19.02.2021

NORDAKADEMIE hosts Elmshorn regional competition of Jugend forscht in virtual form

On Friday, 19.02.2021, the NORDAKADEMIE University of Applied Sciences hosted the Elmshorn regional competition of Schüler experimentieren and Jugend forscht for the eighth time as a sponsor. For the first time, the event took place in virtual form due to the Corona pandemic. 39 children and young people took up the challenge and presented their projects digitally to the expert jury. Young tinkerers from the Pinneberg district also took many top places.

Elmshorn, February 22, 2021 -  The 56th round of Germany's best-known competition for young people has the motto "Leave the future there!". It aims to encourage children and young people to take responsibility for shaping the planet. Despite the difficult conditions caused by Corona, the 39 young researchers from Bargteheide, Glückstadt, Güby, Heikendorf, Kiel, Mönkeberg, Neumünster, Norderstedt, Pinneberg, Rendsburg, Tornesch and Wedel worked intensively on their projects. They skilfully presented their research results in digital form to the expert jury at the Elmshorn regional competition, which NORDAKADEMIE organised as an online event. Included were such exciting projects as Microorganisms under the Mouth-Nose-Protection, Sugar Everywhere, Automatic Light Control with People Counter, Many Activities, Little Time - Can You Improve the Sleep of Teenagers?, Paper Can Be Done Differently!, The Digitized Hand and E-Go-Kart Model S.

The jury awarded the regional prize winners in the respective categories of working world, biology, chemistry, earth and space sciences, mathematics/computer science, physics and technology. The winners at the regional level qualified for the Schleswig-Holstein state competition on March 18, 2021.

Award ceremony

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"I am delighted about the commitment of the young researchers. With their work, they are helping to shape our future. NORDAKADEMIE is happy to support them in this as a sponsor of Jugend forscht," said University President Univ.-Prof. Dr. Kerstin Fink in her welcoming address to the participants in the competition. The university has felt very connected to the competition for many years and is already organising it for the eighth time.

Fest speaker Dr Gabriele Romig from the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of the State of Schleswig-Holstein thanked NORDAKADEMIE for once again hosting the competition. She said that this showed the high value placed on this competition by the university. She praised the commitment of the young people: "You have all won, even if not all of you are among the regional winners. You have gained valuable research experience through your participation in this challenging competition."

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The first-place winners at Jugend forscht in the subject area of technology include Kevin Hockel (19), Kim Krüger (20) and David Drabe (18) from Wedel and Appen with their project "The digitized hand". "We chose this topic because we find virtual reality very exciting and wondered how we could represent this experience more realistically. We particularly enjoyed the insight into the VR programming world and working in a team during the research work," said the young researchers. They have developed a version of a glove that can be used to experience true-to-life training or virtual reality games.

Peer Müller (14) from the Theodor-Heuss-Schule in Pinneberg took part in the Schüler experimentieren competition in the technology section with his project "Automatic light control with people counter" and achieved regional victory in this category. He developed a device that automatically switches the light on and off depending on the number of people in the room.

A water dispenser for her class was built by 14-year-old Jasmin Häggrist from Klaus Groth School in Tornesch. She achieved 2nd place in the technology category of Schüler experimentieren. "To have the water level displayed, I used an Arduino an ultrasonic sensor and an LCD. Because I wanted my dispenser to look really nice later on, I tried to print a housing with a 3D printer. Unfortunately, this failed, so I later made the housing out of wood after all," the young researcher reports.

University President Univ. Prof. Dr. Kerstin Fink, Dr. Gabriele Romig from the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of the State of Schleswig-Holstein and competition director Andrea Lehmann welcomed the 39 young researchers to the Elmshorn regional competition of Jugend forscht/Schüler experimentieren - due to the Corona pandemic, NORDAKADEMIE organised the competition as an online event.

Kevin Hockel (19), Kim Krüger (20) and David Drabe (18) from Wedel and Appen were among the first-place winners in the "Jugend forscht" competition in the field of technology with their project "The digitalised hand".

Falko Rank (16) and Steffen Schwampe (15), won 3rd prize in the technology category of Jugend forscht with their "E-Go-Kart Model S".

Falko Rank (16) and Steffen Schwampe (15), who also attend the Klaus Groth School in Tornesch, have further developed their "E-Go-Kart", an electrically powered go-kart with which they already competed in the regional competition of Jugend forscht in 2020, and were rewarded with 3rd prize in the technology category of Jugend forscht for their Model S E-Go-Kart. "We fixed the problems from last year and added new improvements, like a solar panel for self-sufficient battery charging. In addition, we then had to renew all our electronics and also used that directly for a more elegant cable management," explain the junior designers.

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In addition to the young researchers from the district of Pinneberg, young people from the schools Gymnasium Harksheide (Norderstedt), Max-Planck-Schule (Kiel), Internat Louisenlund (Güby), Elly-Heuss-Knapp-Schule (Neumünster) and Heinrich-Heine-Schule (Heikendorf) were able to enjoy a regional victory.


Peer Müller (14) from the Theodor Heuss School in Pinneberg took part in the Pupils Experiment competition in the technology section with his project "Automatic light control with people counter" and achieved regional victory in this category.

14-year-old Jasmin Häggrist from the Klaus Groth School in Tornesch built a water dispenser for her class. She achieved 2nd place in the technology category of Schüler experimentieren.


Youth research projects of the regional competition Elmshorn 2021


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