The best young researchers in Bavaria

05. April 2017 – Award ceremony for the finals of Jugend forscht Bavaria 2017

After three exciting days of competition, the winners of Jugend forscht Bayern 2017 were at an award ceremony. The eleven state winners will represent the free state at the great national finals of Jugend forscht at the end of May. According to the State Secretary Georg Eisenreich, "Promoting interests and talents in the field of science and technology is one of the main tasks of the schools. 'Jugend forscht' makes an exceptionally valuable contribution to this."

Sara-Luisa Reh, 17, and Anja-Sophia Reh, 14, from Stadtbergen in the rural district of Augsburg received a special distinction. Their work on "A look at blood sugar" will receive a special award by Eisenreich from the Bavarian Minister of State for Education, Culture,  Science and Art for the best inter-disciplinary Project.

In their work, the two pupils from the Maria Stern Augsburg secondary school from the Schulwerk of the diocese in Augsburg examined the relation between the size of pupils and blood sugar. They came to the conclusion that pupils contract when blood sugar levels are low. With the help of video glasses and a SmartPhone App, Sara-Luisa and Anja-Sophia then developed a hypoglycemic warning system. Diabetics wearing the video glasses receive a warning via SmartPhone when their pupils contract and show a risk of hypoglycemia.

An overview of the other state finalists:

Working world
Project: Fall protection for movable Silos
Christoph Hecker, 17, from Sengenthal
Jakob Götz, 16, from Deining
Florian Otto, 18, from Freystadt
Trainees at Pfleiderer Neumarkt GmbH

Biology
Project: Species of Xanthoria lichens as bio-indicators in fruit growing
Felix Leon Braun, 17, from Mömbris
Friedrich-Dessauer secondary school in Aschaffenburg

Chemistry (two state winners)
Project: Examining the phenomenon of Liesegang's rings in gelatine gels
Johannes Greiner, 16, and Stephan Wagner, 15, from Neuburg at the Kammel
Simpert-Kraemer secondary school in Krumbach

Project: Cleaning the air with photo catalysis in daylight: Looking for the quantum leap
Philipp Herget, 16, from Laufach
Maurice Noll, 16, from Weibersbrunn
Hanns-Seidel secondary school in Hösbach

Geo and Space Sciences
Project: Analysis of flucutation in the Fe-K-Alpha line in the Cygnus X-1 System
Johannes Klatt, 17, from Bamberg
Franz-Ludwig secondary school in Bamberg

Mathematics/Informaton Technology
Project:  Developing and testing methods to show a live video stream in a virtual world with as little delay as possible.
Constantin Geier, 18, from Riedering
Ignaz-Günther secondary school in Rosenheim

Physics (two state winners)
Project: Chemical post-treatment of bicycle tires
Christoph Setescak, 18, from Pentling
Albertus-Magnus secondary school in Regensburg

Project: Pulse form analysis of a radon ionisation chamber
Bernhard Kirchmair, 17, from Reichersbeuern
Vincent Nieraad, 16, from Gaißach
Gabriel-von-Seidl secondary school in Bad Tölz

Technology (two state winners)
Project: 4D chair
Sebastian Lew, 15, from Bad Füssing
Wilhelm-Diess secondary school in Pocking

Project: Self-balancing Unicycle
Luca Fäth, 17, from Karlstein
Friedrich-Dessauer secondary school in Aschaffenburg

1,961 participants had registered for Jugend forscht 2017 with 1,214 projects throughout Bavaria. Only the best 85 young researcher made it to Vilsbiburg for the national finals. There, alone or in a team, they presented a total of 58 projects to a panel of experts and to the public. The State Secretary Eisenreich was very impressed by their achievements: "The young researchers have enthusiastically put their clever ideas into effect. Their scientific skills and their competent presentation to the jury helped the winners achieve their victory in the national competition of "Jugend forscht". I'm sure that this has  strengthened some decisive competences for their later life: Commitment, creativity and endurance."

This year, Jugend forscht Bayern took place in Vilsbiburg for the first time. From now on, the DRÄXLMAIER Group will be holding the competition every other year. "The initiative and determination of the young researchers is impressive. The DRÄXLMAIER Group is proud of being able to welcome such motivated young researchers to Vilsbiburg", said Dräxlmaier, the CEO of the DRÄXLMAIER Group.

Jugend forscht is the largest youth competition in Europe in the area of science and technology. Today, numerous former participants work as scientists at universities and research institutes or as executives in companies. "We care very much about encouraging the inquiring minds and spirit of research in young people", said the sponsorship representative for Jugend forscht Bayern at DRÄXLMAIER Dr. Tobias Nickel. "We hope that Jugend forscht will encourage many young people to complete training or a degree in one of the MINT subjects."

The DRÄXLMAIER Group supplies premium automobile manufacturers worldwide with complex wiring harness systems, central electrical and electronic components, exclusive interiors, and storage systems for electric mobility. The combination of core competencies in the interior, electrical, electronic and storage systems areas makes DRÄXLMAIER unique in the industry. The company thereby covers the entire process chain, from the initial idea, through the development and production process, and up to precisely in-sequence delivery of the products to the assembly lines of premium automobile manufacturers. The inventor of the customer-specific wiring harness, the DRÄXLMAIER Group develops pioneering wiring harness technology as well as electrical and electronic components, all directly in-house. These include multi-voltage and high-voltage wiring harness systems, battery management systems, and intelligent power distributors. DRÄXLMAIER is working on the future of emission-free mobility with its solution for low-voltage and high-voltage storage systems. As a market leader for interior systems in premium automobiles, the DRÄXLMAIER Group also supplies premium automobile manufacturers with ambient lighting, center consoles, door panels and instrument panels, as well as complete door and cockpit modules.

The DRÄXLMAIER Group is an international automotive supplier with more than 60  sites in over 20 countries. Founded in Germany in 1958, the company employs about  75,000 employees throughout the world. For the DRÄXLMAIER Group as an owner-managed business, responsible and long-range thinking has always been the basis for economic success. It is therefore a core element of its strategy to design its business and production processes, as well as its products, in a more sustainable manner and in that way to increase the competitiveness of the company on a long-term basis.

In 2019, the DRÄXLMAIER Group generated sales of 4.9 billion euro. Customers of this member of the Top 100 Automotive Suppliers include Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Porsche and Volkswagen, as well as Californian automotive manufacturers.

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