by Mrs de Kock
After several months of preparation, six pupils from Switzerland, between the ages of 12 and 16, set off to compete at the 5th International Young Naturalists' Tournament (IYNT) held in Nanjing China this year. Two of our ISBasel pupils, Luca and Nadine, joined this team after fantastic performances at the Swiss Young Naturalists' Tournament (SYNT) held earlier this year. Ms. de Kock (Schmidt) accompanied them as an Independent juror and helped out with preparation.
The tournament is divided into six rounds or science fights. For rounds 1-5 (SF1-SF5) Each team has to prepare the same 17 problems that covers all three sciences. The problems are presented using PowerPoint, in a similar structure to that of a science B,C criteria assessment. The depth of science, validity, novelty of approach, presentation skills and ability to discuss peer review is assessed (or should I say scrutinized).
Each science fight requires teams from three different countries where they take turns to become the reporter, opponent and reviewers of the chosen problem. During the tournament the opposing teams decide which problems to challenge, reporters can then either reject a limited amount or choose to accept the challenge and present. It was riveting to watch young minds (18 teams) from 14 different countries compete. Please read the results leading up to the finals.