The biggest regional final ever held at YES! was the culmination of four events where the school teams chose their best ideas and voted them into the final in September. The winning teams in the South-West are the Albertus-Magnus-Gymnasium from Stuttgart and the Raiffeisen-Campus from Dernbach. For the South-East, the Annette-Kolb-Gymnasium from Traunstein will be there.

As with the first regional final in 2021, we have combined two regions this time to enable the fairest possible distribution of teams.

23 teams, therefore, found themselves in three strands. We also welcomed a group of three for the moderation with Katie Gallus, Svenja Heber and David Patrician, who moderated two strands in the South-West and one in the South-East.

As guests, we had the pleasure in the South-East to welcome Professor Dr Dr. h.c. Clemens Fuest, President of the ifo Institute and – via video message – Verena Dietl, 3rd Mayor of the City of Munich.

From top left to bottom right: Verena Dietl, Achim Wambach, Clemens Fuest und Kerstin Hösch – our guest speakers welcomed the teams and thanked them for their engagement.

Among other things, Clemens Fuest spoke about what science and research can achieve. Especially in times like the pandemic, he said, it must be clear to everyone that continuous adaptation is needed to incorporate the latest scientific findings into decision-making – in this respect, the virologists had a similarly difficult time as the economists in the past months.

In her video message, Verena Dietl praised the participants for their original ideas, which can also provide new impulses for public administration, and for their outstanding commitment, with which they persevered in this competition despite the pandemic.

Achim Wambach focused his attention on the problematic situation of the pupils, who not only suffered personal deficits during the pandemic due to cancelled lessons and reduced quality. In addition, from an economic point of view, there were economic gaps that had to be closed again.

Ministerial Counsellor Kerstin Hösch was impressed by how well the young people at YES! not only managed to take part in the competition despite the pandemic and distance learning but also to find their own ideas for solutions to really relevant topics.

Annette-Kolb-Gymnasium wins in the South-East Regional Final

In the South-East Regional Final, David Patrician welcomed the Hildegardis-Gymnasium Kempten as the first team with their idea „Hi(gh)skul / *alll in one*: A multifunctional app that bundles all the possibilities of digital learning/organisation/communication and thus finally meets the demands of the students for a comprehensive and intuitive structure tool! Their topic was „Digital Learning in Schools – What Can We Learn from Corona Times about the Opportunities of Online Offerings? by Lavinia Kinne and Daniel Stöhlker, ifo Institute – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich.

On „The BMI Is Too High. How To Promote A Healthier Nutrition At School?“ by Alexander Danzer and Helen Zeidler, Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, the 10a of the Robert-Schumann-Gymnasium from Cham developed the idea of “SiNut – Simplify Nutrition”. It stands for a motivating transfer of knowledge about healthy nutrition with the help of modern and sustainable means via social media.

The “Quader Programme” – a money-giving programme that is at the same time quality demanding to counteract unemployment due to technological change – was the focus for the Maria-Ward-Gymnasium from Augsburg. The programme was particularly aimed at the unemployed who had lost their jobs due to digitalisation. Their topic was „Optimal income distribution in times of technological change – how to design inclusive labour markets“ by Philip Schacht and Myrielle Gonschor, RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research.

On the topic „New in the country – how can refugees be prepared for the German financial system?“ by Clara Albrecht, Yvonne Giesing, Sarah Reiter and Tanja Stitteneder, ifo Institute – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, the team from the Annette Kolb Gymnasium in Traunstein developed the concept “Get ToGether to get better!”. They focused on finding a way to support refugees in financial matters. Starting with banal-sounding things like a mobile phone contract to more complex ones, young people and experts are to overcome these hurdles together with the refugees.

The team from the Heimschule Kloster Wald developed an investment subsidy model in the context of a photovoltaic obligation on residential buildings to prevent the landlord from passing on the investment costs to the tenant. The remarkable thing about it was that social factors should influence the investment amount so that low-income earners are not disadvantaged. Their topic was „The European Green Deal: Distributional Effects and How to Mitigate Them in Practice“ by Valeriya Azarova, Julius Berger and Waldemar Marz, ifo Institute – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich.

“Green is the New Black” – Green should become the fashion colour. And green should also be the jobs that young people could choose in the future. The team from Werdenfels-Gymnasium in Garmisch-Partenkirchen came up with an additional module for the self-test “Check-U” of the Federal Employment Agency, which also asks more intensively about environmental issues to possibly make better suggestions for environmentally conscious jobs. Markus Janser and Florian Lehmer from the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) proposed this topic „My Job for Future – What role do environmental and climate protection play in career choices?“

The Staatliche Fachoberschule Holzkirchen worked on the question “What can a basic state security system look like?” by Martin Dietz and Monika Senghaas from the Institute for Employment Research (IAB). “CARE – Care’s for you” was their answer. Therefore, older unemployed people should assist younger unemployed people within the framework of extended support to successfully enter working life and get out of Hartz IV.

Tablet instead of the blackboard? Advancing sensible digitisation in German schools by Simon Wiederhold and Ms Katharina Hartinger from the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt was the topic of the next team. Class 10b of the Robert-Schuman-Gymnasium in Cham constructed a precise plan on how pupils from specific grades onwards can be gradually introduced to working with tablets.

In the final vote, the idea of the Annette-Kolb-Gymnasium received the most votes from the other teams.

The hybrid parlour game of the Raiffeisen Campus from Dernbach wins South-East Orange

Orange and green – our YES! colours served to distinguish the two strands we had in the South-West.

