Status: 28.02.2013, 20:00 p.m.
Peiting - Over the past two days, 112 young inventors have presented their well-thought-out ideas at the "Jugend forscht" and "Schüler Experimenten" competitions in Peiting.
Other girls her age are busy with the latest fashion trends, the movie night with their girlfriends and maybe also with their first little or big love. It's different with Hanna Burggraf. The 14-year-old high school student from Tutzing has little time for such gimmicks. She wants to deal with other things - for example, with a more effective solar heating system for residential buildings. "Weather forecasting optimizes the whole thing incredibly," Hanna says. No, she is convinced. That's why she immediately got to work.
In many hours, she has written her own computer program that can evaluate and process the data from some weather sensors. And of course, she has also refined the sensors for her own wishes. There are those that measure the outside temperature, the wind force and, of course, those that determine the climate data of the individual rooms. "The concept is actually quite simple," explains Hanna Burggraf and immediately rattles it off: "If the program knows, for example, that the sun will shine for several hours in two hours, and the rooms will be able to do without heating until then, it automatically switches off the heating."
The goal, of course, is to save heating power. "And it works," the 14-year-old finishes her flow of speech. Her own family would save around 200 euros per year with their intelligent heating control, "and that at an acquisition cost of around 85 euros". Award-worthy, isn't it?
Clearly, the jurors found. In doing so, they not only gave the amateur scientist first place in the mathematics/computer science category of "Schüler Experimenten", but also her fourth triumph. "I've already won three times," Hanna admits embarrassedly. But the 14-year-old really didn't expect her to win again.
Hanna's big brother Max is no less enthusiastic about research. Even if he has absolutely nothing to do with heaters. He prefers to spend his free time with robots - or more precisely: swarm robots. "Over the past few weeks and months, I've been building four little robots that can work together," explains the 16-year-old high school student. His swarm of robots is not only a team player, but also worthy of an award. Max also took first place in the field of mathematics/computer science - but in "Jugend forscht".
Jonas Scharpf is also fond of the little high-tech men - although he is already a few years older and studying. "Electrical Engineering in Munich." Nevertheless, he has invested around 400 hours in Victor. In doing so, he has realized a small dream - his own robot that can move like a human. "He even has all the joints that we have," says Jonas Scharpf proudly.
Despite all the tinkering, the 19-year-old still has one little thing to worry about: "You just notice that the robot has no sense of balance." If it is steered incorrectly or too quickly, it simply falls over. "But I'm still working on that," assures the student.
However, Jonas has already been able to convince the jurors. His 400 hours, "which were really not always easy", were rewarded with the first prize in the field of technology. Jonas is beaming from ear to ear. He had already wished for this success, but it was never in the foreground. "For me, it's all about my personal sense of achievement," he has repeatedly emphasized from the very beginning. Now he even has both.
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The jury was particularly impressed by ten young researchers. As a reward, she gets first place in her department and a ticket to the state competitions in Straubing and Dingolfing.
The winner was René Burkart (16) from the Schongau secondary school with plastics made from milk and egg. Ann Sophie Kracker (16), Marie Schmidt (15) and Verena Wörner (16) from the Gymnasium Sonthofen took first place in the field of biology with the digestive examination of carnivorous plants. Max Burggraf (16) from Tutzing simulated a swarm of robots - and thus won first place in the mathematics/computer science category. His sister Hanna (14) won first place in the same category, but in the "Schüler Experimenten" category. Their heating system with its weather forecast was convincing. Alix Brodersen (16), Jonas Hofer (16) and Tobias Thienwiebel (16) from Illertissen won first place in the field of technology for a soccer robot. They share it with Jonas Scharpf (19) from the Technical University of Munich, who scored points with a human-like robot.