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Sixth “xplore New Automation Award 2015” educational competition


xplore New Automation Award 2015

The atmosphere at the Innovation Center Electronics in Bad Pyrmont was charged with both excitement and celebration as the winners of the six categories in the “xplore New Automation Award 2015” competition were announced.

The winner of the Buildings category was the team from Vocational School 2 in Wolfsburg with its wind-powered house with fully automatic control. In the Education category, students from Vocational School 1 in Mainz impressed with their “Tominator”, an automated goalkeeper that uses sensors to determine the location of the ball. The Environment category was won by a South African team from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology with its automatic solar cooker. In the Factory category, students from the Sino-German University of Applied Sciences, Tongji University China, took first place with the development of a wireless 3D printer. The team of students from the secondary school in Steinheim won the Inspiring Engineers category with a greenhouse with fully automatic control, which features a touch panel that allows users to make manual settings. In the Recreation category, a team from the University of Ghent in Belgium impressed with a roulette table. Its main operating element is a screen that provides the croupier with all the necessary information.

“The sheer innovation of each project and the high standard achieved by all the teams made the decision a difficult one. The results are of the highest class,” enthused Klaus Hengsbach, Head of Teaching at Phoenix Contact and competition organizer, praising the students' and graduates' hard work. 33 groups from 14 countries, including teams from the USA, China, Singapore, and South Africa, presented their creative, ingenious automation solutions to the seven jury members from the science and business fields as well as various associations. The results were on display for an entire day. Phoenix Contact provided each group with products to a value of up to €4000 to bring their projects to life. The competition gives young people the opportunity to put their innovative ideas into practice and strengthens their enthusiasm for technology.

On 14th April, the winners will be presented with their awards at the Hannover Messe by its patron, Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister of Economics and Technology. Information about the schedule and the projects can be found on the competition's homepage at

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