"Jugend forscht"

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Fr. 25.02.2022
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"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.


Competition 2022

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

  • Working world

  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • Earth and space sciences

  • Mathematics/Computer Science

  • Physics

  • Technology


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.

Regional winner "Jugend forscht" 2020

Regional winner category technology "Automatic 3D object modelling with the help of a laser scanner" (Ben Geisler, Luka Petkovic I Goetheschule Ilmenau)

Regional Winner Category Physics The Infrared Imaging Camera (Anna Clara Hermsdorf | Goetheschule Ilmenau)

Regional winner category biology

Pupils experiment:

"No moss, no nothing" (Hans Möller I Primary School Drei Gleichen Wandersleben).

Youth research:

"Analysis of selected surfaces of the Goetheschule for antibiotic-resistant bacteria" (Sophie Grützmacher I Goetheschule Ilmenau)

Regional winner category working environment

"Time Management in FoCus-Communication Improvement at Oberhof Sports High School"

(Candy Jack Hoffmann and Florian Wolf I Goetheschule Ilmenau)

Regional winner category world of work

"Construction of the drive train of a rover based on the tensegrity principle" (Samira Maia Trommer I Goetheschule Ilmenau)

Regional winner category mathematics/computer science "I see something you don't" - Automatic ship recognition on satellite images (Elisa Sommer, Lilian Witters, Lucas Reisener | students 1.FS)

Patented company