The Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS)'s project "hands-on science" was awarded second place in the 2017 Award of the Anneliese and Heinz Frisch Foundation on Thursday, 16 November 2017.
Under the leadership of Dr. Sascha Vogel (FIAS), young scientists from all over Hesse have been involved in the "Hands-on Science" project for around four years. Their aim is to explain current research in different formats and to awaken the fun of science. At the centre of the project is an interactive experimental exhibition, where visitors of all ages can experiment and gain insight into current research.
This makes it child's play to understand how particle accelerators, large heavy ion physics experiments or our brain work.
With the project, which originated as part of the initiative "Hessen schafft Wissen" ("Hessen Creates Knowledge"), the researchers have already been involved in numerous schools, but also at major events such as Hessentag, the Frankfurt Book Fair or the Open House in the Bundesrat. The recipe for the success of "hands-on science" are the committed young scientists," says Dr. Sascha Vogel, head of the FIAS Graduate School and founder of the project. We attach great importance to our helpers doing research in the fields we present. They speak the language of children and adolescents, but they already have extensive specialist knowledge and above all show a real enthusiasm that is immediately transferred.
The sponsorship prize of the Anneliese and Heinz Frisch Foundation is a great appreciation of the team's work. The prize money of € 1,500 can be used to build new exhibits or to finance transport costs for additional visits to schools. For it is precisely here that demand is always greater than our financial resources."
This year, the Anneliese and Heinz Frisch Foundation has awarded a sponsorship prize for the first time, which is endowed with a total of 8,000 euros. The Foundation awarded prizes to four projects from the fields of "Education" and "Art and Culture", which focus on the interests of children and young people and improve their educational opportunities. The award ceremony was held by Anneliese and Heinz Frisch in person and took place on the premises of the Frankfurter Sparkasse foundation administration.
Further information and contact:
Contact: Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, Ruth-Moufang-Straße 1,60438 Frankfurt am Main.