"Jugend forscht" - the competition
"Jugend forscht" is Germany's best-known competition for young researchers. The aim is to get young people excited about mathematics, computer science, natural sciences, and technology, and to find and promote talent. Every year there are more than 100 competitions nationwide. Young people up to the age of 21 can register for the competition. Pupils from the 4th grade up to 14 years of age compete in the junior section "Schüler experimentieren". The 15 to 21-year-olds start in the "Jugend forscht" section. There are six regional competitions in Thuringia and one state competition. Since 2013, the TU Ilmenau and the Universitätsgesellschaft der TU Ilmenau e.V. have been sponsoring companies in the "Jugend forscht" competition and are shaping the framework for the regional competition in the Western Thuringia region. LINDIG Fördertechnik GmbH has been supporting us since 2016.
West Thuringia includes all schools in the West Thuringia school district - i.e. in the districts of Wartburg-Kreis, Gotha, Ilm-Kreis and the independent city of Eisenach. Competition director is Jens König, deputy headmaster of the "Wilhelm Hey" regular school in Ichtershausen.
The 57th round of the competition has the motto "Ingenious by chance?" Jugend forscht encourages all young researchers to take up the challenge, to research and experiment, to tinker and invent - and to give chance room.
Until November 30, 2021 , children from grade 4 and young adults up to 21 years of age can register their project work for the "Schüler experimentieren" and "Jugend forscht" competitions. on the competition website competitions. Under the motto "You can do it!", Jugend forscht encourages children and young people to accept the challenge of finding answers to their own questions and to become creatively active themselves.
The works will be assigned to the categories
Earth and space sciences
Research, tinkering and experimentation will continue until the beginning of January 2022. Only then will the participants have to submit a written elaboration of their research project. From February 2022, the regional competitions will take place throughout Germany, where the young researchers will present their research projects to a jury and the public. Those who win here will compete at the state level in March and April. There, the best qualify for the 57th national final, which will take place from 26 to 29 May 2022.