Press releases | Education 13.03.2014

Two teams and seven individual contestants reach final round of 2014 student competition in Berlin

The participants presented their diverse projects at the semi-finals.

Over the last few days, twelve students in all managed to qualify for the final round on March 30 during the preliminary rounds held in Berlin, Aachen, and Munich. The students had to convince a jury of three scientists of the particular project they developed according to the motto for this year's competition:"Rethinking energy! Start shaping the future". The finalists have been working on more efficient airplanes, oil extraction from algae, and environmentally-friendly mobility concepts, among other things. The jury for the preliminary rounds was made up of lecturers at the partner universities TU Berlin, RWTH Aachen and TU Munich.

Prof. Dr. Armin Schnettler, Director of the Institute of High-Voltage Technology at the RWTH Aachen University, on behalf of the entire jury praised the students' outstanding grasp of complex interrelationships. "The student competition involves much more than simply developing an idea, about future energy supply, for example. As well as having thorough knowledge of the subject area, the students also need to critically analyze their idea from economic, technical, and environmental perspectives. I am amazed how far these young people have thought things through."

The nine contestants/teams from Aachen, Berlin, Biberach, Daun, Halle (Saale), Hamburg, Spaichingen, Tutzing, and Wuppertal now move on to the final round to be held on March 30 in Berlin. In Berlin, the students get to present their projects to the jury of nine scientists from the partner universities. After the award ceremony on March 31, the winners will be invited to a reception at the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. The head of this ministry, Dr. Barbara
Hendricks, is the patron of the student competition. The individuals and teams who have reached the final will each receive a cash award of 2,500 euros for their work. In addition, the teachers acting as the contestants’ mentors will receive 1,500 euros for their respective departments.

The student competition tackles issues of global importance and concern to young people. Be it climate change or urbanization, sustainable energy supply or environmental protection, the focus is on socially relevant issues that require intelligent solutions. This annual competition is organized by Siemens Stiftung in collaboration with its partner universities. Participation is open to young people in the senior grades at schools in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, as well as at German international schools in Europe. The students can win up to 20,000 euros in prize money for study purposes, and their mentors also receive money for their departments. All in all, cash prizes worth a total of around 100,000 euros are awarded.

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