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The IES Juan de Garay de València wins in the team modality of the VI National Hi Score Science Contest


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The IES Juan de Garay de València wins in the team modality of the VI National Hi Score Science Contest


"Why do we see veins as bluish?" This is one of the winning questions of the VI National Hi Score Science Contest, an outreach project that aims to bring science to the youngest through a game of questions and answers about science for mobile devices and computers. In its team modality, the IES Juan de Garay de València has won.

Hi Score Science projects itself not only as a question and answer game about science, but also wants to go further and increase the scientific culture and the interest of users in science, explaining to them what is behind the new scientific advances.

The project is developed from two research institutes, the Institute of Chemical Synthesis and Homogeneous Catalysis (ISQCH) and the Institute of Nanoscience and Materials of Aragon (INMA), both mixed centers of the CSIC and the University of Zaragoza, which allows for the inclusion of explanations informative of the scientific reality that is hidden behind each of the answers, explains the CSIC in a statement.

In addition, Hi Score Science encourages users to participate in the project by collaborating with the game's scientific content and rewarding them with a pass and a trip to the National Final held at the CSIC Headquarters in Madrid, with a visit to one of the CSIC museums and with technological gifts for the individual prizes.

In the Team Category, the winner was the IES Juan de Garay de València, with the Juande Ciencia team, whose teacher is Javier Julián. The second classified is the Santo Domingo De Silos School (Zaragoza) with the La Fernandeta team (responsible teacher Fernando Rived); Third place is the Colegio San Juan Bautista (Madrid) with the team Los gatos de Schrödinger (responsible teacher Alexandra Prada).

The Hi Score Science project was born in 2016 due to the need to adapt outreach activities to the world of the youngest, belonging to the digital generation, focused on video games and new technologies. This project has progressed year after year, going from being a regional project to a national one and reaching other audiences such as young patients admitted to hospitals, prisons, inhabitants of the rural world and adults.

The project has been recognized with the first prize in the XVIII Edition of the Science in Action program in the modality "Science Teaching Materials in Interactive Support" (IBM Award). In addition, he has received the D i TOP seal, a national recognition that rewards the best projects of inclusive scientific dissemination, has been nominated twice for the Tercer Milenio awards and has just received the second prize in the category of best dissemination project. , in the I CSIC Scientific Dissemination and Citizen Science Awards.

Hi Score Science is a very highly rated game among users with a score of 4.5 out of 5, and it has been downloaded more than 40,000 times all over the world, mainly in Spain and Asia. The game has been presented in the different autonomous communities, in video game, scientific and informative fairs, reaching 100,000 people. Free and ad-free, the game is available on the Play Store and Apple Store and on PC, Mac and Linux.

The project has the collaboration of the CSIC's Deputy Vice-Presidency for Scientific Culture and the following museums and institutions: National Museum of Natural Sciences in Madrid; Geological and Geomining Institute of Spain; Elder Museum of Science and Technology; Eureka Museum; House of Science of Seville, the Ciutat de les Arts y les Ciències; CSIC House of Science in Valencia; Natural Sciences from the University of Zaragoza and the Aragon Planetarium; the University of Cantabria; the University of Alcalá; in addition to the municipalities of small towns such as Benasque and the Calatayud Region and the CASIO Educational Unit