[SCIE web news, April 10th, 2017]The University Challenge, held since 1962, is a renowned competition in the UK pitting teams of students from different Universities against each other, testing out their knowledge with difficult questions from any field imaginable.
This competition has recently been ‘brought overseas’ to be held in SCIE, modified to contain questions from the fields of History, Geography, Psychology and Sociology; four students from each house participated in the event, faced with the task of putting together answers for questions largely outside of their field of knowledge.
The competition, according to tradition, was to be held in 15-minute rounds. Each round consisted of a number of ‘starter for 10’ questions, which the first team to buzz in the correct answer would be awarded 10 points and subsequently gain the opportunity to answer 3 bonus questions worth 5 points each. The questions would be read out in a pace increasing as time passes, and when time is up, the round ends immediately and the score is tallied.
“Which sociologist published the research Just Like a Girl?”
“Which country’s flag is this?”
While much of the university-level ‘general knowledge’ seemed obscure to the contestants, they were largely able to step up to the challenge and steadily progress through the rounds through various tactics such as optimizing team compositions, working out answers with logic (and of course a lot of guessing).
Teams from each house:
Metal: Billy, Hermione, Jeno, Hans
Wood: Kari, James, Charlotte, Peter
Fire: Robbin, Ted, Angel…
Water: Renee Owen, Oliver, Nichole
Article by Billy
Photos by Mr. Richard Driscoll