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Winner of “Jugend forscht”: A water rocket and lots of moss

Status: 05/29/2022 1:38 p.m

The topics of environment and climate played a major role in this year’s national final of “Jugend forscht”. There were special awards for a water rocket, young peat bogs and disinfecting LEDs.

168 young people with 108 research projects made it into the national final of “Jugend forscht” – but in the end not everyone was able to win. Hendrik Ridder from Bremen was honored for his “extraordinary work” on a flying weather station. The 16-year-old built a 2.5 meter long water rocket that can fly up to a height of 270 meters. It is launched from a specially constructed launch pad and is refueled and controlled fully automatically by means of an associated server and an additional control board. The entire process can be viewed and monitored using a self-programmed app. The rocket serves as a flying weather station.

The prize for the most original work went to 18-year-old Cornelius-Ägidian Quint from Husum for a new method for renaturing moors. Quint developed a method with which mosses can be resettled more quickly on former moorland.

Maximilian Pfannkuch, Jaro Filip and Dominik Hein received the prize for the best interdisciplinary work. They developed an air purification system based on UV light-emitting diodes.

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In the field of chemistry, Hannah Amrhein, Lena Fries and Hanna Fries won with their new approach to recovering the plant nutrient phosphorus from wastewater. Vanessa Guthier wrote a computer program that allowed her to identify the conditions for the formation of gamma rays – she won first prize in Earth and Space Sciences.

Happy chemistry national winners: Lena Fries (from left to right), Hannah Amrhein and Hanna Fries

Image: dpa

Vincent Nack created an emergency braking assistance system for bicycles and won first prize in the working environment category. David Sauer took the national victory in biology: he examined the influence of dihydroxybenzenes on plants.

In the Mathematics/IT category, Elian Terelle won with his self-developed system for live video transmissions in sports, with which game scenes can be rewound. Carlos Steiner Navarro dealt with the effect of magnetic levitation and thus won the physics category. Johann Elias Stoetzer and Steven Gurgel, who developed a process to print self-made 3D sensors on textiles, won in the technical field.

The national competition took place for the 57th time. Young scientists had qualified for the federal finals, which took place in Lübeck, through their state victory.

Special prize for three schools

The special prize “Jugend forscht Schule 2022” was also awarded. The Wieland-Gymnasium Biberach from Baden-Württemberg won. The two second prizes went to the CJD Christophorusschule Rostock from Mecklenburg-West Pomerania and the Martin-Andersen-Nexö-Gymnasium from Saxony.

The President of the Conference of Ministers of Education, Karin Prien, praised the Wieland-Gymnasium for the “broad STEM promotion in and outside of the classroom”. Under the motto “discover and research”, the grammar school addresses students of all grades. MINT support is broadly anchored in the classroom and extracurricular areas.

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