The Mars rover constructed by students of our University and the Photon educational robot developed by BUT graduates were presented at the 2017 Hanover Fair, the world’s largest event of this type in the business sector. This year, Poland is the partner country of the Fair.

Between 24 and 28 April, about 200 Polish firms presented themselves and their products. A special Polish stand of approx. 1200 m2 was officially opened by the Polish Prime Minister, Beata Szydlo, and the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, on the first day of the event.

During the opening, the Photon – educational robot constructed by BUT graduates and employees – was shown. Photon is the winner of the Polish final of the prestigious Imagine Cup competition organised by the Microsoft company. Photon is a robot that helps children to develop logical thinking, discover new technologies, and take their first steps in the world of programming. In order for Photon to enter the market, the designers of the robot had started the Photon Entertainment firm. ‘At the beginning of April, representatives of the firm signed a contract with the MAC Publishing Group from Kielce, Poland. Thanks to this, an extended version of the robot is going to be created soon and children will be able to use it during their lessons at schools. Photon has been invited to Hanover by the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development and by the National Centre for Research and Development’, said Marcin Joka, President of Photon Entertainment.

Another invention representing our University – the RED Mars rover created by students from the Student Research Circle of Robotics Engineers – had been invited to the Fair by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. The Ministry decided to show some of the projects co-financed under the ‘Best of the Best’ programme. Jaroslaw Gowin, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Science and Higher Education, opened the Polish SciTechPoland technological stand. ‘The Mars rover was very popular among the visitors and other exhibitors, including our neighbours’, reported Pawel Turycz, student of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. The #next team of Mars rover constructors was represented by Pawel Turycz, Lukasz Mierzejewski, and Krzysztof Zalewski.

A photo of the opening ceremony with the participation of the Prime Minister B. Szydlo, courtesy of and used with permission of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister (source: CPM)


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