HOERBIGER announces winners in the foothills of the Alps
13 young researchers qualified for the Bavarian state competitions
13 young researchers from the foothills of the Alps qualified in "Jugend forscht" and "Schüler experimentieren" for the state competitions in Vilsbiburg and Dingolfing. Nine out of a total of 57 projects earned first place in the regional competitions sponsored by HOERBIGER. In addition to the regional victories, the judges presented 48 additional awards to the participants. In 2019, a total of 102 young researchers participated in the regional competition in Schongau.
"Once again, I am impressed—by the large number of ideas, the creativity, and the enthusiasm you have demonstrated in the competition," said Dr. Ansgar Damm, Head of Research and Development of HOERBIGER Antriebstechnik GmbH, during the award ceremony in the Schlossberghalle Peiting. "Coming up with these kinds of ideas requires looking at the world with open eyes and identifying its challenges, contradictions and shortcomings. This basic attitude is reflected in the motto of this year's competition," Dr. Damm emphasized: "Don't ask me—Ask yourself!"
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. The projects come from the areas of work environment, biology, mathematics/computer science, and technology.
The two 16-year-olds Lukas Straub and Samuel Fäßler, who both attend the Lindenberg preparatory school, impressed the judging panel with their motorized, all-terrain wheelchair chassis also suitable for use during wintry conditions. Their project earned them first place in the work environment specialty field.
Simon Steinhilber from the Sonthofen preparatory school also achieved first place in the work environment field. The 16-year-old developed an improved valve protector for scuba tanks to help keep divers safe during cold water dives.
André Stapelfeldt (16) from Penzberg emerged as the winner in the biology field. The student attending the Max-Rill preparatory school in Reichersbeuern analyzed the reproduction of planaria. 15-year-old Hannes Rüger, who attends the Allgäu preparatory school in Kempten, earned first price in the mathematics/computer science specialty field for this web application "AGM Tools—a platform for student collaboration."
Lukas Döllerer is a 17-year-old student attending the Max-Born preparatory school in Germering. His project involved determining the water content of various bulk goods, utilizinga capacitive measuring probe. His measurements and computations earned him first price in the technology field.
Four winning projects in the "Schüler experimentieren" category
In the "Schüler experimentieren" category, seven participants with a total of four projects from the specialty fields of work environment, earth and space science, physics and technology took first place, advancing to the Bavarian state competition.
Lea Jordan (14) and Emma Hermann (15) won first prize in the work environment specialized field. The two students from the Max-Born preparatory school in Germering analyzed how effective ear plugs are at various pitches and sound levels.
First place in the earth and space science specialty field went to Korbinian Helm and Maximilian Jeschke (both 15) from Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The two preparatory school students conducted a study regarding air quality and the factors that influence it.
The two students from Schongau's Welfengymnasium preparatory school Leon Braunegger (11) and Emma Heck (12) explored the question as to why jam sandwiches always land on the jam side when the fall off the table. Their results made them winners in the physics field.
Ilja Dretser was rewarded with first place in the technology field. The 14-year-old student attending the Max-Born preparatory school in Germering won the judges over by building a simple binary adder.
All regional prize winners will participate in the Bavarian state competitions, which will be held from April 1 to 3 in Vilsbiburg for "Jugend forscht" and on April 11 and 12 in Dingolfing for "Schüler experimentieren." The competitions will culminate in the national finals in Chemnitz. Starting on May 16, 2019, the young researchers will then present their projects from the competitions to the judges, media and public for four days. The highlight of the event will be the award ceremony on May 19.
"HOERBIGER has been a sponsor of "Jugend forscht" and "Schüler experimentieren" for 15 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.
Dr. Ansgar Damm added: "Germany thrives on a high level of education, a high industrial and social standard, and the creativity of the citizens. If we want to permanently keep up in the presently prevailing global competition, we have to develop our young talent early and intensively." HOERBIGER has recognized this need. As a result, the company has organized the regional competitions of "Jugend forscht" and "Schüler experimentieren" in the foothills of the Alps on a regular basis since 2005.