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Jugend forscht regional competition
4/8/2022 |News

New Hooves, Everlasting Bubbles and Little Help from Robot Friends

In a nutshell:

  •  74 pupils with a total of 49 projects took part in the 'Jugend forscht' Emsland regional competition
  • In Bremen, 84 participants dealt with 48 projects
  • ROSEN supported the competition in Emsland for the tenth time and in Bremen for the second time
  • Colleagues from various fields strengthened the jury of both competitions and awarded special prizes for creativity and innovation

Already since 2013, the ROSEN Group has been supporting the competition 'Jugend forscht', which is dedicated to the promotion of young scientists, and its related competition 'Schüler experimentieren' on a regional level in Lingen (Ems). Since 2021, we have been involved in supporting the competition in Bremen. For particularly innovative and creative projects, we award two special prizes each year for 'Schüler experimentieren' and 'Jugend forscht' in the regional competitions. This year's competition theme was 'Zufällig Genial' (Coincidentally Ingenious). As in the previous year, the competition and award ceremonies were held virtually again.

On February 24, 2022, 74 children and young people presented a total of 49 projects at this year's 'Jugend forscht' regional competition in Lingen (Ems). Seven of our colleagues were part of the jury team and awarded two special prizes each in the categories 'Innovation' and 'Creativity'.

In line with this year's event motto, the children and young people were delighted to receive a ROSEN special prize, the game 'Einfach Genial' (Simply Ingenious).

Here you can find an overview of our award winners in Lingen (Ems):

Schüler experimentieren

Spezial Prize for Innovation

The Upcycling Horseshoe by Lilly Mia Feist (Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Gymnasium, Osnabrück)
Mia manufactures an improved horseshoe from waste materials. Her inspiration are jogging shoes with rubber soles, which are supposed to allow the horse to run comfortably. To do this, the junior scientist uses old car tires as a tread layer and is researching a liquid that sets quickly and lasts a long time as an adhesive. Mia's vision is to find an alternative to the farrier.

Spezial Prize for Creativity

Experiment on the development of artificial gills by Hendrik Drees, Bennet Kater, Noah Julius Mammes (Gymnasium Marianum, Meppen)
Driven by their commitment to the DLRG, the three young researchers want to use their experiments to find a membrane that makes it possible to breathe underwater. Despite the fact that the research is still in its early stages, the approach and topic identification impressed.

Jugend forscht

Spezial Prize for Innovation

Semi-autonomous vehicle 2.0 by Tobias Mezger, Janis Trentmann (Ratsgymnasium Osnabrück)
The team built a semi-autonomous vehicle that follows a line and detects objects in its path. It is based on the LEGO Spike Prime and was programmed with Python. The team's goal was to make the vehicle theoretically roadworthy to show that autonomous driving can become a part of the near future.

Spezial Prize for Creativity

Analysis of various factors influencing the hologram quality by Anton Lenze (Gymnasium Carolinum, Osnabrück)
Anton has investigated various factors influencing the interference pattern in a two-beam interferometer. To carry out the project, the teenage tinkerer built a double-beam interferometer with the help of LEGO parts.

What about Bremen?

At the end of March, the 84 participants presented their total of 48 projects at the 'Jugend forscht' competition in Bremen. ROSEN was part of the jury and also offered special prizes for 'Creativity' and 'Innovation' here. The winners received the above-mentioned game.

Here you can find an overview of our award winners in Bremen:

Schüler experimentieren

In Bremen's 'Schüler experimentieren' section, Lena Ahmed (10), Lenja Jaschin (9) and Milan Bergunde (11) tackled the question of how to build a robot that can help sow vegetables in the garden. To do this, the three built a robot out of LEGO Mindstorms. They received the special prize for Innovation for this idea.

Simon Schiebel (14) thought of using the vibration energy of his bicycle to charge the batteries of his bicycle lights. To do this, he built a prototype using a 3D printer and validated his approach with a sophisticated testing method. This idea won the ROSEN Group's special prize for Creativity.

Leif Runge (10) also received a special prize for Creativity with his sustainable idea of making paper from leaves in order to bypass the not always environmental friendly process of producing recycled paper. In doing so, he showed promising approaches.

Rebekka Behrmann (10) worked on the question of how to produce particularly stable soap bubbles and experimented with various ingredients. She paid particular attention to environmentally friendly materials. For her work, Rebekka was awarded the special prize for Innovation.

Jugend forscht

In the 'Jugend forscht' category, Maarten Behn (18), Tim Jaeschke (19) and Yesenja Möhring (19) addressed the interesting question of how to effectively present 3D models in conference systems. Especially in times when working from different locations is increasing, this is an important question for collaboration in system development. For their efforts, the three were awarded the special prize for Innovation.

Svenja Paulsen (17) asked herself how she could optimize underwater vehicles hydrodynamically using a scale skin based on a biological example.  To this end, she examined various test objects with printed scales from the 3D printer at different flow speeds in a pull tank and was able to observe significant increases in effectiveness. We awarded Svenja the special prize for Innovation for this idea.

Leonie Sophie Prigge (16) examined birds' nests to see how much plastic is used as nesting material today. To do this, she examined nests at various locations and drew attention to the problem of the distribution of plastic waste in nature. The use of creative measurement methods and approaches in her work earned her the special prize for Creativity.

The work of Linus Preusser (17) was about learning different motion sequences of mobile robots by so-called reinforcement learning. In a creative mixture of learning in the simulation and with the real model, walking patterns for the four-legged crawling robot were successfully learned and applied. Linus received the special prize for Creativity for this work.

About the competition
'Jugend forscht' is Germany's most popular competition for young scientists. The aim is to get young people excited about mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology, and to find and promote talented young people. There are 120 competitions nationwide each year. Young people from the 4th grade up to the age of 21 can take part. Those who want to take part have to choose an interesting topic for their research project. The winners can look forward to attractive prizes. You can find more information here.

'Schüler experimentieren' is the junior section of the Jugend forscht competition. All young researchers who are no older than 14 on December 31 of the registration year can take part here. You can find more information here.

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