(Berlin/Frankfurt am Main, 8.11.2022) In their search for young talents who enjoy science, mathematics and technology, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the technology organization VDE rely on the practice-oriented, nationwide INVENT a CHIP competition for school students. They have now chosen the winners at the Futurium in Berlin on the occasion of the MICROELECTRONICS FOR FUTURE Summit organized by VDE and ZVEI. The winners developed a chip to control a solar tracker and set their own creative priorities.
Mikhail Soldatov (16) from the Herder-Gymnasium in Berlin won 1st place with a prize money of 2,000 euros, Jonas Mayer (18) from the Gymnasium Überlingen came in 2nd place with a prize money of 1,500 euros. Prize money of 1,000 euros went to the third-place winner, Mattis Bergmann (16) from Goethegymnasium in Hildesheim, as well as to Felix Kröhnert (17) from Friedrich-Schiller-Gymnasium in Marbach, who took fourth place.
Microchips are little all-rounders
State-of-the-art microchips and their design are indispensable for technological progress. Whether it's the energy turnaround with photovoltaic and wind systems, electromobility, smartphones or e-bikes, there are hardly any innovations without these little all-rounders. Microelectronics is regarded as the driving force behind the technological lead in Germany and Europe. Young talent is therefore particularly in demand. In order to reduce one-sided dependencies on supply chains, the company's own production capacities are to be increased in the future.
Around 1,000 students from general and vocational schools in grades 9 to 13 from all over Germany took part in the current 21st round of the INVENT a CHIP competition. In addition to a quiz on microelectronics, the IaC Challenge was on the agenda. Practical tasks from the field of engineering and complex microelectronics topics characterize this challenge. For this, the 25 best participants started their own chip design for the first time in a four-day workshop. Ansgar Hinz, Chairman of the Board of the VDE: "The ambitious participants were given their own FPGA board, as used by professional chip designers. Through the experience in the competition with tasks 'from practice, for practice', we want to inspire young people for professions in the natural sciences and technical fields. It's about the Next Generation and qualified specialists, in other words, nothing less than our technological future."