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Millennium Youth CampMYC News - Feb 14, 2014

Millennium Youth Camp applicants dig into projects

In the second round of the application process to the International Millennium Youth Camp the candidates have a chance to put their brilliant knowledge, skills and creativity into practice. Check out what kind of tasks and issues the applicants are working on!

Millennium Youth campers concentrating on their project work in June 2013. Photo: Jussi Nygren

This year the task is divided into two parts. The first part is the same in all theme groups: “Who would you reward the next Millennium Technology Prize to and why?”

The second project is group-specific. For example in Applied Mathematics the applicants are focusing on mathematical optimization while taking real life situations into account. The Climate Change group will explore connections between air quality and climate while the Food Science task is related to the development of efficient and sustainable packaging.

Creative thinking and imagination are essential in the Bioscience and Biotechnology and Energy theme projects. The project asks the candidates to come up with out-of-the-box solutions to a challenging scenario bordering on science fiction. Applicants to the Energy group are faced with a cast-away-situation. Their task is simple: You are on a deserted island. Find a way to charge a battery to call for help.

The ICT project looks into artificial intelligence, Material Sciences into polymeric materials and Renewable Resources into biorefineries. Candidates in the Water group will try to find future possibilities in local water cleaning processes and Urban Planning will get to vision and develop the Aalto University campus in Espoo, Finland.

The projects have to be completed by the beginning of March 2014. Experts and scientists in each theme group will then review the project work and select the final candidates for this years International Millennium Youth Camp.

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Maija Pollari is a science journalist whose background is in molecular biology research. She enjoys flamenco dancing, reading, and roleplaying adventures.