Competing with memory as project

The semifinals in the Exhibition of Young Researchers – organised in collaboration with Chalmers University of Technology, the University of Gothenburg and others – lasted a full day in March at Universeum. Among the winners were students Josefin Nyberg, Emma Witt and Virág Angyal from Hvitfeldtska upper-secondary, with their project about short-term memory.

It’s a cold spring day in March when upper-secondary school students in western Sweden compete with their school projects. But indoors at the entrance to Universeum, the temperature is all the higher. Students hurry along; unpack posters, pictures and tables; and put various ingenious constructions in place in some of the 26 stands at the exhibition.

In one of the stands three girls paste up charts and pictures of the brain’s stages of development at different ages.

‘We applied for the Exhibition of Young Researchers because it seemed like a fun thing to do’, says Josefin Nyberg. ‘And then we’re very interested in the school project we’ve done and getting the opportunity to present it to others.’

Along with classmates Emma Witt and Virág Angyal at Hvitfeldtska school, she is presenting their project, which deals with memory.

‘Our project is about short-term memory, and we compare the short-term memory of adults with that of children’, says Virág.

A jury made up of researchers from the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology poses questions to the exhibitors, and then jurors vote on their favourites. But Universeum visitors also have the opportunity to look at the projects and vote on them.

At the end of the day, when votes are counted and the jury’s deliberations are complete, it is clear that seven projects will move on to the finals in Stockholm. And among the winners is the project on short-term memory, so the girls are delighted, of course.