Participants in “Jugend forscht”

Did You Know…

…that ZEISS Supports Young Researchers?

Smartphones and tablet PCs are the proof: the mouse and keyboard will soon be obsolete, and data will be entered via touchscreen instead. While the use of two fingers at the same time is the current state of the art, students have now developed an interactive desk with a multi-touch surface that can respond to up to 55 fingers at a time. Three 18-year-old students of Jena’s Ernst Abbe High School designed and constructed the “fantasTABLE.” They were supported in this endeavor by ZEISS.

The table was fully functional when the high school students participated in the “Jugend forscht” (“Youth Researchers”) competition. In southeast Thuringia’s regional competition, which took place in Saalfeld on 14-15 February, they won first prize. They will now be participating in the state competition of Thuringia at Jena High School on 22 and 23 March.

Students in Baden-Württemberg are diligently working on their research projects as well. The east Württemberg regional competition took place on the premises of the sponsor ZEISS in Oberkochen on 10 and 11 February. The Max Planck High School in Heidenheim was the main winner, receiving the Carl Zeiss School Award, a special honor for the most active and most successful school in the competition. Three of the school’s students received the regional award in the “working world” category for their fully-automated parking assistant. They were able to prove the viability of their solution using a Lego model car, with which they will now be entering in the national competition to be held in Fellbach from 28 to 30 March.

Of course, both winning teams are looking to make it to the final round. The 47th national “Jugend forscht” competition will take place from 17 to 20 May in Erfurt. Likewise, it will be financially supported by ZEISS through the national sponsor, the STIFT Technology Foundation.

22 February 2012