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Danish Embassy recognized young inventors

16.12.2014  11:58
On Thursday, 11 December 2014 in Tallinn’s Energy Discovery Centre the winners of student inventors’ competition and the students’ supervisors received national prizes and special awards, amongst those special awards from Danish Embassy.

The competition, organised by Estonian Research Council, aims to develop young people's creativity and innovative thinking, to guide students to recognize problems around them and to seek solutions to those. The competition expected imaginative ideas from children in the 1st-4th grades, ideas with technical solutions from students of the 5th-9th grades, and realistically achievable ideas from the 10th-12th grade students. A total of 872 inventions from 695 authors were presented to the competition this year.

Danish Ambassador Søren Kelstrup is glad for such a large participation. He says: "The Danish Embassy is pleased to recognize young inventors who propose their ideas to change the world for the better."

The Danish Embassy awarded Rego Jürgenson (1st-4th grade) for his work "Computer with pedals", Jan Erik Konksi (5th-9th grade) for his work "Ice Crasher" and Felix Voolaid (10th-12th grade) for his work "SmartPods". The Ambassador encouraged all young people to continue improving the world with their inventions and participating in the biennial design contest in Denmark "INDEX: Design to Improve Life".

National monetary prizes for the winners in three age groups were handed over by the President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves. In addition the Estonian representative for the world's largest youth science fair Intel ISEF in USA was announced. An award for the author of the best idea in IT field of was handed out  the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, special award were also given out by US Embassy, Energy Discovery Centre and Science Centre AHHAA.

Estonian Research Council carries out activities which help to generate interest in young people in science, technology, mathematics and engineering. National competitions for school students have been organized since 2008. During this time children and young people have sent in more than 4,600 ideas. Each year the most exciting ideas are collected into a poster exhibition, which travels into schools around the year.

Read more on the contest and this year's winners of the Estonian Research Council’s website (in Estonian).

Rego Jürgenson (4th grade) (Photo: Danish Embassy)

Jan Erik Konksi (9th grade) (Photo: Aavo Kaine)

 Felix Voolaid (11th grade) (Photo: Aavo Kaine)

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