Press releases | Education 22.03.2010

Siemens Stiftung chooses Winners of the Germany-Wide 2010 student competition

The winners of the Siemens Stiftung 2010 student competition have been chosen: In the national finals the team from the Erzbischöfliches Ursulinengymnasium in Cologne with their “Double Layer Capacitor as a Battery Substitute” came first and in second and third place were the Beethoven-Schule in Berlin and the Hans-Thoma-Gymnasium in Lörrach. A total of 350 high school students entered research projects on the topic of “Energy Geniuses of the Future – Ideas for Improved Efficiency”. 102 projects were entered. The Siemens Stiftung held the competition in cooperation with the Aachen, Berlin and Munich universities of technology.

“The creativity shown by the students is incredible,” praised Ulrike Wahl, member of the foundation’s board of directors, in her word of welcome. “We are delighted to be able to contribute to promoting the spirit of investigation and teamwork in schools. The challenges that we will face due to climate change and resource shortages in the future mean we need young, up-and-coming research talents to explore topics of this kind with know-how and commitment.”

A total of nine groups of students qualified in regional heats for the national final that was held at the Siemens Stiftung in Munich. Winning first prize was Katrin Grohn and Monika Nielen from the Erzbischöfliches Ursulinengymnasium in Cologne with their “Double Layer Capacitor as a Battery Substitute”. The two students developed an alternative to a battery and charger as a mobile power supply. They were assisted by their coordinating teacher Raimund Servos.

Second place went to Viola Valentina Vogler from the Beethoven-Schule in Berlin. In her “Guaranteed CO2-Free!” project she investigated how to make the emissions of a single-person household CO2-free with the help of calcium hydroxide. She was assisted here by her teacher Florian Neuling. In his project “Rosehip Tea and Cherry Juice for Green Energy” Stefan Vierke came third. Assisted by his teacher Dr. Bernd Kretschmer at the Hans-Thoma-Gymnasium Lörrach he researched the production of dye-sensitized solar cells.

The winning team from Cologne received prize money of Euro 30,000 while second and third prize winners received Euro 20,000 and Euro 10,000 respectively. This money is to be deployed solely for study purposes. The coordinating teachers of the three national winners also receive prize money for their relevant subject area. In addition, all winning teams will also receive practical support in the planning of their professional and academic futures: students from the Siemens student programs TOPAZ and Yolante are to lend their support as tutors. Prizes totaling Euro 111,000 are awarded as part of the competition.

A total of 102 projects were entered in the 2010 Siemens Stiftung student competition across Germany. The task presented to students was to develop innovative, scientific and creative solutions on the topic of “Energy Geniuses of the Future – Ideas for Improved Efficiency”. The competition was open to all interested students of grades 11-12 (G8) and 11-13 (G9) at schools of general education (academic secondary schools, comprehensive schools, Rudolf Steiner schools) as well as technical secondary schools in Germany.

Student competition is “Selected Landmark of 2010” in the “Land of Ideas”

The Siemens Stiftung’s student competition was itself presented with an award on the eve of the award ceremony: Marcus Thiel from the Deutsche Bank in Munich made the competition “Selected Landmark of 2010” as part of the Germany-wide innovation competition “365 Landmarks in the Land of Ideas”. At the award ceremony Thiel stressed that: “In the Siemens Stiftung’s competition flashes of genius are palpable: the winners have made a creative and innovative contribution to meeting global challenges. Furthermore, the gifted students are supported during their studies and given advice and support by the Siemens Stiftung. The competition thereby promotes Germany’s aspiring scientific talents.” From over 2,200 entries this year the Siemens Stiftung convinced the independent jury with their student competition.

For further information and photos on the student competition of the Siemens Stiftung and the award ceremony go to the following link:

The Siemens Stiftung was founded in September 2008 as a charitable foundation constituted under civil law, headquartered in Munich and endowed by Siemens AG with foundation capital of Euro 390m. The Foundation thereby continues the company’s over 160-year tradition of social commitment. The task of the Siemens Stiftung is to find answers to global social challenges, highlight opportunities and provide aid for self-help in emergencies. In line with the Foundation’s mission the focus of its activities are social commitment, education, technology as well as arts and culture. The Siemens Stiftung’s work is largely operational, i.e. it mainly initiates its own projects and implements these