In 2011, the German Embassy launched the do Deutsch campaign in a bid to boost interest among Americans in learning German, including college students across the country who participated in the do Deutsch Campus Weeks.
As part of this campaign, the German Information Center USA at the German Embassy in Washington sponsored a series of Campus Weeks held at 44 colleges and universities across the United States during the fall 2011 semester which reached thousands of participating students.
One of the highlights of these Campus Weeks was a "German Olympics" during which students could submit essays, videos, poems, art or music to win prizes from the German Information Center USA in Washington.
Five lucky winners, who all received travel vouchers towards trips to Germany, were eventually selected and notified by the German Embassy in 2012. Their contributions are highlighted in this edition of The Week in Germany.
As Einstein once said: "Imagination is more important than knowledge."
Of course absorbing existing knowledge as a student is important - including to be sure learning a new language such as German! But applying and synthesizing this newly gleaned information via creative thinking is how great ideas - be they works or art or physics' theories - come about.
Current brain research concludes that true genius lies at the nexus of knowledge and creativity. (This is not only where genius purportedly lies - the works of rare geniuses like Einstein serve to underscore just how amazing the human brain can be.)
In this vein, all of the winning entries submitted by students who participated in the do Deutsch Campus Weeks and "German Olympics" were highly creative and original.
The German Information Center USA and the German Embassy in Washington would like to congratulate and thank these winners for their excellent creative winning entries and wish them the best of luck in all of their - hopefully transatlantically tinged - future endeavors.