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2017-02-23 - 2017 "Jugend forscht" competition: winners announced

Elated winners: ten first place winners from “Jugend forscht” and "Schüler experimentieren" move on to the Bavarian state competitions in Vilsbiburg and Dingolfing.

Ten young researchers qualified for the Bavarian state competitions

Ten young researchers from the alpine upland qualified in "Jugend forscht" and "Schüler experimentieren" for the state competitions in Vilsbiburg and Dingolfing. Four out of a total of 48 projects earned first place in the regional competitions sponsored by HOERBIGER. In addition to the regional victories, the judges presented 41 additional awards to the participants.

In 2017, a total of 86 young researchers participated with 48 projects in the competitions in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. “We are thrilled with your commitment, your abilities, your joy. And more importantly – this is also about appreciation for what you have created. We want to express this appreciation to you, especially during this ceremony,” said Thomas Englmann, a member of the Executive Board, during the award ceremony.

Thomas Englmann: “I’m delighted to see that, in your generation as well, there are young, creative people with ideas who are open to veering off the beaten path to shape an even better future.”

Two winning projects in the "Jugend forscht" category

In the "Jugend forscht" category, two projects and five junior scientists qualified for participation in the Bavarian state competition. Both projects come from the mathematics/IT field.

Marie Luise Szubert (18) and Natalie Bestler (17) from Marien preparatory school in Kaufbeuren won first prize for their “evacuation simulation.” The project is about simulating a fire alarm at school. The goal is to find the best possible escape routes to get students to the outside as quickly as possible in the event of a fire. The two girls used a graph for this purpose, which exactly depicts what happens in which areas of the school building during an evacuation. The program is represented mathematically and visually and is reality-based. The students used the Marien preparatory school in Kaufbeuren as their model.

The three preparatory school students from Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Paul Gschwendtner (16), Benedikt Schmid (17) and Paul Thiel (16), won the judges over with their “Class schedule app.” The three created an app that allows students to have changes to the schedule for their classes sent to their smartphone. This way, they know before coming to school which classes are canceled, postponed or held by other teachers. To have greater flexibility, all data is transmitted to a particular end point, where the data is stored and encrypted.

Two winning projects in the "Schüler experimentieren" category

In the "Schüler experimentieren" category, five participants with a total of two projects from the technology field took first place in various disciplines, advancing to the Bavarian state competition.

One of the two winning projects is a memory game, which was developed by two students from Schongau’s Welfen preparatory school. Regina Schmid and her partner Louisa Holderried, both 14 years old, created this game in which a melody with high and low sounds is played, which participants must duplicate. If the player correctly replays the sounds, he or she receives a reward. An error is indicated by a tone.

Cedrick Steiert, Thomas Heim (both 13) and Samuel Fäßler (14) hcreated a robot that can prepare crêpes at the push of a button. This earned them first place. They assembled six Lego Mindstorm sets and two crêpes plates, and built a stable frame made of premium wood and purchased bottles, hoses and other utensils to allow the batter to flow onto the crêpes plates. They learned that it takes the batter approximately 45 seconds to turn into a golden-brown and smooth crêpe.

All regional prize winners will participate in the Bavarian state competitions, which will be held from April 3 to 5 in Vilsbiburg for "Jugend forscht" and May 4 to 5 in Dingolfing for "Schüler experimentieren." The competitions will culminate in the national finals in Erlangen, where the young researchers will showcase their projects for four days starting on May 25. The highlight of the event will be the award ceremony on May 28.

"HOERBIGER has been a sponsor of "Jugend forscht" and "Schüler experimentieren" for 13 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.

Thomas Englmann added: “We at HOERBIGER know how important it is to be innovative in order to be able to offer technical know-how and outstanding products and solutions. We are successful because we are a technology leader in our field. One of our four corporate values is ‘Pioneering Spirit.’ This value focuses on discovering new things. It only makes sense that we are looking for and want to support tomorrow’s researchers – you.”

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