat to our friends on the internet. What must a crystal have to be able to emit light? What is the difference between an LED and a laser? What can we do with these different kinds of lights? At this event, Dr. Michael Jetter, Ulrich Schneider and Roman Bek will answer these questions using lots of exciting experiments.

For the lecture, Auditorium 53.01 at the University of Stuttgart’s Vaihingen campus is reserved for children only. Accompanying adults can watch it on video from the adjoining Auditorium 47.02  The auditoriums are located at Pfaffenwaldring 53, Vaihingen.

For anyone who misses out on tickets, here is a small consolation: The lectures at the University of Stuttgart are streamed live on the internet and then stored as a downloadable video.

Please note:  So that we can carry the lectures live over the Internet and make them available for downloading, we position cameras in the auditorium. They are set up to show the children only from the back, i.e., so that they are not identifiable. Only in case children turn around or lend the professor a hand up front may they be recognizable. We also take still photos on which the children – possibly along with other young students – may be identifiable. These stills can also be called up later on the Internet.

To stream the live transmission requires a data transfer rate of at least 1.5 Mbit/s. Streaming starts on the respective day of the event at 4 pm.



Online registration for the summer semester starts on April 25, 2017.

Register for Kids University

Two seats per registration may be booked for any given date. If your sign-up is successful, you will be able to download the seat reservation confirmation directly. Please print out and bring it to the lecture.

Getting there

To reach the University of Stuttgart's Vaihingen campus:

Campus map

By public transit
S-Bahn: Lines S1, S2, S3
From the "Hauptbahnhof", "Stadtmitte" or "Feuersee" stations, take S-Bahn lines S1, S2 or S3 in direction Vaihingen, Flughafen, Filderstadt or Herrenberg and get off at the "Universität" station.
Bus: Linien 82, 84, 92 bis Haltestelle "Universität".

By car
Take Autobahn A 831 from Stuttgarter Kreuz toward "Stuttgart-Zentrum," to the  "Universität" exit.
Please use the parking lot behind the buildings located at Pfaffenwaldring 7/9.

Summer semester 2016
Winter semester 2015/16
Summer semester 2015
Winter semester 2014/15

The Kids Universities of the last few years covered many exciting topics. Here you will find an overview and videos of the lectures.


University of Hohenheim

Saturday, July 8 2017, 11am

Prof. Dr. Mareike Schoop
University of Hohenheim, Garbenstr. 30, Auditorium B1
The events take place in Auditorium B1 at the University of Hohenheim. It is exclusively for the children’s use. Accompanying adults can watch the video transmission in Auditorium B3. See more information on the University of Hohenheim Kids University web page.

Source: YouTube


A joint initiative with our partners at the Stuttgarter Zeitung, the University of Hohenheim and the Initiative for the Advancement of Gifted Children e.V. We sincerely thank Stuttgart Student Services for its support of the Hohenheim-Stuttgart Kids University.


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