Marte Peccue and Sverre Terryn win the award with their specialty: “Heart rate tested on 36 people”

The Flemish GIP & Young Researcher Awards were presented at The Penta, Howest’s newest campus in Kortrijk. These awards are an initiative of the West Flanders University of Applied Sciences and reward the best integrated tests, research projects and specialties from the youth educations. No less than a hundred projects from all over Flanders were submitted this year.

“Among the more than a hundred contributions, there were also a number of interesting GDPs, research projects and theses. The applied university with a passion for the future of young people is happy to put that talent in the spotlight during the annual GIP & Young Researcher Awards “, says Joachim Gruwez, employee in science communication at Howest.

“In recent weeks, all submitted research and design projects have been assessed by the jury members at the various programs based on a number of criteria: the formulation of the research question, the elaboration, the innovative character and the quality and finish. of the end result. As in previous editions of the Awards, the participants once again showed a great deal of creativity and innovative capacity. ”

Students VTI Ypres

Marte Peccue (17) from Molenbosstraat in Zillebeke and Sverre Terryn (18) from Torrepoortlaan in Ypres both completed Industrial Sciences at VTI Ypres in their final year. During the school year, they worked for a year on a study on Health & Care, more specifically ‘What factors affect the heart rate?’. They were allowed to present their GIP bundle to a jury in Kortrijk and were named the winner in their category.

Marte chose Industrial Sciences at VTI in Ypres after primary school in Sint-Vincentius in Zillebeke. “Because I had more talent for math, I chose that direction,” Marte says. “In addition, mother Lynn is a nurse, and father Yves teaches technical subjects at VTI in Ypres. But the direction I followed was not imposed on me. “

Sverre finished primary school at Lyceum Heilige Familie. “I have previously followed STEM (Science, technology, engineering, mathematics, ed.† Afterwards, I switched to Industrial Science for four years, also because mathematics suited me more than language and it was also a direction where I did not get bored. My father Frank is dead, and mother Sofie is a teacher at Lovie. ”

Health and care

Marte and Sverre collaborated on the topic ‘What factors affect heart rate?’ because it is in line with their expectations. Marte is preparing her entrance exam for medicine, and Sverre plays football with U19 in Westhoek and would like to make the connection to the medical aspect of the effort. “In the beginning, the development of the integrated test did not go so smoothly,” both say. “We did not have a concrete idea and we did not know if the ideas we had were practically feasible.”

“After a visit to the Jane company in Brussels, we learned that we needed to work more concretely. In the end, we chose to examine the heart rate of 36 people in different age categories. We received help from people affiliated with Astrolab. They helped us with a program that reads and saves the pulse. In retrospect, the test days were a success. Everything went according to plan. ”

“Women generally have a higher heart rate than men”

“It was great to see that people were enthusiastic and interested. The coffee test was also a bold and educational addition to our integrated test. In general, we are satisfied and relieved with the result. Personally, we think we have completed a successful project. In any case, we could draw good conclusions from the measurements and the research work. ”


“Our integrated trials taught us that we can draw some concrete conclusions from the factors that affect heart rate,” both say. “For example, women generally have a higher heart rate than men, the BMI index plays a major role, and sports and physical work have a great influence on the heart rate. Of course, age also plays a role. We also did a coffee test. The frequent use of caffeine has a big impact on the heart rate of some people. In fact, there are many factors that influence this, and we come to the conclusion that it is best to do everything in moderation. ”

The winning projects were announced during the award ceremony at The Penta in Kortrijk. The winning students from each category received a backpack filled with gadgets. The winning schools received an ONO set, which stands for Research and Design, and an associated workshop for ten teachers.


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