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2016-02-25 - Jugend forscht competition:

HOERBIGER announces winners in the foothills of the Alps

Eleven young researchers qualified for the Bavarian state competitions. Eleven young researchers from the alpine upland qualified in "Jugend forscht" and "Schüler experimentieren" for the state competitions in Munich and Dingolfing. Nine out of a total of 64 projects earned first place in the regional competition sponsored by HOERBIGER. In addition to the regional victories, the judges presented 38 additional awards to the participants.

In 2016, a total of 107 young researchers participated with 64 projects in the competitions in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. "I have utmost respect for the dedication and persistence with which the participants faced the challenges of their projects," Götz Kwittner, Head of Solutions and Programs of HOERBIGER Antriebstechnik GmbH, emphasized during the award ceremony, adding: "The young researchers must have patience, be extremely intelligent and, above all, also be able to handle setbacks to successfully complete a project."

Addressing the winners, he said: "With your inventions, you have managed to assert yourself as pioneers. Just like HOERBIGER." The company continues to set standards with the unique selling propositions of its products, which is why research plays an important role in the company. Kwittner added: "HOERBIGER can only exist if employees develop new and better products on a regular basis. For this, we need curious and persevering natural scientists and technology aficionados like you."

Five winning projects in the "Jugend forscht" category

In the "Jugend forscht" category, five projects and six junior scientists qualified for participation in the Bavarian state competition.

Natalie Bestler (16) and Marie Luise Szubert (17), two students from Marien preparatory school in Kaufbeuren, earned first place in the mathematics/information science field for their simulation of a fire drill. Their project involves simulating a fire drill as realistically as possible in order to improve existing escape routes. The goal is to test whether all students and teachers of a school are able to leave the school building in the specified time in the event of a fire alarm. The program is represented not only arithmetically, but also visually. The two girls used Marien preparatory school in Kaufbeuren, including the escape routes provided there, as a model.

Samuel Antz from Füssen won first place in the same field. The project of the 15-year-old related to the topic of "data exchange." Using mathematical formulas, he was looking for, and found, possibilities for securely transporting data from A to B.

Stefan Schneyer from Penzberg prevailed in the physics field. The 18-year-old preparatory school student analyzed power curves in photovoltaic systems. For his project, he carried out partially automated measurements on a photovoltaic module and represented these in daily power curves. Then, he deduced the theoretical power of a fixed solar module based on astronomical influences of the sun and compared it to the practical measurement.

Another first prize in "physics" went to Paula Seifert (17). The preparatory school student from Tutzing found that the sound transmission of gypsum board stud walls on average is seven decibels higher than for comparable brick separating walls. According to the student, this was the reason why considerably more noise was observed in a neighboring room separated by a gypsum board stud wall than in a neighboring room separated by a brick wall.

Hanna Burggraf was victorious in the field of technology. The 17-year-old preparatory school student from Bernried designed a battery management system for electric cars. She developed a hardware concept based on a model featuring small mobile phone rechargeable batteries. She was able to demonstrate its operating principle using complex measuring and control algorithms, which she herself had devised.

Four winning projects in the

"Schüler experimentieren" category

In the "Schüler experimentieren" category, four projects and five participants took first place in various disciplines, advancing to the Bavarian state competition.

Josef Frühschütz-Grüning (13) from Pfaffenwinkel-Realschule Schongau had previously entered the competition in 2015 with "zoom goggles." The latest version of his project, "zoom goggles 2015," this time earned him victory in the "work environment" specialty field.

Laura Sauer (11) and Maren Zwafelink (13) won in the specialty field of geopolitics. In their project, the two students from Ignaz-Kögler preparatory school in Landsberg explored the question of whether the city of Landsberg is ready for demographic changes. They walked through the city center with a rolling walker and checked paths, businesses, restaurants, and public buildings. They documented the results in texts, tables, and map.

First place in the physics field went to the "Efficient heating of water" project. Seeking to heat water as efficiently as possible, 14-year-old Tobias Jaud from Germering tested various methods of heating water in everyday life. At the same time, he examined what influencing factors cause energy to escape from the system unused.

Lukas Muthsam won first prize in the technology field. The 11-year-old from Fuchstal built a machine that clears snow off solar systems in the winter. The device automatically detects the snow, which is then removed with a conveyor belt. To prevent solar cells from becoming damaged or subject to dirt accumulation from the conveyor belt, the belt is also automatically cleaned.

All regional prize winners will participate in the Bavarian state competitions, which will be held on April 4 to 7 in Munich for "Jugend forscht" and April 18 to 19 in Dingolfing for "Schüler experimentieren." The competitions will culminate in the national finals in Paderborn, where the young researchers will showcase their projects for four days starting on May 26. The highlight of the event will be the award ceremony on May 29.

"HOERBIGER has been a sponsor of "Jugend forscht" and "Schüler experimentieren" for twelve years. The company makes an important contribution to promoting Germany as an ideal educational location," said Dr. Stefan Felber, Head of the regional competitions in the foothills of the Alps. Götz Kwittner added: "HOERBIGER's success is based on continuous innovation, which is only possible through talented employees. Our goal is therefore to systematically support junior talent, notably in the field of natural science."

HOERBIGER will continue to support the regional "Jugend forscht" and "Schüler experimentieren" competitions as a sponsor in the alpine upland.

About 'Jugend forscht' (Young Researchers)

For more than 50 years, "Jugend forscht" has supported fostering youth with talents in natural science. The competition is a joint initiative on the part of the German Federal Government, "stern" magazine, industry, and schools in Germany. The supporting organization of the competition is the non-profit 'Stiftung Jugend forscht e.V.', and its Patron is the German Federal President. The competition has two age categories: students up to the age of 14 compete in the junior category "Schüler experimentieren" (Students experiment), and participants up to 21 years of age take part in the category "Jugend forscht" (Young Researchers).