Tasks for all levels of competition are created by members of Croatian Mensa, including former participants in world competitions.
As many as 7,776 students from more than 400 schools will participate in the largest Sudoku competition - the Sudoku Championship of Croatia, organized by Croatian Mensa in cooperation with the Education Agency. The biggest Sudoku (more information about rules of Sudoku - https://sudokuhit.com/ru/kak-igrat/kak-igrat-v-sudoku-prostyye-pravila-i-sovety/) competition in this area will be held in three levels for all primary and secondary school students, and the best will represent Croatia at the World Sudoku Championship (WSC).
- This year we have almost twice as many registered students than last year. We are extremely happy that Croatian students participate in such competitions, where they can demonstrate their skill in solving logical and problem-solving tasks in a somewhat more informal way," said Ana Lubura Zegnal, a member of the Croatian Mensa organizational team.
Tasks for all levels of competition are created by members of Croatian Mensa, including former participants in world competitions. The first level of the competition starts today, November 4, followed by the regional competition on November 26 in four regions: Zagreb, Split, Rijeka and Osijek, and Croatia will announce its representatives at the World Championship on December 10 in Vodice at the national competition. Students compete in three categories: Bistrići (from 1st to 4th grade of primary school), Cadets (upper grades of primary school) and Juniors (high school students).
Numerous prizes such as medals, diplomas, books, free MENSA tests, logic puzzles are planned for the competitors, in order to encourage them to continue developing their skills that contribute not only to their professional, but also personal development.
- Sudoku encourages the development of cognitive processes such as memory and understanding, promotes the acquisition of knowledge, especially procedural and metacognitive, develops a positive competitive spirit and exchange of perspectives because each student has his own way of approaching the set problem task. On the other hand, it enables teachers to more easily recognize gifted students, whose talent we need to nurture, especially if we take into account the fact that Croatia lags behind in productivity and innovation, and jobs are increasingly moving towards non-routine, with an emphasis on STEM fields - explains Siniša Hrga , project manager.
Sudoku competition of this type includes different tasks, depending on the age of the contestants - dimensions 4x4, 5x5, 6x6, 9x9, as well as team tasks. Students are not allowed to use calculators or cell phones, which encourages their numeracy skills. If they solve the tasks correctly ahead of time, the contestants can also win bonus points.
In addition to Sudoku competitions, Hrvatska Mensa conducts a series of intelligence tests for children and adults throughout the year, which are conducted under controlled conditions under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. The test is non-verbal, which means that it does not contain alphanumeric characters or culturally or geographically specific symbols, and the last test this year in Zagreb will be held on November 26 at the Faculty of Philosophy.