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Ricarda-Huch School wins Yes! STEM School Competition

January 1st, 2022

Yes! STEM is a school competition addressing challenges that lie at the junction of business and the STEM subjects. It is being funded as a pilot project by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of Science@Seas in Schleswig-Holstein from 2021 to 2023. Students in grades 7-9 work with researchers from renowned research institutes to develop their own problem analysis and vision on regional and global challenges based on the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The school teams presented and discussed their results at a finale and, working with a panel of judges, decided on the best school teams.

Led by the IPN, Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education, the regional Science@Seas network aims to expand and consolidate existing STEM programs and structures in the Schleswig-Holstein region under a common umbrella brand. Along with the Technische Akademie Nord e.V., the ZBW, Leibniz Information Center for Economics, the European University of Flensburg, the Schleswig-Holstein Research Forum, and the companies active in the region, the aim is to further strengthen the importance and opportunities of STEM (mathematics, information technology, science, and technology) both in the public eye and in the perception of young people. This includes YES! STEM.

The following school teams received awards from the students and the jury:

1st place 1: Ricarda Huch School

Algae, but more useful than you think - both a snack and a climate saver

Topic: How can algae help solve the challenges of climate change? (Supervision by Dr. Ruth Gingold, Botanical Institute and Botanical Garden of Kiel University)

2nd place: Theodor Heuss School

Good temperature. Good climate. Good life.

Topic: Refrigeration machines with green energy? Absorbing water in nanoporous materials makes it possible. (Supervision by Prof. Dr. Norbert Stock and Christoph Stein, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Kiel University).

3rd place: Lessing Gymnasium

Never-ending batteries

Topic: Green batteries - made from sustainable and biodegradable raw materials (supervised by Dr. Sandra Hansen, Institute for Materials Science at Kiel University)

 

All three teams will present their work at one of the upcoming STEMCulture festivals in June 2022.