Schoolgirl wins the “Jugend forscht” regional prize with geological investigation

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A schoolgirl from Hof wins first prize in the regional competition “Jugend forscht” in Upper Franconia with the support of the Chair of Geology at the Friedrich Alexander University (FAU) in Erlangen.

Sarah Fritsche wins a special prize at the regional competition “Jugend forscht” in Upper Franconia with her seminar paper “Untersuchung regionaler Gesteinsproben hinsichtlich ihrer Wärmeleitfähigkeitkeit” (Investigation of regional rock samples regarding their thermal conductivity). The student of the 12th grade of the Johann-Christian-Reinhart High School in Hof wins the first place in the department of Geo- and Spatial Sciences.

In the practical part of her work, Sarah Fritsche investigated the thermal conductivity of igneous and metamorphic rocks from Franconia at the GeoZentrum Nordbayern. Metamorphic rocks show a different thermal conductivity depending on the direction of their schistosity. In addition, she compared the functioning of the different deep geothermal energy processes and considered the status of the application of enhanced geothermal systems (EGS). The focus was on the state of research and the public perception.

We are proud that we were able to support Sarah Fritsche in her seminar work and wish her every success in the next round, the regional competition in Munich!