The Berlin student Amon Schumann achieved a great success at the world’s largest scientific school competition in the USA: The research project “Around the world in 80 days – small probes on a big mission” of the 17-year-old, who is currently at the Robert-Havemann-Gymnasium in Pankow graduating from high school was awarded a total of six awards in Atlanta, Georgia. This was announced by the education administration on Friday.
The “Jugend forscht” national winner of 2021 won the Craig R. Barrett Award for Innovation, which is endowed with 10,000 US dollars. The Berlin student was honored here for his innovative concept, which changes the usual methods of measuring weather data – namely using a solar-powered probe developed by Amon Schumann himself, which circumnavigates the world and delivers weather data in the process. He also received first prize in the subject Engineering Technology: Statics
Amon Schumann also received the $10,000 IEEE Foundation Presidents’ Scholarship Award, the second $1,000 special award from the American Meteorological Society (AMS), an award from the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST ) combined with prize money of 1,200 US dollars and a one-year student membership in the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE).
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Education Senator Astrid-Sabine Busse (SPD) congratulated Amon Schumann “on this great success”. She emphasized that the competition gives special recognition to “expressly technical innovations that benefit all of mankind”.
More than 1,800 young MINT talents from 80 countries took part in the renowned Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (Regeneron ISEF). MINT stands for mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology.
Amon Schumann’s competition work emerged from the “Strato Project” (stratospheric balloon for recording environmental measurement data in the airspace over Berlin), which has been running at the Robert-Havemann-Gymnasium since 2019. Under the direction of the maths and physics teacher Alexander Stendal, the students of a working group develop and optimize stratospheric balloons for recording environmental measurement data up to a height of 40 km above Berlin.