Nexans hosts regional “Jugend forscht – Young Scientists” competition from 10 to 11 February 2011 in Hanover

“Breathe fresh air into science!” - Nexans is supporting the competition for young scientists for the 20th time

Hanover, 3 February 2011 – Under the slogan “Breathe fresh air into science!”, over 70 young scientists from Hanover and the surrounding area will be lining up at Nexans Deutschland GmbH in Hanover on 10 and 11 February to compete in the “Jugend forscht – Young Scientists” regional competition. Jurors will select semi-finalist candidates from among roughly 40 projects in the categories of natural sciences, mathematics, technology and workplace studies who will then participate in the Lower Saxony state finals in March (in Clausthal-Zellerfeld for senior students and Oldenburg for juniors). The winners of the state finals will then proceed to the 46th national competition, which is being hosted in Kiel by the Jugend forscht e.V. foundation from 19 to 22 May together with Forschungsforum Schleswig-Holstein e.V.

Projects are evidence of passion for research and a practical approach

Participants under 15 years old present their projects in the “Young Scientists” regional junior competition. In Hanover, we can expect experimental and practical scientific topics, such as the best way to cook eggs or ideas for the use of solar energy in rail vehicles. The 15 to 21 age group will also be presenting many projects covering diverse areas as part of “Jugend forscht”. One of these is likely to appeal to the less green-fingered among us – it endeavours to find out what kind of plants survive when people persistently fail to water them. However, subject matter and content alone do not decide victory in the regional competition. The jury, which consists of educators, experts from the world of business and specialists from Nexans, also evaluates the preparation and presentation of the projects.

Technical themes popular among entrants

Nexans is supporting the competition in Hanover for the 20th time now. Nexans’ “Jugend forscht” mentor Jutta van Bühl had this to say on this year’s regional competition: “The number and subjects of the proposals submitted prove the sustained interest in technology and nature among young people. Many of the projects received in Hanover concern biology and chemistry, as well as technical issues of the day including energy consumption and protection of the climate and environment. For us as a cable manufacturer, in direct contact with the energy sector, this is especially encouraging.”
Interested parties can view the projects from the regional competition on 10 February from 10:00 to 17:00 and on 11 February from 9:00 to 12:00 in the public exhibition at the Nexans location at Kabelkamp 20, Hanover. The winners for each category will be announced in the afternoon on the second day of the competition.
Further information on the competition can be found at www.jugend-forscht.de

Entrants to the Jugend forscht 2011 competition have registered over 5,700 research projects from the fields of workplace studies, biology, chemistry, geological and space sciences, mathematics/computer sciences, physics and technology. (Photos: Stiftung Jugend forscht e. V.)  Entrants to the Jugend forscht 2011 competition have registered over 5,700 research projects from the fields of workplace studies, biology, chemistry, geological and space sciences, mathematics/computer sciences, physics and technology. (Photos: Stiftung Jugend forscht e. V.)

Entrants to the Jugend forscht 2011 competition have registered over 5,700 research projects from the fields of workplace studies, biology, chemistry, geological and space sciences, mathematics/computer sciences, physics and technology. (Photos: Stiftung Jugend forscht e. V.)

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