A visit of BAM was one of the prizes for the winners of this year's Jugend forscht (Young Researchers) contest in the physics category. Matthias Grützner, Julian Egbert and Arne Geipel from the Herder Secondary School in Berlin came out on top of 178 students who submitted 107 research projects. And they brought a special gift: flowers from a water jet.
In their research project "The flower from the water jet", the three students investigated patterns that arise when a water jet hits a rough surface. In doing so, they found surprisingly regular patterns that reminded them of the interior of a sunflower. The three young physicists succeeded in accurately explaining the emergence of the spiral-like structures: they found that tiny bumps on the surface contribute to breaking-up the water. They also succeeded in theoretically describing the phenomenon and then confirmed it through experimentation. The jury particularly praised the innovative approach, the complete penetration of the phenomenon and the clear presentation of the project.
BAM president Prof. Dr. Ulrich Panne personally welcomed the three young scientists and congratulated them on their success. Afterwards, they received a glimpse into the daily work of a modern departmental research institute: Dr. Jörg Dengel from the Explosives division presented BAM’s activities in pyrotechnics testing. Then they visited Dr. Rüdiger Plarre from the Biodeterioration and Reference Organisms division. Finally, they toured the Technical Properties of Polymeric Materials division, where Dr. Simone Krüger talked about current research projects in the field of fire science.
About Jugend forscht
Stiftung Jugend forscht e. V conducts more than 110 competitions every year to help young people become interested in mathematics, IT, natural sciences and technology (MINT), to discover talents at an early stage and to purposefully support them. The competition is aimed at children and young people under 21. Jugend forscht is a competition for ideas in which the participants themselves look for a project involving scientific, technical or mathematical methods. One million euros are awarded for each round. About a quarter of a million young researchers have been involved in the competitions since its foundation in 1965. Jugend forscht is a joint initiative of the German Federal Government, Stern magazine, business and scientific communities and schools. It is financed by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).
With around 250 partners from business and the scientific communities, the Jugend forscht network is the largest public-private partnership of its kind in Germany. More than 5,000 teachers support Jugend forscht as project supervisors and competition directors on a voluntary basis, and more than 3000 teachers, university lecturers and industrial experts participate in the juries. The federal final at the end of May is the highlight of the competition.