Discover a new Path: Explore Germany

The Goethe-Institut selected twelve winners out of more than 150 applicants. For these 12 STEMtastics, the adventure started on November 27, 2015 in Chicago. They explored the Windy City and the famous deep-dish pizza and prepared for the trip with a crash course in German language and culture at the Goethe-Institut Chicago. 

The first station on their journey was Berlin, where a visit to the museum “Story of Berlin” introduced the group to Berlin’s history from the beginnings to the cold war and a walk up the coppola of the Reichstag building showed them the modern city. 

The next days were dedicated to the sciences in Berlin and its surroundings. First, the group explored weather observation data and climate impact research in the Wissenschaftspark Albert Einstein, in Potsdam, and saw earth from a new perspective. In the Institute for Bionics and Evolutionary Research of the Technical University Berlin, students became really interested in methods and subjects of evolutionary research and its practical uses. In spite of time restrictions, students had a chance to gain a first impression of the German capital and its history and study its culinary habits in the Currywurst Museum. 

The journey continued to the VW-Autostadt where the German host siblings were waiting for the group. Following a short guided tour, the German and American students explored the Autostadt and became acquainted with each other. The next day, the German hosts took their American guests to their school with them. The young Americans participated in classes and leaned about everyday life in the Wilhelmgymnasium, a specially recognized STEM school. Following their day of learning, the principal invited all guests to a reception in their honor. 

In the afternoon, the American group and the German students visited the Universität Braunschweig. A doctoral student in the department of business informatics introduced them to his research project, in the lab they conducted experiments, and in the Institut for Medical Informatics students learned how computers can benefit the elderly. 

The last research institution on the program was the German Aerospace Center in Braunschweig. There, the group learned about challenges and successes of the Rosetta Mission from Professor Block. Later they could prove their skills in driving or constructing model planes in the student lab. They also had a chance to test the Simulators: flying an airbus, landing a helicopter and guiding a pilot from the tower to his runway. The evening offered a chance for the Americans and their host families to explore Braunschweig and its Christmas market. 

Early the next day, the American guests had to say good-bye to their newly found German friends to continue their travels to Cologne. After a few hours of sightseeing, students toured the chocolate museum. They learned about the history of chocolate and followed the change from cocoa bean to candy bar. Tasting samples sweetened the last evening in Germany because the next day, the group returned home to the US.

The Winners!

Ashwin Datta © Ashwin Datta Ashwin Datta, Glencoe High School, Hillsboro, OR
Protection for Devices on NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover

Ema Parker © Ema Parker Ema Parker, West High School, Salt Lake City, UT
Tinia: A Buoyancy Driven Atmospheric Glider

Emily Ethington © Emily Ethington Emily Ethington, Perry High School, Gilbert, AZ 
The Effects of Ash on Paint's Flammability

Jamese Mangum © Jamese Mangum Jamese Mangum, Washington Math Science Technology PCHS, Washington D.C. 
Freezing Salts

Kavya Anjur © Kavya Anjur Kavya Anjur, Metea Valley High School, Aurora, IL
Pharmacological Effects of Clozapine on GABAergic Systems and Related Secondary Structural Changes in 5-HT2CR: of significance to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and cognitive deficits in schizophrenia

Nikhil Patel © Nikhil Patel Nikhil Patel, Parkway Oviedo High School, Oviedo, FL 
Craniometrix: Using Sensory Dissonance to Identify Alzheimer's Early, Year 4

Noah Donald © Noah Donald Noah Donald, Mount Lebanon High School, Pittsburgh, PA 
The Water Cycler

Omar Saracevic © Omar Saracevic Omar Saracevic, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA 
Nanobots: The Future of Heart Attack Treatment

Pranav Ganapathy © Pranav Ganapathy Pranav Ganapathy, Centennial High School, Ellicott City, MD 
MMP1 Expression in Human Colon Cancer Cells

Satvika Kumar © Satvika Kumar Satvika Kumar, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA 
Optimal Neurotrophic Factors for Nerve Regeneration

Xiaotian Zhang © Xiaotian Zhang Xiaotian Zhang, Staples High School, Westport, CT 
Synthesis, Characterization, and Application of Noble Metal Alloy Nanoparticles to Proton Exchange Membrane Duel Cells for Enhanced Catalytic Activity

Yinzhi Dong © Yinzhi Dong Yinzhi Dong, William P Clements High School, Sugar Land, TX 
Tilings of Different Soccer Balls on Various Manifolds