Sparks flew, foam bubbled and buzzers rang as Don Bosco Higher Secondary School Panjim, held its second Jubilee Event of the year titled “Jubilee Brain Spark”, a fun yet educative All-Goa Inter Higher Secondary competition. The students were tested not only on their textbook knowledge but also in creative thinking in time- tested experiments in the Arts, Commerce and Science fields respectively. A total of 12 institutions consisting of teams of 3 participants each, took part in this one-of-a-kind, novel production by Don Bosco’s.

The event commenced in the school’s Bicentenary Hall with the opening ceremony and welcoming of the special guests – the retired teachers of the higher secondary. The competitions began soon thereafter as the participants proceeded to the venue of their preliminary round.

For the Science section preliminary round, the teams were tested on an application-based MCQ test. In the advanced round, an escape room type scenario of tricky experiments in physics, chemistry, computer science, biology and mathematics made the students scratch their heads and think out-of-the-box to arrive at solutions.  After deciphering the mind boggling code encrypted in the various solutions, MushtifundAryaan Higher Secondary School emerged victorious and took home the trophy.

Following their quick-fire preliminary round, the teams of three under the banner of Arts, gathered in different classes all set to tackle the advanced round. Teachers and students had designed innovative yet pertinent activities and puzzles based on the subjects English, History, Economics and Psychology. The third and final round saw the top four teams locked in a battle of the brains during ‘Innoquiz’, a quiz contest which was won by St Xavier’s Higher Secondary School.

The rounds under the Commerce Department saw five teams battle it out in activities including analysis of audio visuals, resource search and calculation puzzles. Two teams managed to crack the code successfully, but it was People’s Higher Secondary School who triumphed to win the first prize.

Mr YeshwantGaunkar conducted the closing ceremony wherein participating students expressed their excitement and enthusiasm at the new concept of ‘Brain Spark’. Retired librarian, Ms. Kanaka Swamy addressed the gathering, following which the Chief Guest, Ms. Clare Marchon e Sousa presented the teams with their glittering trophies. The curtains were drawn with the vote of thanks proposed by Ms Josefa Pinto.

By Jayden Pais