The Szabó Szabolcs Natural Sciences Challenge Cup took place in Veszprém, on November 15-16, 2019.
In spring 2018, Veszprém Kossuth Lajos Primary School was the best team from the countryside at the Kis Kavics Cup (http://sz2a.hu/en/kis-kavics-cup-2018/), and they received a study trip special prize from our Foundation then. We have made the decision that time that we would jointly launch the Szabó Szabolcs Natural Sciences Challenge Cup, to be hosted by the Veszprém school for the first time by providing the venue and local organizing, while the Foundation undertakes the other part of organization and financing. We also found it essential that students from last year’s team should lead the preparation of tasks for this year’s competition, and we provided support to it.
This year, teams of 7th and 8th grade pupils from Batthyány Lajos Secondary School of Nagykanizsa, Tiszaparti Roman Catholic Primary and Secondary School of Szolnok, Pestszentimre Ady Endre Primary School, Ady Endre Secondary School of Nagyvárad (as returning team) participated at the competition, beside the team of the host Veszprém Kossuth Lajos Primary School.
The teams were expected to prepare and send a poster as the preliminary task http://sz2a.hu/en/challenge-cup/#feladat, and they presented it during the competition. They also solved a test of five questions (problems and answers here, in Hungarian), then a kahoot of quick quiz questions (here, in Hungarian) and a tangram, based on animal figures to be constructed from plane figures closed the competition of Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.
The competition was full of excitement, and the order was very tight and changing during the day. Finally, with a minimal, one point difference, the team of Pestszentimre Ady Endre Primary School won the Challenge Cup, the study tour special prize, and the opportunity to organize the next competition in cooperation with the Foundation. Members of the team were: Tóth Anna, Remsei Gergely, Orbán Dominika, Konnerth Péter, coaching teacher Kabály Adrien.
The second place went to the host Veszprém Kossuth Lajos Primary School, members: Falus Eszter, Széplaki Zéta Zoltán, Nagy Flóra, Németh Levente, coaching teachers Zsámár Gyöngyi and Mészöly János. Third, still only a few points behind, was Tiszaparti Roman Catholic Primary and Secondary School of Szolnok, members: Juhász Csenge, Földi Albert, Győri Hanna Boróka, Zahola Kázmér, coaching teacher Tóth Imola. Fourth place went to Batthyány Lajos Secondary School of Nagykanizsa, members: Szél Petra, Lakner Tamás, Kerek Gréta, Bátorfi Balázs, coaching teacher Martonné Pálfalvi Katalin. Fifth was Ady Endre Secondary School of Nagyvárad, members: Forró Borbála, Halász Kristóf, Bimbó Zorka, Bihari Dániel Gergő, coaching teacher Bődi János.
Congratulations to the winner and to all teams, students and teachers. We hope we meet them, and others, next time in the 18th district of Budapest (the school of the winning team). We are grateful to Veszprém Kossuth Lajos Primary School that they were the host of the Challenge Cup and worked a lot on the preparation and realization, and a special great thank you to Nagyné Czaun Mariann, headmaster of the school, with whom we had a very good and successful cooperation in organizing the event – and who had been the coaching teacher of the team at the 2018 Kis Kavics Cup. We are also grateful to the sponsors who helped make this event possible: the Municipality of Veszprém, the Secondary School Dormitory of Veszprém and the Főnix Apartman House, and the Veszprém School District Center. We also thank Bambek Dávid, artist, and former student of Szabó Szabolcs, for the preparation of the challenge cup in its physical form.