Competition Of Young Scientists

Many students interested in science from all European Schools participated in the European Schools Science Symposium (ESSS). It was held in Luxembourg between 22nd to 25th April 2018. This competition was hosted by the local European School Luxembourg II. About 95 pupils from 14 European schools presented a total number of 46 projects.

Ten Secondary School pupils from the German and Italian language sections from our school participated this time. They presented the following projects:(1) Cecilia Eufe, Francesca Scholz (s3it): "Worldcolibri"2) Arturo Luciani, Ruben Pittoru (s5it): "Detection of field lines of the electromagnetic field in three dimensions". (3) Felix Engelhardt, Nicolas Riccio, Simon Stenger (s6en): "ALBS - Automatic Luggage Brake System".(4) Katarina Juhart, Sofia Quitter, Leandra Zinke (s6en): "Antibacterial silver-nanoparticle coating".

The symposium started on Sunday evening with the official opening ceremony, at which all participants were welcomed by the Director of the Secondary School, Per Frithiofson and the European School Biology Inspector, Max Wolff. We then listened to a presentation entitled "The Rosetta mission" by Andrea Accomazzo (ESA). The ES Luxembourg II School Orchestra provided the musical framework. Thereafter, we were taken by bus to the youth hostel, where we moved into our rooms and had dinner. Monday started off with a bus ride to school.

In the morning, all students presented their posters and the presentation to the jury members and answered various questions about their projects. The jury then had to decide, which projects would be selected for the final round. In the afternoon, the juniors (s2 - s4) went on an excursion to the National Mining Museum of Rumelange and the seniors (s5 to s7) paid a visit to the "Science Center Luxembourg", a newly opened facility for students to become more familiar with the natural sciences. First, we attended an experimental lecture on physical phenomena with the active involvement of our students.

Afterwards, everyone had the opportunity to carry out various physical experiments themselves. Later, we went back to the youth hostel for dinner. The finalists were then announced; five projects each from the juniors and the seniors. The young scientists of the ESM were very happy to learn that one of our projects was among the selected ones. The evening was rounded off with a scientific quiz. For Katarina, Leandra and Sofia, however, it was another round of intensive preparation for the presentation the following day.

On the morning of the following day, the finalists presented their projects in front of the entire panel of judges as well as all the participants from the other European Schools. The students had to answer the questions of all those present - not an easy task, but our three girls managed it very well. In the afternoon, a city tour and a visit to the Natural History Museum, an impressive scientific collection, was on the agenda. At the evening's "Physikanten-Show", we experienced pure physics for two hours, but in a tongue-in-cheek manner, designed by professionals. It was a very amusing and at the same time instructive end of the day.

The closing ceremony took place on the last day of the symposium. Some short speeches were given by Mrs. Leene Soekov (Deputy Director Lux II) and the Deputy Secretary General of the European Schools, in which the speakers thanked and congratulated all organisers and participants for their achievements and for making this event a successful one. Afterwards the eagerly awaited award ceremony took place. Katarina, Leandra and Sofia won the first prize for seniors with their project "Antibacterial silver-nanoparticle coating". Congratulations! They will visit the European Schools in Dublin in September at the 30th European Union Contest for Young Scientist (EUCYS). We wish them the best of luck!

In the afternoon we returned to Munich with many new and lasting impressions.