A 17-year-old student from Zaragoza, winner of the Hi Score Science National Absolute League
Jorge Rodrigo Hernández, a student from Zaragoza in the second year of Bachillerato at IES Goya in Zaragoza, has won first place in the III Hi Score Science National Absolute League. The league, which began last September and lasted until June, featured a monthly online tournament in which users from all over Spain, of all ages and educational levels, from primary school to university professors and from all parts of Spain, competed with their mobiles and computers to prove that they are the wisest in science.
During the different games, the participants had to answer questions such as: Why doesn’t the moon fall towards the Earth? Why does the sun turn red at sunset on clear days? Or the skin of which fruit is flammable?
The winners include secondary school students and workers and researchers from different universities, high school teachers, secondary school and university students from Aragon, Madrid, Valencia and Galicia: Juan Luis Pueyo (2nd) Ángel Madurga (3rd), Esperanza Pérez and Cristina Lej (4th), María Gómez (6th), Javier Julián (7th), Leyre Rodríguez (8th), Fernando Rived (9th) and Andrea Muñoz (10th).
The winners will receive trophies for the first three places and prizes such as electronic devices and the scientific novel “2037. Paraíso neuronal” – MIRA EDITORES, by José María de Teresa, etc.
After the success of this third league season, the organisers of the project, the InInstituto de Síntesis Química y Catálisis Homogénea, ISQCH and the Instituto de Nanociencia y Materiales de Aragón, INMA, both joint centres of the CSIC and the University of Zaragoza, have confirmed that next September the fourth league will start, which, like the previous editions, will have monthly tournaments and will be open to users of all ages and locations in Spain.
What is Hi Score Science?
Hi Score Science is a game, free and without advertising, of questions and answers with several options about science, which aims to go further than traditional games and increase the scientific culture of users. As a project developed between two research institutes, the IInstituto de Síntesis Química y Catálisis Homogénea, ISQCH y el Instituto de Nanociencia y Materiales de Aragón, CSIC-UNIZAR, it includes informative explanations of the scientific reality behind each of the answers, encouraging users’ curiosity about science. In addition, the project aims to make the users themselves feel part of the project, as they are the generators of the scientific content. To this end, national competitions have been set up at various levels: youth (14-18 years old), senior (over 18) and junior (under 14), and an online National Absolute league has been created.
The free game Hi Score Science is available in the Play Store and Apple Store and on PC and Mac (www.HiScoreScience.org). All information about the project and how to compete in the different categories is available at www.HiScoreScience.org.
An informative project in constant movement with international recognition
The Hi Score Science project was born in 2016 in response to the need to adapt outreach activities to the world of the youngest members of the digital generation, who are currently focused on video games and new technologies. This project has progressed year after year, going from being a regional to a national project and reaching a more disadvantaged audience such as young patients admitted to hospitals, prisons, rural inhabitants and adults, a group usually far from outreach activities that allow them to participate actively and not as mere observers.
The project has been awarded first prize in the 18th edition of the Science in Action programme in the “Science Teaching Materials in Interactive Support” category (IBM Award), has received the D+i TOP seal, a national award for the best inclusive science outreach projects, and has been nominated twice for the Third Millennium Awards.
Hi Score Science is a highly rated game among users with a score of 4.5 out of 5, a much higher score than other similar games, and currently has more than 30,000 downloads worldwide, mainly in Spain and Asia. The game has been presented in the different autonomous communities, in videogame, scientific and informative fairs, reaching 100,000 people.
A scientific team behind Hi Score Science
The Hi Score Science project has been developed between two research centres, the IInstituto de Síntesis Química y Catálisis Homogénea (ISQCH) and the Instituto de Nanociencia y Materiales de Aragón (INMA), both joint centres between the CSIC and the University of Zaragoza.
The project is supported by the Deputy Vice-Presidency for Scientific Culture of the CSIC and the Casio Scientists project.