• The University of Oviedo encourages the scientific vocation through the educational contest UNIGΣNIOS

    April 04, 2013

    Students from ten Secondary Education centers compete in the Historical Building by showing their scientific knowledge in different challenges that emulate the format of some TV contests and board games

    A group of students who participate in UNIGΣNIOS

    The teams, composed by students of the first year of the Baccalaureate, challenge each other in the fields of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Geology and Technology

    The Research Transfer Office (OTRI) of the University of Oviedo organizes the second edition of the UNIGΣNIOS contest, which takes places this morning in the Historical Building of the University. The initiative is sponsored by the FECYT and pits teams from 10 Secondary Education centers of Asturias against each other in a contest that test their scientific knowledge by combining challenges in the style of several board games and TV shows.

    Each one of the competing teams are composed by three students of the first year of the Baccalaureate, who have to answer questions on Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Geology and Technology. UNIGENIOS aims at making the scientific and innovative activity more accessible using more enjoyable formats and testing their knowledge with classic board games, such as Trivial, Tabú or the "science donut", a creative adaptation of the "alphabet game".

    Teams have to go through an elimination phase by passing several rounds that will test their scientific knowledge and ingenuity. The three top-scoring teams will face each other in the final round, and the winners will be awarded a tablet as the first prize.

    The Unit for Scientific Culture of the OTRI organizes this activity with the collaboration of the Scientific-Technical Services of the University of Oviedo and the Polytechnical School of Engineering of Gijón. UNIGΣNIOS is part of the program of activities that the Office of the Vice-Rector for Research and International Campus of Excellence carries out, with the aim of bringing science closer to society, especially to young people, to encourage their scientific vocation.