Ural Federal University recently hosted a two-day tournament to challenge the critical thinking of high school biology, chemistry and physics students.
Students discussed and presented ideas with one another and with jury members during the competition, which tested their knowledge, problem-solving abilities and analytical skills.
To give the students adequate time to prepare, the topics of the scientific discussions and presentations were published six months before the competition began.
A jury panel judged participants on their intellectual and interpersonal intelligence. The jury members made it clear that the participants were to discuss scientific ideas without debating, which is a fine balance all scientists must master. The contest is designed to give students an idea of what a scientific education is like.
“I’m interested (in finding) a solution as a team, to work on the problem together," Olga Zaynetdinova, the coach of specialized training and research, said. "The children learn to complement each other, and the combination of team skills and general knowledge brings them success and joy."