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“Jugend forscht” 2014 Record-breaking number of participants in Baden-Württemberg Bosch: Young researchers strengthen the economic region

  • 563 participants in the local “Jugend forscht” heats across Baden-Württemberg
  • More than 100 talented young people prove Baden-Württemberg's inventive spirit in the regional round
  • Projects ranging from robotics and mobile observatories to balloons that can save lives
  • Visitors' day in Fellbach from 1 p.m. on April 10, 2014
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Fellbach – 107 young researchers will demonstrate Baden-Württemberg's innovative strength and inventive spirit in the 49th regional round of the “Jugend forscht” competition, with the best ideas being selected by a judges' panel from April 8 – 10, 2014. The winners will represent Baden-Württemberg in the national competition, which will be held in May, and whose motto this year is “Make your idea happen.” The patron of the regional round is Andreas Stoch, Baden-Württemberg's minister for culture, youth, and sport. This is the 29th time that Bosch is sponsoring the regional competition. Speaking ahead of the competition, Christoph Kübel, member of the board of management and director of industrial relations at Robert Bosch GmbH, said: “The record-breaking number of participants this year shows the enormous strength of ideas that young people in Baden-Württemberg have. These young people are tomorrow's new recruits who will strengthen Baden-Württemberg as an economic region. Their inventions and approaches to solving problems will contribute to the creative variety of the companies they will work for. That is why Bosch has been involved with this competition for many years now, as a way of getting young people interested in technical careers from an early age.”

Girls, too, show a growing interest in technology
Interest across Baden-Württemberg in the “Jugend forscht” competition continues to grow, with this year's number of 563 participants and 281 projects breaking all records. Compared to last year, participation has risen by around seven percent and the number of projects by around eleven percent. The number of young women taking part has also gone up. Where last year just one in four participants was female, this year it is almost one in three. The majority of entries are in the areas of technology, biology, and the world of work. “If the 'Jugend forscht' competition didn't already exist, you'd have to invent it! For decades now, it has helped to get boys and girls of school age excited about the natural sciences and technology – which means it complements a central plank of the culture ministry's educational goals: support for MINT subjects,” says the competition's patron Andreas Stoch in reference to math, IT, science, and engineering in schools. Stoch congratulated all participants on the talent, exemplary commitment, and outstanding effort they have shown.

“Jugend forscht” opens its doors to visitors
The young researchers will present their projects to the general public on Thursday, April 10, 2014, with tomorrow's research experts and their project supervisors staging a question-and-answer event between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the Schwabenlandhalle auditorium, Tainer Strasse 7, Fellbach. Entry is free of charge.

From life-saving balloons to robotics
A total of 281 projects were entered for the ten local heats across Baden-Württemberg. Of these, 57 qualified for the regional round, where a specialist panel of judges from schools, universities, and industry will select a winning project for each of the following categories: biology, chemistry, geosciences and space, math/IT, physics, technology, and the world of work. The winners of the regional competition will be honored on the morning of Thursday, April 10, 2014. They will go on to represent Baden-Württemberg in the national competition in Künzelsau, Germany, from May 29 to June 1, 2014.

World of work category – life-saving balloon
The invention that Robin Jäger, Jannik Notter, and Philip Holzinger came up with at Bosch in Stuttgart-Feuerbach can save lives. They have developed a balloon with an integrated camera that automatically goes up whenever a truck is involved in an accident. This provides emergency crews with aerial images even before they reach the scene, so they can assess the situation on the ground.

Chemistry category – fire-fighting plaster
Firefighters are outpaced by the blend of plaster developed by Carolin Langner, Julian Strähle, and Leo Scheibe at the Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Gymnasium in Metzingen. In the event of a fire, their plaster blend releases carbon dioxide and water to delay the fire's spread. It has potential for use in residential construction.

Geosciences and space category – mobile observatory
Hannes Häbich, Henrik Jäger, and Florian Stober from Murrhardt have proved that observatories don't have to be big. They have converted a car trailer into a mobile observatory for use in research and as a star guide.

Technology category – soccer-playing robots
Ruben Bauer, Eric Hauser, and Christoph Moser at the Otto-Hahn-Gymnasium in Tuttlingen are developing two robots for a game of soccer. This sees them researching innovative drive systems, how to register surroundings with the help of various sensors, and communication between robots. They hope to transfer the knowledge this has brought them to other technology problems.

Bosch has been sponsoring young people's enthusiasm for technology since 1986
As a provider of technology and services, Bosch has sponsored not only the “Jugend forscht” competition in Baden-Württemberg since 1986, it also supports two further regional “Jugend forscht” heats. Bosch Thermotechnology took on the task of organizing the regional competition for central Hessen in 1996, while Bosch is also active in the Hildesheim region, where it sponsors “Jugend forscht” in conjunction with other companies.

In addition, Bosch is an active founding partner of the “Knowledge Factory – Companies for Germany” initiative, which is also focused on educating and supporting young people in the fields of science, business, and technology. Across the country, Bosch has established 280 partnerships with educational institutions including day-care centers and schools.

For more information online, visit (only available in German):
Stiftung Jugend forscht e. V.
"Jugend forscht" Baden-Württemberg
"Jugend forscht" at Bosch

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

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