Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Press Release 18/2008

Young People Are Doing Research

Cooperation with the Hector Seminar: Institutes Are Familiarizing Talented Pupils with Science
Object of research: The Rubik cube is in the focus of one project.
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Eleven teams will present their projects briefly and answer the questions of fellow pupils, parents, teachers, and scientists. From the construction of a racing car to experiments with optical pincers, various topics are studied by the pupils coming from senior grades of secondary schools. Over a duration of six to twelve months, they are instructed by scientists when developing a group theory for the Rubik cube or measuring the stress of pupils and students. Other projects focus on the reconstruction of properties of a flying saurian, science journalism, three-dimensional presentation of buildings, and on intelligent computer games.

The Hector Seminar is a project to promote talented and gifted pupils in mathematics, information science, natural science, and engineering. It is conducted at Heidelberg, Karlsruhe, and Mannheim. Since 2000, the Hector Foundation has been funding the seminar in cooperation with the Oberschulamt Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe Supervisory School Authority). The Foundation is named after Hans-Werner Hector.

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) represents the merger of the Universität Karlsruhe with the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe. Altogether, it has 8000 employees and an annual budget of 700 million Euros.

The KIT will be an institution of internationally excellent research and teaching in natural and engineering sciences. KIT shall attract the best experts from all over the world, set new standards in teaching and promotion of young scientists, and establish the leading European center in the field of energy research. KIT will assume a leading role in nanosciences worldwide. It is the objective of KIT to be one of the most important cooperation partners of industry.

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Dr. Elisabeth Zuber-Knost
Press Officer
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