Svenja Heber led the programme in the Orange Mini-Regional Final, where the Johann-Philipp-Bronner School from Wiesloch kicked things off. “Payouth; select your options for tomorrow” was the name of their solution to the topic “My house, my savings book, my pension”: What can you do if interest rates stay low?” by Karolin Kirschenmann and Jesper Riedler from ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research. They developed a game to teach young people about retirement planning, supported by their own youth-oriented podcasts on the subject.

Team 1 of the Geschwister-Scholl-Gymnasium from Stuttgart found a solution to the question of undeclared work in private households: „How can employees and employers be made more honest?“ by Sarah Necker and Ekkehard Köhler from the Walter Eucken Institute & ZÖBiS. Their idea: an app that enables controlled and transparent mediation and accounting between workers to private households.

„Can capitalists make the world a better place? Sustainable challenges for financial markets“ was the topic of Oliver Schenker and Menglu Neupert-Zhuang from the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. The Karl Rehbein School from Hanau used it to develop an app called “Sustainscore”, with which one can gain financial knowledge and invest sustainably and compete with friends at the same time – according to their motto “investing for fun – learning for future”.

Financial education was also the focus for IB Berufliche Schulen Asperg. Through TikTok, they wanted to educate young people, especially young women, about financial matters with funny videos. Their topic was proposed by Sabine Bernard from the Leibniz Institute for Financial Market Research SAFE: Is it a man’s world? Women and the capital market

“We believe we can fly” was the title of the solution idea of the Gymnasium Philippinum Weilburg. They saw drones as the answer to the question „Mobility in rural areas – how can electric mobility work there?“ by Stephan Wilhelm, Hendrik von Linde and Carolina Sachs from the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO.

The team from the Raiffeisen Campus in Dernbach presented their idea “Mach dich Richappy! It was a hybrid social game – a board game combined with an app – with which young people can learn financial education Her topic: „Young people are not interested in finance-related topics. How could this be changed?“ by Eveline Wuttke from the Leibniz Institute for Financial Market Research SAFE.

The team from Raiffeisen-Campus celebrated their win enthusiastically.

“More Equality, More Stability, More Prosperity – A social security net for the progressing digital revolution” was the solution of the Don-Bosco-Gymnasium from Essen. With a blockchain solution for an unconditional basic income, they wanted to answer the question posed by Susann Fiedler from the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Common Goods: „Society in which value and work are decoupled – How will we live when the labour market changes due to digitalisation?“

The final topic of the day was „New challenges through Corona and Lockdown: How to integrate refugees?“ by Katia Gallegos Torres and Paul Berbée from ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research. The Albert-Einstein-Gymnasium from Frankenthal wanted to establish a working group at their school for this purpose, in which refugees and other students experience great things!

After eight presentations and intense discussions, the teams voted for the solution of the Raiffeisen Campus from Dernbach.

Albertus-Magnus-Gymnasium from Stuttgart wins South-East Green

The third mini-regional final was started by the later winning team from the Albertus-Magnus-Gymnasium from Stuttgart. Their topic was „Mobility in rural areas – how can electric mobility work there?“ by Stephan Wilhelm, Hendrik von Linde and Carolina Sachs from the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO. For the team, the focus was on the flexible transport of people and goods. With their “TranSpider” concept, they pursued the idea of road-rail transporters. They are oriented towards a supra-regional transport hub. By combining and mutually complementing different mobility concepts, an optimal network coverage adapted to customer needs can be achieved.

The winning team of the Albertus-Magnus-Gymnasium celebrated with the YES!-Team

The Goethe-Gymnasium Emmendingen designed an app to solve the topic „Young people are not interested in finance-related topics. How could this be changed?“ by Eveline Wuttke, Leibniz Institute for Financial Market Research SAFE. Her “FinancyApp” was intended to convey financial knowledge playfully and innovatively.

“Save more than turtles” was the announcement of the BSZ Leonberg. They wanted to recycle plastic waste in such a way that it could serve as a primary material for 3D printers. And thus combine environmental protection and entrepreneurial action, as Hannes Marks, Marius Berger and Julian Dörr from ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research had put it in their topic: „Founding time, now! Towards the “Green Economy” through innovative start-ups.“

“My house, my savings book, my pension”: What can you do if interest rates stay low?” by Karolin Kirschenmann and Jesper Riedler, ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research, was the topic of the next team from Mons-Tabor-Gymnasium in Montabauer. “HIP acting and informing, instead of procrastinating” was to be a multi-stage, accompanying school workshop with a supplementary website that enables young people to invest their money sensibly for old-age provision.

A reward system to prevent long-term unemployment was designed by the Thüringisches Rhön Gymnasium from Kaltensundheim. They wanted to use financial incentives to encourage ALG 2 recipients to continue their education. Their topic: „What can a basic state security system look like?“ by Martin Dietz and Monika Senghaas from the Institute for Employment Research (IAB).

The Maria-Ward-Schule from Aschaffenburg tried to solve the topic „Is it a man’s world? Women and the Capital Market“ of Sabine Bernard from the Leibniz Institute for Financial Market Research SAFE with an inter-school workshop called „Women on Wall Street – to bring pupils closer to financial topics“.

The last team of this Mini Regional Final Green, Team 2 of the Geschwister-Scholl-Gymnasium from Stuttgart, presented their idea “Future Invest”, a course for the education of sustainable, modern financial knowledge. Their topic was „Can Capitalists Make the World Better? Sustainable challenges for financial markets“ by Oliver Schenker and Menglu Neupert-Zhuang, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.

When all the votes had been counted, the Albertus Magnus Gymnasium was a finalist for the YES! 2021.

A long day that demanded a lot of patience and concentration from the 23 teams was the conclusion of our regional finals this year.

We would like to thank all the teams, teachers and researchers for their commitment and the enthusiasm we were able to feel again at this event.

The winning teams and we move on to the next phase of preparation for the grand final in September.

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