Press Releases 2010
Press release

The 2010 “School Meets Science” Prize is Awarded to the “Astrophysics of Close Binary Stars” Project of the Max-Planck-Gymnasium in Göttingen

  •  The Robert Bosch Stiftung awards a total of EUR 90,000 to cooperation projects between schools and research institutions.
  • “Young adults and their ideas, their creativity, their hard work, and their dedication are Germany’s most important resource,” said State Secretary Cornelia Quennet-Thielen.

Stuttgart/Berlin, September 22, 2010 - With their joint project entitled “Astrophysik enger Doppelsterne” (“Astrophysics of Close Binary Stars”), the Max-Planck-Gymnasium, a high school in Göttingen, Germany, and the Institute for Astrophysics at the Georg-August University of Göttingen have won the EUR 50,000 grand prize in the Robert Bosch Stiftung’s “School Meets Science” competition. State Secretary Cornelia Quennet-Thielen (from Germany’s Federal Ministry for Education and Research) presented the award to the project’s representatives at the Chamäleon Theater in Berlin. Two further prizes worth EUR 20,000 each were also awarded to the “Moos- und Nematoden AG” (“Moss and Nematodes Study Group”) project - which is a cooperation between the Marien-Gymnasium in Werl, Germany, and the University of Bielefeld - and the project entitled “GRIPS: Goethe-University Research Integration Program Simmern” carried out by the Herzog-Johann Gymnasium in Simmern and the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main.

“The participating students demonstrated just how much energy they have within them,” said Mrs. Quennet-Thielen at the awards ceremony. “And maybe participating in the competition also showed them just how much they can accomplish. They are our country’s renewable energy source. I sincerely hope that their curiosity remains our strongest fuel. And I’m happy that they had teachers and scientists there to give them suggestions and provide support. The Robert Bosch Stiftung’s prizes inject new energy into our country’s education system, inspiring people to adhere to best practice as a means of ensuring successful education.”

The “School Meets Science” competition was the second time this year that the Robert Bosch Stiftung handed out this award - and at EUR 90,000, it is the highest-paying award for joint projects between schools and research institutions. By honoring outstanding teams of teachers, students, and scientists, the foundation wants to draw attention to particularly good examples of joint projects in the field of technology and the natural sciences, as well as provide an incentive to students and institutions to set up such partnerships on their own. In this context, the main focus is on the independent work carried out by students and their participation in actual research activities.

A total of 61 scientific partnerships submitted applications for the 2010 competition, and an independent jury led by the Nobel Laureate Professor Erwin Neher selected eight exemplary projects from the pool of applicants. All of the eight nominees demonstrated how to introduce students to science and technology in an innovative and successful way. “It was very difficult for the jury to select the winners, since it had to choose from many excellent applications that more than fulfilled the foundation’s main criteria: namely, helping students - in cooperation with scientists - to engage with scientific problems directly. The fact that one of the student groups had their work published in a professional scientific journal is proof that they accomplished this goal. These successes will leave a mark on the minds of all those involved, and this can have a significant impact on their future decisions regarding what to study or which career to pursue,” emphasized the Nobel Laureate.

The Robert Bosch Stiftung will begin accepting applications for the 2011 “School Meets Science” competition in October 2010.


Stephanie Ferdinand
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