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Young researchers from the North Frisian Student Research Center are leading the competition

March 22nd, 2019

Young researchers from the School Research Center North Frisia represent the network of School Research Centers S-H in the national competition Jugend forscht (Youth Research)

The Schleswig-Holstein state competition Jugend forscht took place in Kiel on Thursday, March 22nd, 2019. Among the 21 participants were nine students from network schools and locations of the network "Schülerforschungszentren Schleswig-Holstein" coordinated by the IPN. With a total of four projects, they successfully faced the competition and the jury. In the end, three project groups from the support schools of the North Frisian Student Research Center were able to prevail. They will travel to the national competition in Chemnitz from the 16th to the 19th of May.

Marcel Pflaeging (18) and Jannes Schrall (17) from the Hermann-Tast-Schule Husum were the state winners in the field of working environment. They developed a self-sufficient disinfecting door handle. This door handle undergoes a disinfecting process at certain intervals by killing bacteria with UV-C light. The required energy is generated by operating the handle.

One of the two state victories in chemistry also went to students at the Herrmann-Tast-Schule Husum. Hagen Carstensen (18 years old), Jasper Nickelsen (17 years old) and Lars Ebel (17 years old) presented their biogas reactor project as a redox flow battery. Since biogas plants are already an important part of the production of renewable energy, they asked themselves whether they could also be used as reservoirs.

The two 18-year-old Silas Caspersen and Pete Labetzsch from the Theodor Storm School in Husum built a small household biogas plant for private use. They also investigated the yield and quality of a substrate mixture of cattle manure mixed with domestic waste and various silages. They wanted to lay the foundation for small private biogas plants, especially in developing countries and received the state prize for the best interdisciplinary work for their project.

Veit Eysholdt and Joel Lübbers, both 15 years old, from the Gymnasium Trittau, presented their autoAuto to the jury in the Technology category. This is a self-propelled vehicle that can automatically maintain its course with optical, acoustic and thermal sensors.

At the same time, students participated in the state competition of the junior section Experimenting. Three further projects from the Schleswig-Holstein Student Research Centers made it into the state competition. The brothers Nils (14 years old) and Torge Richter (12 years old) from the Lornsenschule Schleswig intended to find out how big the effect of the digested sludge at the bottom of the Schlei is on the oxygen content and other water analysis values. They also used a layer model of the Schlei in an aquarium to show that aeration can improve the oxygen content and thus the water quality.

Pit Voigtsberger (13 years), eighth grader at the Gymnasium Trittau, demonstrated his emergency assistant. The smartphone app he developed can call for help by telephone in the event of an accident or unconsciousness. It also provides the GPS data of the injured person down to the meter.

The 12-year-old Julian Elias Carstensen from the Hermann-Tast-Schule Husum wanted to find out whether carnivores store more calcium in their bones than herbivores. He investigated the calcium content in the skulls of shrews and voles. He uses his results to draw possible conclusions about a vegan diet in humans.

The Schleswig-Holstein Student Research Centers Network (SFZ-SH) is a joint project of the Joachim Herz Foundation (Hamburg), the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of Schleswig-Holstein and the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN). The network has been establishing student research centers at a total of six locations in Schleswig-Holstein since the beginning of the 2017/18 school year. At the Schleswig-Flensburg location, the Dannewerkschule-Gemeinschaftsschule and the Lornsenschule Schleswig community school are working together to design the services offered by the student research center.

Well-equipped premises are available to the girls and boys at the locations, as well as individual care by qualified staff. In addition to schools, universities, other research and educational institutions and companies are involved in the regional programs offered by the centers. This gives the young people the opportunity to get to know the work in research alliances and to jointly develop and implement creative solutions.

Project Partners

The non-profit Joachim Herz Foundation is predominantly operational and primarily active in the fields of sciences, economics and personal development. Small, innovative third-party projects are also supported in these three areas. Since 2017, the foundation has also been supporting research projects in the fields of medicine and law. The Joachim Herz Foundation was established in 2008 and is one of the largest German foundations. In addition to the financial support amounting to a total of 1.9 million euros, the Joachim Herz Foundation also contributes technical expertise to the project as a committed partner.

The Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of the State of Schleswig-Holstein is involved in the network as a project partner and supplies teaching positions to support students in the research centers.

In its capacity as a supra-regional educational institution, the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) coordinates the network. In addition, it provides its expertise for the conception of the network and accompanying research. As a joint institution of IPN and Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (CAU), the Kieler Forschungswerkstatt combines the technical research excellence of the CAU and its partner institutions with the teaching and learning research excellence of the IPN.

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