Nexans hosts regional “Jugend forscht – Schüler experimentieren” regional science competition for the 23rd time

On 13 and 14 February, 90 participants will present 45 research projects in Hanover – this year’s most popular project topic in the state capital was chemistry

Hanover, February 6, 2014 – Nexans is a sponsor of “Jugend forscht” and this year it will host the regional Jugend forscht – Schüler experimentieren science competition for young people in Hanover for the 23rd time. The motto “Make your ideas a reality“ inspired no fewer than 90 young scientists from the state capital and surrounding areas to present their work. Forty-five science projects will be presented to jury members and the public at Nexans’ administrative centre at Kabelkamp 20, 30179 Hanover from 13 to 14 February. The jury, which consists of educators, experts from the world of business and specialists from Nexans, will decide on the best projects using written documentation that has been submitted, the design of the exhibit and the project presentation. The winners will be announced in the afternoon on the second day of the regional competition.

Chemistry was the most popular topic in this regional competition. The emphasis of the competition in Hanover was therefore somewhat different to the national average: of the topics approved by Stiftung Jugend forscht e.V. comprising “workplace studies“, “biology“, “chemistry“, “geology and spatial development”, “mathematics and computer sciences”, “physics” and “technology“, the most popular topic for Germany as a whole this year was biology, followed by technology and chemistry.

The “Jugend forscht – Schüler experimentieren“ competition is divided into two age categories. Young scientists under 15 years of age present their projects in the junior “Schüler experimentieren“ competition, while participants in the “Jugend forscht“ competition are aged between 15 and 21. In March, the winners of the Hanover “Jugend forscht“ regional competition will meet the winners of the other six Lower Saxony regional competitions in Clausthal-Zellerfeld for the Lower Saxony state competition. The best entrants in “Schüler experimentieren“ will meet their competitors from Lower Saxony in Oldenburg. The winners of the state finals will then proceed to

the 49th national competition, which will take place in Künzelsau from 29 May to 1 June.
The basic idea behind the competition is to integrate the work of schools and industry and to discover the researchers of tomorrow. “This is of course a key concern for us as a high-tech company, in view of falling pupil numbers,” explains “Jugend forscht“ mentor Jutta van Bühl, PR officer at Nexans. “I’m particularly pleased that the participants showed an interest in chemistry, a topic that is also important in our company when it comes to developing and producing materials.“
 
Anyone who is interested can view the projects and ideas that have been submitted to the regional competition on 13 February from 10:00 to 17:00 and on 14 February from 9:00 to 12:00 in the public exhibition at the Nexans site at Kabelkamp 20 in Hanover.

Further information on the competition can be found at www.jugend-forscht.de.

Jugend forscht 2014 bei Nexans
 

It all starts with an exciting idea: entrants to the Jugend forscht 2014 competition have registered over 6,000 research projects from the fields of workplace studies, biology, chemistry, geological and space sciences, mathematics/computer sciences, physics and technology. (Pictures: Stiftung Jugend forscht e. V.)

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