Press releases | Education 18.06.2013

Launch of 2014 student competition in math, science, and technology

“Rethinking energy – start shaping the future” is the mandate for this year’s Siemens Stiftung student competition. Students from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and German schools throughout Europe have until November 15, 2013, to submit their ideas and visions. The projects are then evaluated at TU Berlin, TU Munich, and RWTH Aachen. Winners and their faculty mentors will receive cash prizes totaling some 100,000 euros.

The realization of an efficient and environmentally friendly energy supply is one of the defining challenges of the 21st century, presenting a series of technological, economic, and social hurdles. Participating in the 2014 student competition gives young people the opportunity to contribute their own ideas toward making this monumental project succeed.

“Young people are very interested in the environment, climate, and how the Earth will look in 40 years”, notes Christa Mühlbauer, who directs the student competition project at the Siemens Stiftung. “The special attraction of the student competition is that the students, through their research, can do something positive for their own futures.”

The Siemens Stiftung 2014 student competition in math, science, and technology is open to secondary school students in Germany (grades 10 and up), Austria (upper-level grades 6 and up), Switzerland (secondary level II), and at German schools elsewhere in Europe (grades 10 and up). The young contestants, mentored by faculty members at their school, are called upon to formulate a specific research question and develop a thorough response.

It is a multi-stage process: From all submissions, the five best individuals or teams from each partner university are chosen to present their work at semi-finals at RWTH Aachen, TU Berlin, and TU Munich. The jury of scientists then decides which nine teams from the semi-finals will advance to the final round on March 29–31, 2014.

The students’ prize money is earmarked for higher education, and the faculty mentors receive money for their departments. The winning students are also invited to special university events and can take part in a tutoring program to help smooth their transition into higher education. The Siemens Stiftung alumni program provides a lively forum in which veterans of the student competition can network and collaborate on activities with their peers.

Registration for the 2014 student competition closes on November 15, 2013. Papers must be submitted by January 15, 2014.

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About the student competition
The annual Siemens Stiftung student competition in math, science and technology is open to upper-level secondary grade levels in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and at German schools elsewhere in Europe. The competition gives the young students an opportunity to become actively involved in current social policy challenges. The Siemens Stiftung has partnered with the esteemed universities RWTH Aachen, TU Berlin and TU Munich to ensure the scientific quality of project submissions. Another key concern is that the participants receive long-term support. The Siemens Stiftung helps the talented young students define their own future through earmarked prize money, information seminars at the partner universities and tutors who provide individual college counseling. As of 2011, the Siemens Stiftung student competition is also a member of Germany’s National Consortium of Student Competitions (Arbeitsgemeinschaft der bundesweiten Schülerwettbewerbe), and has been officially recommended by Germany’s Conference of State Education Ministers since 2012.

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