Festo Didactic, part of the Festo Group, is a world-leading service provider of technical training at various levels. The company's product and service portfolio offers customers end-to-end solutions for all areas of technology in industrial automation, such as pneumatics, hydraulics, electrics, electronics, mechatronics, CNC machinery, energy efficiency, mobility, renewable energy, industrial maintenance, HVAC and telecommunications. Festo Didactic designs and implements learning systems, learning environments, laboratories, training sites, e-learning solutions, training programs, and even entire training centers that systematically prepare learners for dynamic and complex tasks in industrial settings. The company strives to achieve the best success rates in schools and training centers and ensure budding industrial workers across the globe gain skills for life.

Although Festo Didactic usually focuses on adult education, the German company has now chosen HANNOVER MESSE 2018 to demonstrate a solution specifically designed with young future engineers in mind. As part of its Bionics4Education initiative, the training specialist has created the practical Bionics Kit with components for three different animal robots - a bionic fish, a chameleon’s gripper and an elephant’s trunk. The company has produced the experiment kit to spark young people’s interest in bionics as early as possible and thus encourage them to pursue a future career in bionics or another STEM subject. The interdisciplinary kit can be integrated into just about any science-related subject area, whether in school, during project days or at one-off events.