"Jugend forscht"

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We. 07.02.2024
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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 2024

The motto of the 58th round of the competition is "Make up your mind!". Jugend forscht encourages all young researchers to take up the challenge of researching and experimenting, tinkering and inventing - and to allow room for chance.

Until November 30, 2023 , children from grade 4 and young adults up to the age of 21 could register their project work for the "Schüler experimentieren" and "Jugend forscht" competitions. Under the motto "You can do it!", Jugend forscht encourages children and young people to take up the challenge of finding answers to their own questions and to get creative themselves.

From February 2024, the regional competitions will take place nationwide, where the young researchers will present their research projects to a jury and the public.

All interested parties are cordially invited to attend the public presentation in the foyer of the Humboldtbau at TU Ilmenauon February 7 starting at 3 p.m. and the subsequent award ceremony at 4:15 p.m.

The regional winners will compete at state level in March and April. The Thuringia state competition will take place on April 9, 2024 in Jena. There, the best will qualify for the 59th national final, which will take place fromMay 30 to June 02, 2024 in Heilbronn will take place.

Regional winner of "Jugend forscht" 2024

Technology category

Youth research:

  • "Building and testing a rocket nozzle" (Xuancheng Zhao, Marie Maternik I Private / at home)

Category Biology

Pupils experiment:

  • "Our teeth in an experiment" (Jasmina Gössel I Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium Ruhla)

Category Working world

Pupils experiment:

  • "Juri's and Pivo's Katzomat made from Lego" (Clara Schug, Ronja Schnorr I Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium Ruhla)

Youth research:

  • "The forest floor can breathe a sigh of relief 2.0 - A tilt control for forestry machines" (Max Walter I Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium Ruhla)

Regionalsieger in der Kategorie Technik Xuancheng Zhao und Maria MaternikTU Ilmenau | Pavel Chatterjee
Die Regionalsiegerin in der Kategorie Biologie Jasmina GösselTU Ilmenau | Pavel Chatterjee
Die Regionalsieger in der Kategorie Arbeitswelt Clara Schug und Ronja SchnorrTU Ilmenau | Pavel Chatterjee

Category Chemistry

Youth research:

  • "Release of microplastics into the environment when washing textiles" (Leonie Wiebel, Klara Fischer I Student Research Center Rudolstadt)

Category Mathematics/Computer ScienceYouth research:

  • "The mathematics behind map projections" (Jos Constantin Heinemann | Goetheschule Ilmenau)

  • "Various methods for calculating the coordinates of the center of the inscribed circle in a triangle" (Janina Leistritz | Goethe School Ilmenau)

Die Regionalsieger in der Kategorie Chemie Leonie Wiebel und Klara FischerTU Ilmenau | Pavel Chatterjee
Der Regionalsieger in der Kategoriie Mathematik/Informatik Jos Constantin HeinemannTU Ilmenau | Pavel Chatterjee
Die Regionalsiegerin in der Kategorie Mathematik/Informatik Janina LeistritzTU Ilmenau | Pavel Chatterjee

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