Results of the 1st Science Factor Competition in France
Their names are Laura, Julia, Leo and Patrick, they are winners of the 1st Science Factor competition, which aimed to stimulate the interest of students including high school girls in science and technology by proposing a project or invention / innovation.
The results of this contest chaired by Ms. Claudie Haigneré, President of Universcience, doctor, politician and French astronaut, were unveiled Wednesday, April 4, 2012, as part of ‘Operation Sensational 2012’.
The project "Sediment in Seyne," winner of 1st Science Factor
The aim of this project was to offer a solution to the polluted sediment that is found in Toulon harbor. It suggests an ingenious technique using a porous membrane to block the pollution.
It was undertaken by Julia, Léo, Patrick and Laura, the team leader who impressed the judges and audience with her maturity, confidence and composure. According to the jury Laura certainly has a bright and promising future ahead of her!
What made the difference? Claudie Haigneré admitted that it had been a difficult choice for the judges. She praised the quality of the projects presented and the general involvement of pupils in the Science Factor competition: “Well done for having applied yourselves so well, we are very proud of you!” she declared. The members of the Sediment in the Seyne project showed a particularly strong team spirit, working together with their science teacher to whom the pupils have expressed their gratitude. They have also been able to create a network and establish links with laboratories, and they have undertaken organized benchmarking and detailed research into the companies and industrialists in the sector. Eric Barilland, Director of Employer Image and Communication at Orange and member of the Science Factor panel, expressed that he had been really impressed by the success and maturity of this project, and by its young members who exceeded the expectations of the judges.
Claudie Haigneré ended with a strong message about the need to drop stereotypes. She said that at every level people can break down prejudices about the science industry and innovation, which aren’t a male prerogative and which offer a very wide range of exciting professions. She noted that the weight of these stereotypes was so rooted in our habits and collective unconscious that even in the expositions that she organizes through Universcience, she could see that they were always present. Hence the voice that welcomes you is always female whereas the voice that explains the technical elements is always male.
Science Factor plays its part in how the world develops and its progress, by encouraging young people, boys as well as girls, to take an interest in science, by showing how it can be exciting and can open many professional opportunities. As a partner of Science Factor, Orange plays a part in this approach because the company offers a very rich and varied range of careers that sometimes aren’t well known to young students. The Orange jobs website has been developed with this in mind to make the opportunities that the company presents available to everyone, especially in scientific fields.
Science Factor reveals the talent of high school students
Launched in October 2011 by Global Contact, the competition aimed to stimulate interest among high school students in science and technology by inviting them to present their projects, and what they would dream to do when they have graduated.
Students had to work together in a team led by a girl, they had to present their project and highlight its positive societal, economic or environmental impact. All, projects were registered on Facebook Science Factor and projects were open for the votes of surfers.
Fifteen projects were presented in 2012. Three were selected for the final round and presented to a jury, chaired by Ms. Claudie Haigneré, President of Universcience.
Winners of Sensational 2012
The award ceremony took place as part of Sensational 2012, the national event which brought together several hundred students in Paris, Montpellier, IBM, and Thales in Cannes to allow of high school students to meet some high-level scientific researchers and business people in companies that during the next years want to recruitment young scientists.
The event was sponsored by the Ministries of Education and Research, Orange FT and Syntec, and organized in partnership with the Student organization Letudiant and France Televisions.
Preparations for the next edition of Science Factor will begin in September 2012!