Freiberg student lab celebrates 10th anniversary

Annett Wolf and Prof. Horst Biermann (Laboratory manager) © Eckardt Mildner
The student lab “Science meets School – Materials & Technologies in Freiberg” in the Institute for Materials Engineering at TU Bergakademie Freiberg has been inviting students to experiment since 2006. On June 17, the student lab celebrated its 10th anniversary with an official ceremony.

As one of the few facilities of its kind in Germany, the student lab is specifically engaged with materials, their engineering and test methods. In lectures, experiments and small research projects, students take a tour of the world of modern materials and are introduced to the topics of material science and materials engineering in a playful manner. “In doing so, the student lab makes an important contribution to the individual, creative and sustainable advancement of our young scientific talents”, explains Director Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht. 

“In our student lab, adolescents not only observe our scientists at work, but are also able to perform independent experiments that relate to current projects in a real research environment”, comments Professor Horst Biermann, under whose aegis the student lab has been initiated, planned, established and continuously further developed ever since. This enables the students to be filled with enthusiasm for science and research early on, he adds.

At the ceremony, the organizers looked back over a decade of student lab and provided an outlook into the future. This included the introduction of new proposals for studying lightweight construction principles from nature and for experimenting with shape memory alloys. The high point was the award ceremony for the winners of this year’s student competition “Das Gips doch nicht” (a wordplay on plaster), attended by Bundestag member Dr. Simone Raatz. As a member of the Board of Trustees of the "Saxony. Land of Engineers" foundation that sponsors this competition, she was able to award five prizes in total.   

The student competition at TU Bergakademie Freiberg had invited students throughout the country to create a heavy-duty composite and demonstrate its resilience independently. Gregor Stein (11th grade at Geschwister-Scholl-Gymnasium in Freiberg) and Max Vogt (11th grade at Bernhard-von-Cotta Gymnasium in Brand Erbisdorf) won the main prize with their “Gipsinator” combining plaster with a double-T shaped curtain rod that was additionally stuffed with packaging material. Their composite convinced with a relative strength of 7900 N/(g/cm³). The two students were presented with a tablet PC.

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The winners at a glance

To students lab           


Direktor Prof. Klaus-Dieter Bartknecht at welcome speech © Eckardt Mildner
(f.l.) Prof. Anja Geigenmüller and Prof. Horst Biermann © Eckardt Mildner
In the student lab © Eckardt Mildner
In the student lab © Eckardt Mildner
In the student lab © Eckardt Mildner
In the student lab © Eckardt Mildner
The award winners © Eckardt Mildner
Team from Saxon State Gymnasium Sankt Afra in Meissen © Eckardt Mildner


Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Horst Biermann
Laboratory manager    
Tel. 03731/39-3564
E-Mail: biermannatww [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de  

Annett Wolf
Tel. 03731/39-2730
E-Mail: awolfatww [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de