Pupils develop sustainable greenhouses and solve challenges related to energy production with self-programmed robots
Beaming winners at the zdi robot competition
The students of the “Great BauMeister” team from the Buer-Mitte comprehensive school in Gelsenkirchen are the winners of this year’s zdi robot competition in the Robot Game category in the age group
further training. “That was pretty exciting. We were way ahead. But it didn't always look as if we would make 1st place," beams a team member from the "Great Builders". In the elementary school age group, the “Rochus” team at the KGS Rochus School in Bonn was delighted with first place.
There were also five teams in the Robo-Performance category at the final. First place in the elementary school age group went to the “Team Siegtal” team from GGS Siegtal in Hennef. The "Grembots" team from the Gymnasium Rheinkamp Europaschule in Moers prevailed in the secondary schools with their story on the subject of sustainable energy.
The four winning teams were delighted with their prizes: in addition to a trophy and a medal, the winners received prize money of 600 euros, which they can use for other MINT activities. The second and third placed teams will receive 500 and 400 euros respectively.
In a total of 25 local and regional competitions, more than 1.000 students fought their way to the final. The children and young people competed in two categories (robot game and robot performance) and two age groups (primary school and secondary schools). Under the motto "Power up - don't be a fossil!" the robots in the teams solved challenges in energy generation, energy transport and energy management.
Successful MINT promotion of young talent!
Prof. Dr. Hans-Ulrich Baumgarten, Head of Department at the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (MKW), accepted the award from the winners and was enthusiastic about the inventiveness of the students. "I am very happy about the large number of young people from all over NRW who took part with creative ideas. The teams on site showed today how much creativity, motivation, ingenuity and MINT enthusiasm there is in their projects - this applies to teams in the zdi robot competition as well as to the teams in the first zdi Science League. The final rounds of the two competitions are great examples of successful MINT promotion of young talent!” says Prof. Baumgarten.
Since 2006, the MKW has been organizing the robot competition as part of future through innovation.NRW (zdi). The zdi-Science League was tested in a pilot season for the first time this year.
Best teams of the first zdi Science League awarded
The zdi Science League started its pilot season in January. Since then, teams from NRW have been working on an urban farming task with the aim of building a sustainable greenhouse. The participants were thus given the opportunity to experience a completely new form of promoting young MINT talent: open tasks and a long-term examination of a topic, in teamwork at that, convey a holistic impression of the future topic of urban farming and the MINT field.
On June 17, 2023, the final day of the zdi-Science League took place in Mülheim an der Ruhr. The teams could present their projects and score final points. In particular, the “Hammer Engineers” team from Hamm was able to convince the jury with their greenhouse and harvest radishes live on site. At the end of the season they led the table with 47,12 points. The teams "cool.MINT Paderborn" from Paderborn and "JAG Bottrop" from Bottrop finished in second and third place with a difference of only 0,2 points.
"The nice thing about the Science League is that it's not an elbow competition. It's more about the process, the motivation and the path. And about taking everyone with you to the end if possible. That should be a much more integral part of education: delving into a subject together in teams and initiating a joint project,” says dr Petr Tluka, member of the Science League jury and project manager in the field of energy management at the NRW state initiative Energy4Climate.
The prize money totaling 10.000 euros was made available by Infineon Technologies AG, whose company spokesman NRW, Jörg Malzon-Jessen, also served on the Science League jury. “For us, as a semiconductor company that is also active in the field of renewable energies, it is of course essential to start funding. We would like to make appropriate offers to make the topics that concern us as a company understandable," he explains the commitment.
Results zdi robot competition 2023 & zdi Science League 2023
- RochusBOTS, KGS Rochus School, Bonn
- Code Juniors, Steinheim Primary School, Steinheim
- The cool robogamers, Catholic elementary school Westerloh, Delbrück
- GalenBots 2, von Galen School Oeding, Südlohn-Oeding
- Gilbach red, Gilbach school, Rommerskirchen
- Great builders, comprehensive school Buer-Mitte, Gelsenkirchen
- BeisenRobo, Beisenkamp High School Hamm, Hamm
- Code Attack, Gymnasium Steinheim, Steinheim
- Pius Robots, Pius High School Aachen, Aachen
- Adeptus Mechanicus, Collegium Josephinum, Bonn
- LEGO Creators 2, High School of the city of Meschede, Meschede
- 3,2,1 – minds, private grammar schools Schloss Buldern, Dülmen-Buldern
- PascalBots, Pascal Gymnasium Grevenbroich, Grevenbroich
- Usainbot, Reinhard and Max Mannesmann High School, Duisburg
- TheOS, Theodorianum Gymnasium, Paderborn
- Team Siegtal, GGS Siegtal, Hennef
- KGS Blücherstrasse, KGS Blücherstrasse, Troisdorf
- GREMbots, Rheinkamp High School European School Moers, Moers
- Emerob, comprehensive school Emmerich, Emmerich on the Rhine
- GyHo Robot Club, Gymnasium Holthausen, hattingen
Teams of the zdi-Science League pilot season
- Hammer Engineers, Hamm
- cool.MINT Paderborn, Paderborn
- JAG Bottrop, Bottrop
- kebab connection, Coesfeld
- banana hunter, Coesfeld
- group incompetent, Coesfeld
- damp breeze, Coesfeld
- monkey gang, Coesfeld