ISB Students Flex Their Muscle in an International Science Fight
Posted 09/05/2017 13:08

Life for several International School of Basel students just got way cooler.

MYP2 science students earned an invitation to represent Switzerland this summer at the International Young Naturalists’ Tournament (IYNT), which will take place in Nanjing, China this summer.

A Test of Mental Strength and Personal Charisma

This past weekend four young scientists from MYP2 Green traveled to Windisch to take part in Switzerland’s first ever Swiss Young Naturalists’ Tournament (SYNT). There, in two rigorous rounds of ‘Science Fights’, teams of two students each tackled some very tough topics in a formal debate setting. Potential topics ranged from salt production to water extraction to the enzymatic browning of a sliced apple. Team members were graded not only on their topical knowledge, but also on the overall quality of their presentation and performance, including live discussion and answer sessions. At the end of each stage, each team and individual member received a performance rating by an impartial jury. The two teams with the highest total score moved on to a third and final fight to determine the overall event champion.

The Opening Rounds

Representing ISB, Nadine B. and Emma O. entered the competition as team Photosympathise, while classmates Luca N. and Ankit S. paired up to form team Entropy. Luca and Ankit both put in noteworthy performances in the opening two rounds, giving them a 5th place finish overall. Nadine and Emma brought such a stunning combination of knowledge and composure to the tournament, however, that their team placed first in each of the first two rounds, securing the two girls a spot in the final fight.

The Final Fight

In the third and final round, Photosympathise faced off against Diatomics, another all-girl team, from Zürich International School, in front of a rather large audience. Emma shone bright, especially in the conclusion of her opposition to the Diatomics, carefully weighing the advantages and disadvantages of their views, yet never losing an admirable sense of positivity and respect. In Nadine’s presentation, her clear voice and confidence held the audience captive in complete awe throughout her opening remarks. Following which, the audience erupted into an energetic applause. She remained calm and confident throughout her opposition’s probing questions, providing thoughtful and well-constructed answers throughout. The team narrowly lost the final fight (39.6 to 41.3), but certainly won the respect everyone in attendance, placing 2nd overall.

Teaming Up for an Even Greater Challenge

Based on the quality of the individual performances, Emma and Luca have been invited to represent Switzerland in the International Young Naturalists’ Tournament (IYNT), which will take place in Nanjing, China this summer. The national team will be made up of six members in total, and Nadine has been asked to stand ready as an alternate in the event that any of the six withdraw from the competition.

Giving Thanks for a Fight Well Fought

The team and staff coordinators want to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported them and made this experience possible, especially Michelle, Ankit, Tina, and Lloyd, who each deserve recognition for their contributions to a job well done.

Please join us in congratulating our young scientists for their courage, preparation, and personal achievements.