Luxembourg wins youth science award in Hong Kong
(CS) A science project by a teenager from Luxembourg earned the Grand Duchy first prize in the international section of this year's China Adolescent Science and Technology Innovation Contest in Hong Kong.
The 30th edition of CASTIC took place in Hong Kong saw around 500 teenagers and young people from China, Hong Kong, Macau and countries around the world present science and innovation projects at AsiaWorld-Expo.
Luxembourg was one of 12 international participants, with other countries including Germany, Sweden, India and Brazil.
Despite the stiff competition, pint-sized Luxembourg was the big winner among the international competitors, winning first prize in the international participants category this week.
European school student Niccolo Hurst was able to convince the judges with his force measuring helmet.
The 16-year-old has developed a prototype helmet, which measures the force of impact in case of an accident. This is aimed at helping doctors treating patients with head injuries by providing more information about the circumstances of the accident.
Niccolo was selected to represent Luxembourg in Hong Kong at the local science fair organised by the “Jonk Fuerscher” (Young Scientists) earlier this year.
The “Jonk Fuerscher” host an annual science fair, inviting teenagers and young people to present independently researched projects. The aspiring researchers receive help from the organisation, for example for laboratory space, as well as the chance to move on to regional and international science fairs to present their work. Up to three people can work on one project.
Find out more about the Young Scientists on jonk-fuerscher.lu