The ESM had been some kind of "navel of natural sciences" between the 15th and the 18th March 2015, when about 150 students from 16 European Schools arrived in Munich to attend the XII European Schools Science Symposium. The participants had to present and defend a total of 53 research projects in front of an independent jury. In the end, prizes were awarded to the best ones. Students from our school presented the following four projects: (1) "Embracing Energy" - Benjamin Schöyer, Christian Teschemacher, Julian Wykowski (s5de), (2) "Copper Sulfate Solution Switch" - Jonathan Neeser, Daniel Sääw (s5de), (3) "Construction of a silent, handy pen" - Theodora Ispyrlidou, Maximilian Peschel, Luca Schinnerl (s7de), (4) "Rubik's Cube Solution Help" - Maria Mariggi (s7de).
The opening event of the symposium was held Sunday night in the Europahalle. All participants were warmly welcomed by the director of our school, Rudolph Ensing and by Rupert Plenk, representatives of the Parents' Association. We then listened to a very interesting and vivid presentation on "Finding and Investigating Earth's Twin" by Dr Robert Fosbury (Astronomer Emeritus at the ESO)". The ESM big band provided the musical entertainment. Thereafter, all participants had dinner in the cafeteria and then took a bus to their hotel.
Monday was dedicated to the project presentations. In the morning, the first half of the participants presented their results in front of a jury and answered their questions. There were four jury groups, made up a total of eight members of different institutions. The other half of the students did guided tours to the German Museum, the BMW World or the Allianz Arena. In the afternoon, the groups changed their activity programme, the one completing presentations went on an excursion and vice versa. In the evening, our students - especially from the French language section - showed the other participants their city during a stroll through Munich. The dinner was held in a Chinese restaurant where everyone could eat as they could. Everyone was eagerly waiting for the announcement of the ten finalists, which caused cheering in some, disappointment in others as they had hoped for more. Exhausted and tired, but satisfied, the participants returned at 10:00 p.m. back to the hotel.
In the morning of the following day, the finalists presented their projects again, but now in front of the entire jury and all the participants from the other European Schools. Around lunch time, buses for excursion to Berchtesgaden Salt Mine were waiting for us. After nearly two hours drive, we immediately changed our clothes and took the mine train over a distance of 1.4 km through the tunnels, an exciting ride underground. The participants then received interesting information about the development of the mining methods as well as about the further salt processing steps by means of multimedia presentations. The students then reached deeper into the pit to a salt lake by stairs or miners' slides, which we crossed by towing rope cable car. Back in broad day light, we took the bus home. The day was rounded off with a visit to a bowling center, enabling each group to do sports and have fun with together, while at the same time competing against each other.
On Wednesday morning, everyone went for breakfast at the European School Munich for the closing ceremony. Edouard Ries, the inspector of biology/chemistry, thanked the organisers and all the participants for the successful Science Symposium and officially announced that in the coming year 2016, the European School Brussels I will host the ESSS.
After a very informative and entertaining talk by the engineer Rüdiger Roehrig on "Sustainability and technology - friends or foes?", the award ceremony was held. There were three prizes awarded for junior and senior projects and one design prize. A prize for the best poster, which was selected by the participating students, was also given.
- The list of award-winning projects and their award winners can be found here!
In addition, all participants received a certificate and a medal as a reminder of the XII ESSS in Munich. The Munich participant Jonathan Neeser and Daniel Sääw won the poster prize. Congratulations!
The director of the Secondary School, Anton Hrovath, once again thanked all participants and concluded the event. These were exciting and eventful days in Munich.
Although the participants of our school were not among the winners, it is an incentive for us to be back next year with a new project.