Science on the Move 2021

We are moving into the sixth edition of our nation-wide class competition!

High School classes from all over Switzerland will battle it out for a top prize of a Science Week abroad. The program promotes and requires the skills of a creative group of high school students. May the best school class with the most scientific curiosity and enthusiasm win.

What is Science on the Move?

Launched in 2011, Science on the Move is a biannual, nationwide science competition for upper secondary school classes in Switzerland. The programme promotes scientific curiosity, enthusiasm and teamwork. The competition is open to schools in all regions of Switzerland. Nearly 3,200 students have participated in the tournament since its launch.

The first phase of the competition is dedicated to research and experimental work and documentation of the results. Only the ten best classes proceed then to the second phase where they prepare a creative stage performance presenting their results and experiences.

The winning class is then selected by a jury of experts from science, education and industry.

What is new in this year's edition?

This year's competition takes a different path. Instead of performing experiments on a specified subject, student teams are asked to design an innovative project that improves our society. It may apply for example to sustainability, social life, management of resources ... The project may lead to a scientific result, a technical invention or an innovation in terms of interactions in society. It may encompass a product, a procedure or a whole system and can originate from the fields of chemistry, biology, electronics, informatics ... or a combination thereof. There may also be an interdisciplinary collaboration with a second teacher of subjects like economy or history.

The project can be implemented if it is feasible on a classroom scale. But a "visionary" project is also possible. The class will present its concept in detail and think about the feasibility.

Detailed information will be given at registration.

What do we mean with "smart system"?

Smart systems, in an engineering context, are largely self-regulating installations with inbuilt control mechanisms and feedback loops. Nature, of course, has known such intelligent systems for a long time: every organism is in constant interaction with its environment, and the concentrations of molecules and ions within a cell are kept in a steady state equilibrium.

We want to address this topic in a broader sense. Problems from various disciplines can be approached by designing systems with “smart” properties: Think not only of smart homes or circular economy, but also of aquaponics, upcycling, or apps that facilitate resource allocation or bring volunteers together. A more detailed description of relevant examples will be coming soon.

 

Location

The classes will prepare their contributions in their classroom, at school or wherever they see fit. The Final Event on 4 June 2021 will take place in Kaiseraugst/Basel.

Timeline

Start application period November 2020
Application deadline January 15, 2021

Phase 1 - Challenge

Publication Task February 8, 2021
Closing date (submission of project documentation) April 1, 2021
Selection of the top 10 classes April 6 - 16, 2021

Phase 2 - Preparation Stage Performance & Final Event

Announcement of the top 10 classes April 16, 2021
Stage performance & winner selection (Final Event) June 4, 2021
Winning class: science trip to London Sept 5-11, 2021

   

To get an idea about "Science on the Move"...

 

Science on the Move 2021

Please note that since the film was made, the focus of this year's competition has shifted. Instead of performing experiments on a specified subject, student teams are asked to develop their own ideas for a smart system. Of course, this may also include the performance of experiments. The film, however, illustrates nicely the spirit of the competition and gives a short summary of its structure.

Watch the playlist with the winners of the Best Performance Award from 2013 onwards.

This was "Science on the Move 2019"

Winners

Second place

Class 2bMN from Kantonsschule Stadelhofen
The runner-up in the competition won a 3-day science trip in Switzerland.

Third place

Class 3 BIC from Liceo Lugano 1
This class won a 2-day science trip in Switzerland.

Media Coverage

This was "Science on the Move 2017"

Winners

Second place

Class 3AB from Gymnasium Kirschgarten
The runner-up in the competition won a 3-day science trip in Switzerland and wrote a report about their experiences.

Third place

Class 18gC from Gymnasium Thun
This class won a 2-day science trip in Switzerland.

Media Coverage

This was "Science on the Move 2015"

 

Winners

 

Second place

Class 3i from Gymnasium Bäumlihof, Basel-Stadt
The runner-up in the competition won a 3-day science trip in Switzerland and wrote a report about their experiences.

 

Third place

Class 4E Kantonsschule Zug
This class won a 3-day science trip in Switzerland. The report will follow soon...

 

Media Coverage

This was "Science on the Move 2013"
This was "Science on the Move 2011"

Tasks 2011
These are the three tasks, the participating classes had to solve in 2011:


Project Portfolio 2011
This portfolio gives you an overview of the class competition in 2011.
It was compiled and provided by the teacher of the winning class of Science on the Move 2011.

 

 

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