There is no other competition on Earth quite like Invent a Chip - budding developers create solutions ranging from smart chip-controlled workstations and microchip-controlled curtains that automatically safeguard against excessive sunshine right through to intelligent beehives that use state-of-the-art chips to enable beekeepers to automatically monitor measurement data such as temperature, flight behavior and humidity from a distance.
More than 2,000 schoolchildren aged around 13 to 18 from general and vocational schools participated in the competition, which the VDE and BMBF staged for the 17th time this year. Over 3,000 schools from the whole of Germany were invited to take part. Choosing from numerous entries, the judging panel nominated the ten best teams of schoolchildren, who can now take part in a workshop at the Institute of Microelectronic Systems (IMS) at the Leibniz Universität Hannover. "They learn first-hand from experts how to read out sensors, control actuators and implement their projects with freely programmable logic gates - the first steps when designing microchips," explains Ansgar Hinz, the Chief Executive Officer of VDE. The chosen teams now have until mid-September to implement their projects. Awards for the best ideas and projects will be handed out at the VDE Tec Summit on November 13 and 14 in Berlin, where the young researchers will have the chance to present their results to prestigious economists, scientists and politicians.