7,000 Visitors to Innovative Ideas of High School Students
Apr 06, 2015

TÜBİTAK Finalists on their Way to Ankara

İTÜ hosted for the 4th time the regional final of “TÜBİTAK Secondary School Student Project Contest” organized for the 46th time this year. In the İstanbul European Region Final attended by 180 students from 61 schools, the winners of the projects exhibited between 30 March – 1 April 2015 were announced in the award ceremony held on Thursday, 2 April. Regional finalists will compete in the great final to be held in Ankara.

‘The key to our age is entrepreneurship and innovation’

Vice-Rector Prof. İbrahim Özkol who acts as Coordinator of İstanbul European Region for TÜBİTAK Secondary School Students Research Contests made the opening speech of the award ceremony held on Thursday, 2 April in İTÜ Ayazağa Campus – Süleyman Demirel Cultural Center. Özkol mentioned that 745 applications in 10 separate branches were made in the European Region of the contest organized by TÜBİTAK in 12 different regions of Turkey and the ranking was determined according to points based on interviews from among 100 projects invited to İTÜ. Özkol, who emphasized that the key concepts of our age is entrepreneurship and innovation, advised the students to pursue and internalize these concepts.

‘Losing, making mistakes is the way to winning’

Rector Prof. Mehmet Karaca mentioned that every year he visited the exhibition and heard the projects from the students and met increasingly more impressive ideas and projects. Karaca noted that İTÜ supports realization and commercialization of projects and provides an environment conducive to entrepreneurship and said, “We are a university that makes dreams come true.” Karaca said that there are no losers in this contest and that advancing to the regional final is also a great success and gave Michael Jordan as an example and said that he started winning after missing thousands of shots. Karaca said, “What matters is learning and getting somewhere by making mistakes, being eliminated, attending competitions.”

More than 7,000 visitors

After the speeches, the guests had a pleasant music break with a mini concert by İTÜ TMSC Prepatory Unit High School Stage Repertory Class, then they were excited about the awards.

100 projects from 61 schools from İstanbul’s European Side, Edirne, Kırklareli and Tekirdağ were introduced through prototypes, models and posters. More than 7,000 people in 3 days visited the exhibition in which the students pursued innovative ideas. The champion projects of the regional finals will compete in the great final to be held in Ankara in May. Top schools and their projects are as follows:

Computer: “Mining Accidents Risk Assessment by Data Mining” - İstanbul Suat Tecimer Anatolian High School

Biology: “Application of Pavlov Reflex to Lens Culinaris, Phaseolus Vulgaris, Cicer Arietinum Seed Species by Tigmomorphogenesis and Analysis of Its Effect on Germination” - İstanbul Private Bahçeşehir Science and Technology High School / “Flow Cytometric Determination of Nuclear DNA Content and Ploidy Levels of Hypericum Perforatum L. Populations That Are Found in Our Country’s Natural Flora” - Tekirdağ Ebru Nayim Science High School

Geography: “What If It Does Not Darken?” - İstanbul Private Bahçeşehir Science and Technology High School

Physics: “Sign Language Translation Device Using Leap Motion” - “Kinetherapy” - İstanbul Private Bahçeşehir Science and Technology High School

Chemistry: “Development of An Economic and Practical Sensor for Assessment of Mercury in Waters” - İstanbul Çapa Anatolian Teacher High School

Mathematics: “Cubic Sections in 3 and 4 Dimensions” İstanbul Private Darüşşafaka High School / “Geometric Analysis of Nesbitt Inequality” - İstanbul Private İstanbul Fatih Science High School

Psychology: “Selfie as a Search for Identity” - Tekirdağ Ebru Nayim Science High School

Sociology: “Investigation of Causes of Juvenile Crimes in Metropolitan Cities Yeni Sahra District Sample” - Galatasaray High School and İstanbul Private American Robert High School / “The Teacher Factor in School Success: İbni Sina Anatolian High School Sample and Proposal of a Model - Bisal Education Model” - İstanbul Private Çınar Science High School

History: “Soldiering Education in the Ottoman State According to a Manuscript” - İstanbul Beşiktaş Science and Art Center / “Retained Memory - Paper Conservation and Restoration Instanced by Republic of Turkey Prime Ministry Directorate of Ottoman Archives Branch of Conservation and Restoration” - İstanbul Private Darüşşafaka High School

Turkish Language and Literature: “Alternative Methods in Teaching of Proverbs” – İstanbul Science and Art Center