Theodor-Heuglin Schule from Hirschlanden-Schöckingen receives Würth Education Award 2012

Künzelsau/Stuttgart. The Competence Center Economic Education under the roof of the Würth Foundation presented the Würth Education Award 2012 for noteworthy school projects about the economy. The first prize is endowed with EUR 4,000 and was given to Theodor-Heuglin Schule from Hirschlanden-Schöckingen at the New Palace Stuttgart on 10 October. The students dealt intensively with how to use resources in an economical and sustainable manner with their example of cardboard and paper as packaging material.

The youngsters gained an insight into the forest ecosystem and the classes joined to carry out projects about product offers and development and an environmentally-sound product life cycle. With their student company art@school, the students put their freshly gained economy knowledge into practice at the hour of designing and producing business cards, business card boxes and gift boxes. "With the example of the products cardboard and paper, the students had the opportunity to learn a lot about sustainability in everyday life and to raise their awareness about how to deal with resources. They used this knowledge for production in an environmentally-minded fashion while living up to highest standards of quality at the same time", the jury explained.

A total of six schools from Baden-Wuerttemberg participated in the final of the competition. Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Reinhold Würth, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Würth Group's Family Trusts and initiator of the award, and Gabriele Warminski-Leitheußer, Minister for Education, Cultural Affairs, Youth and Sport in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, presented the awards in the White Hall of New Palace Stuttgart.

"The Würth Education Award makes an excellent contribution in supporting the economic education – also in light of education for sustainable development, which is increasingly important – at schools in Baden-Wuerttemberg. I am glad to see that schools from all types of school participated and that the competition has become valuable and exciting thanks to a high number of different projects and various approaches of the different schools", highlighted Ms. Warminski-Leitheußer.

The second prize, endowed with EUR 3,000, went to Haierschule Faurndau. The school convinced in this year's competition with their foundation of the "Haier Fair Trade Association". This association sells fair-trade products in the fair-trade kiosk of the school or via the student company "Haiershop".

Herrmann-Hesse Gymansium from Calw received the bronze prize, endowed with EUR 2,000, for the seminar course "Business and technology". With a new student company, the students of year 11 got to know business decision processes and basic operational functions.

Paul-Klee-Gymnasium Rottenburg, Rosensteinschule Stuttgart and Schwarzwald-Grund- und Werkrealschule Rheinstetten shared the fourth prize, endowed with EUR 1,000 each. The projects carried out there all led to the foundation of student companies, allowing the students to gain important basic economic knowledge.

The event on Wednesday also marked the kick-off for the Würth Education Prize 2013: Students from six schools in Baden-Wuerttemberg who applied for this prize presented their project plans for the first time. They had been selected from among the applicants over the summer and will be supported intensively in the implementation of their projects throughout the current school year. The participating schools are Landesgymnasium für Hochbegabte Schwäbisch Gmünd, Gymnasium Friedrich II Lorch, August-Ruf-Bildungszentrum Ettenheim, Sonnenluger-Werkrealschule Mengen, Karl-Erhard-Scheufelen-Schule Lenningen and Grund- und Werkrealschule Villingendorf.

Würth Education Award 2012

Theodor-Heuglin Schule from Hirschlanden-Schöckingen receives Würth Education Award 2012