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Embassy gave out special prizes at young inventors' competition

08.12.2016  13:59
On Tuesday, 6 December 2016 in Mektory in Tallinn the national prizes and special prizes were handed out to the winners and their supervisors of the competition for young inventors and the video contest "Estonia Is Looking for Inventor", organised by Estonian Research Agency, Estonian Public Broadcasting and the Republic of Estonia 100. Danish Embassy also handed over its special prizes.

The competition 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 works are evaluated in three age groups: imaginative ideas are expected from pupils in the 1st-4th grades, ideas with technical solutions from students of the 5th-9th grades, and ideas from the 10th-12th grade students should be possible to realise in practice. A total of 902 inventions from 932 authors were presented to the competition this year. National monetary prizes for the winners in three age groups were handed over by the President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid.

The Danish Embassy’s special prizes did in younger age group go to Otto Seppel for his "nutcracker", in the middle age group to Kirke Liis Kokamägi for her bicycle handlebar with fingerprint detection, and in the older age group to Hans Anniste for his signal buoy. The prizes were handed out by counsellor David Schjerlund.

Special prizes were handed out also by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Energy Discovery Centre, Science Centre AHHAA, The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in cooperation with the Estonian Patent Office, Tallinn University of Technology’s technology school Mektory and children's science magazine "My World". In addition, the winner of the joint prize of the American Embassy and the Estonian Research Council – participation in the world's largest student science fair Intel ISEF (The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair) in the USA – was announced. The winner was Hans Anniste with his invention signal buoy.
This year's contest was held in cooperation with Estonian Public Broadcasting and Republic of Estonia 100 organising team and from amongst the participants were selected 40 children (aged 6-12), of whom short documentaries will be made from Estonia’s 100th anniversary.

More info about young inventors’ competition  and this year’s winners (in Estonian) can be found at the website of Estonian Research Council. View also gallery from the event and an overview of some winning works on the website of Estonian Public Broadcasting. 

David Schjerlund hands the prize to Otto Seppel.

David Schjerlund hands the prize to Kirke Liis Kokamägi.

David Schjerlund hands the prize to Hans Anniste.

(from left) Hans Anniste, Kirke Liis Kokamägi and Otto Seppel

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. Each year the most exciting ideas are collected into a poster exhibition, which travels into schools around the year.

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