Creators of the phyphox App Receive an Award
RWTH researchers Professor Christoph Stampfer and Dr. Sebastian Staacks receive the Georg Kerschensteiner Award from the German Physical Society.
Professor Christoph Stampfer and Dr. Sebastian Staacks from the Chair of Experimental Physics (Solid State Physics) at RWTH Aachen University have been awarded the Georg Kerschensteiner Prize of the German Physical Society (DPG) for the development of the physics app "phyphox". The prize of 3,000 euros is awarded for outstanding achievements in teaching in schools, universities and further education, in research into teaching and learning processes in physics lessons, and in the development of new concepts and media for teaching and scientific evaluation.
The free app phyphox (physical phone experiments) was developed by Professor Christoph Stampfer and Dr. Sebastian Staacks. It uses sensors from smartphones and tablets and enables teachers to use them as measuring devices in science and technology education. phyphox is now being used worldwide in schools, universities and vocational training. The app has already been translated into 17 languages and is represented by phyphox ambassadors in 43 countries. Since its release, it has been installed 3.5 million times worldwide, and there have been almost two million volume installations at educational institutions, of which over 60 percent are in Germany. That means phyphox is going to be used on all those tablets in German schools, which is more than 10 percent of all students.
Christoph Stampfer received his PhD from ETH Zurich in 2007, became an assistant professor at RWTH Aachen University in 2009, and has been head of the 2nd Physics Institute A and chair of Experimental Physics (Solid State Physics) there since 2013. Sebastian Staacks received his PhD from the 2nd Physics Institute at RWTH in 2014 and has been a lecturer there since 2017.
For more information, see the interview with Dr. Sebastian Staacks (below).
Professor Christoph Stampfer and Dr. Sebastian Staacks from the Chair of Experimental Physics (Solid State Physics) at RWTH Aachen University