Voices from the Math Talent School 2023

The students are in the middle of an eventful week: In addition to the four major math projects, which have to be worked on in groups, there is also a whole range of leisure activities. The participants also get to know the University Kaiserslautern-Landau (RPTU) and the city center of Kaiserslautern.

In the course of the week, we interview the students about their experiences and impressions of the Math Talent School 2023.

» Studying Math is the Plan«

Benedikt Graeve is 18 years old and goes to the Burggymnasium in Kaiserslautern. Eva Fröhlich interviewed him at the beginning of the Talent School. He is working in the team with the topic »How valuable is my house?«

Interview with Benedict Graeve
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Interview with Benedict Graeve

Welcome to the Math Talent School! Who or what motivated you to apply here?

It was my girlfriend, she heard about it through the school and made me aware of it. But I also heard about it during the modeling week of the Felix Klein Center for Mathematics last year and I am very happy to be part of it.

What areas in mathematics are you most interested in?

I think business mathematics, statistics and optimization are cool. I have to say, though, I'm not that deep into it yet, what all there actually is. But I'm gaining more and more impressions this week.

Mathematics as a school subject - what do you think is good, what is not so good?

Math at school is very different, we only ever calculate tasks. However, calculating is not mathematics, and that became clear to me for the first time during the modeling days at school. I had some very dedicated teachers who made it possible for us to learn more. But the curriculum doesn't allow much.

What plans do you have after graduating from high school – does mathematics play a role there?

Absolutely. Studying math is the plan. I could also imagine starting in Kaiserslautern, but I definitely want to go to a bigger city.

Benedict Graeve in His Group
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Benedict Graeve during group work on »How valuable is my house?«.

What do you expect from the Math Talent School?

I wanted to work on a larger project and have computer science involved – that has already been pretty fulfilled. We're also a really good group where everyone is engaged, talks to each other and is really motivated. That's a great experience.

Enough about math - what do you do in your free time?

I play field hockey and am also a youth coach. I also dance, like to go to concerts and play the guitar.