Press releases | Education 16.11.2011

The 2012 student competition seeks young visionaries with ideas to help protect our climate and environment

The Siemens Stiftung has announced the next student competition in math, science, and technology. The theme of this year’s event is “Urban, rural, and beyond – planning the future of our environment,” and registration is open to teachers and their students in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and at German schools elsewhere in Europe through November 15, 2012. Winners will receive prize money totaling some 100,000 euros.

The growing consumption of resources and environmental contamination due to factors such as rising carbon emissions, waste, and water pollution present us with new challenges as we strive to preserve our living spaces. The Siemens Stiftung seeks to inspire young people with a talent in math and science to think about these topics. “We encourage students to envision and develop concrete solutions for environmental and climate protection issues,” explains Christa Muehlbauer, project manager at the Siemens Stiftung. “We feel it is important to nurture the potential of our youth and motivate them to pursue higher education in science.”

The student competition will be held for the seventh time, and this year it is among the exclusive number of competitions recommended by Germany’s Conference of State Education Ministers.

The competition 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 students, mentored by instructors, are called upon to define a research topic and then find a solution.

The competition unfolds in several phases: All submissions are reviewed in the preliminary round, and the five best teams from each region are chosen to present their work at semi-finals at RWTH Aachen, TU Berlin, and TU Munich. The jury of distinguished scientists then decides which nine teams from the semi-finals will advance to the final round on March 16 – 18, 2013.

The prize money is earmarked for higher education. The mentoring teachers also receive money for their departments. Winners are also admitted to 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 2013 student competition closes on November 15, 2012. Papers must be submitted by January 15, 2013.


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