Press Releases 2011
Press Release

2011 “School Meets Science” Award Goes to the “Mathematical Modeling Week” Project from Kaiserslautern

  • The Robert Bosch Stiftung awards a total of 90,000 euros to partnership projects between schools and scientific institutions.
  • Annette Schavan, Germany’s Federal Minister of Education and Research says: "These projects deserve even more attention so that others can follow their example."

Stuttgart/Berlin, September 28, 2011 - The first prize in the Robert Bosch Stiftung's "School Meets Science" competition, worth 50,000 euros, was awarded to the Felix Klein Center for Mathematics at the University of Kaiserslautern and high schools in Rhineland-Palatinate for their "Mathematics Modeling Week" partnership project. Annette Schavan, Germany’s Federal Minister of Education and Research, presented the award to the project's representatives at the Umspannwerk Kreuzberg in Berlin. Two additional prizes of 20,000 euros each were awarded to the "Aspects of Climate Change - Bremen 2050" project by the Kippenberg Gymnasium (high school) in Bremen, which partnered with the University of Bremen, and the "Climate Change School Project" by the Anne Frank School in Bargteheide, which partnered with the German Climate Computing Center.

"I am truly impressed by the energy that the participating students have displayed," emphasized Minister Schavan. "The foundation for the future is built in school. That's why I am pleased that teachers and scientists are working together to create innovative approaches to getting young people interested in science and technology. These projects deserve even more attention, so that others can follow their example."

The Robert Bosch Stiftung awarded the "School Meets Science" prize for the third time this year, and with a total value of 90,000 euros, it is the highest-valued prize for joint projects between schools and research institutions. By honoring outstanding teams of teachers, high school students, and scientists, the foundation wants to highlight good examples of joint projects in the fields of natural science and technology, as well as to give people an incentive to set up such partnerships on their own. In this context, the main focus is on the independent work carried out by high school students and their participation in authentic research activities.

At the end of May, a jury led by Nobel Prize winner Erwin Neher selected seven projects as finalists from a total of 60 applications, received from all 16 German states. All seven finalists impressively demonstrated how school pupils can be successfully introduced to science and technology in an innovative way. "The jury had an extremely difficult time selecting the winners, since it had to choose from many excellent applications. Together, teachers and scientists have developed great methods and motivated the students with original questions and open-ended approaches. This can play a decisive role later on when choosing which course to study or career," stressed the Nobel laureate.

The Robert Bosch Stiftung will begin accepting applications for the 2012 "School Meets Science" competition in January of 2012.

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