Exciting experiments at the University of Kassel: young researchers awarded in the first state competition "Schüler experimentieren" (pupils experiment)
The event at the Department of Electrical Engineering/Computer Science at the University of Kassel (located at Wilhelmshöher Allee) was very popular. The winners were chosen in seven disciplines: physics, mathematics/computer science, the world of work, technology, chemistry, biology as well as geosciences and spatial sciences. Each of the first prizes has a worth of 150 euros.
"It is important to support young people at an early age with independent research work in order to motivate them to study MINT," said Prof. Dr. René Matzdorf, Vice President of University Kassel. The so-called MINT subjects include mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology.
"The University of Kassel is committed to sustainably promoting young talent in the MINT field," said Prof. Dr. Axel Bangert, Dean of the Department of Electrical Engineering/Computer Science. "'Pupils experiment' is an important contribution to this."
Laurin Wiedemann (13) from the Erich-Kästner-Schule in Bürstadt won the first prize in the category "Working World" for his project "Is the tube really empty? He investigated the question of why toothpaste tubes empty so quickly. The first prize in the category "Biology" went to Friedrich Krausgrill (10), Paul WIkiera (11) and Jannis Mikscha (11) from the Rabanus-Maurus-Schule in Fulda for the project "Henriette in the Skinnerbox - A chicken learns". They investigated the learning ability of chickens. In the category "Chemistry" Isha Noreen Ahmad (14) and Atka Kareem (14) from the Ernst-Reuter-Schule in Dietzenbach won the first prize for the topic "Cayacrylate - a hot substance".
Winner in the category "Geosciences and Spatial Sciences" was Mia Bäumer (14) from the Kopernikusschule Freigericht. She determined the mass of the planet Jupiter. Finn Bender (14) and Florian Meyer (14) from Schuldorf Bergstraße, Seeheim-Jugenheim won the first prize for "Mathematics/Computer Science" with a project for the popular parlour game "Vier gewinnt". They wrote a program that develops strategies for the game. Daniel Homburg (13) and Mirja Sophie Thieme (13) from TU Darmstadt won the first prize in the category "Technology" for the project "Robotalk", a robot that masters sign language to communicate with deaf people.
The first prize in the category “physics” remained in Kassel. Jason Luke von Juterczenka (13) from the Schülerforschungszentrum Kassel won it for his project "Investigation of a Chaos Pendulum Using the Local Area". He also won the special prize for the "best creative work" of the Hessian Ministry of Culture.
Participants in the competition who qualified as the best in the seven regional competitions in Hesse for the state competition worked on projects on questions of their own choice. They initially presented their results to a competition jury in the form of a written paper. An oral presentation and a questioning by a jury of experts followed the competition itself. In addition, the young researchers designed a stand where they presented their research results to the public.
Prof. Dr. Axel Bangert
University of Kassel
Dean of Faculty 16 Electrical Engineering/Computer Science
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