The first ever WWF-Globeducate Quiz took place on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd of January for Primary and secondary schools across Globeducate’s network and was a roaarrrrring succcess! Students from more than 20 Globeducate schools came together online to test their knowledge of wildlife and Planet Earth, after some preliminary heats in their classrooms the week before, with O Castro British School in Spain (Primary section) and TIPS Coimbatore in India (Secondary section) taking the winning titles! Well done to everyone who participated and to the two winning teams.
Matt Larsen-Daw, WWF’s Educational Manager, who is now familiar to many of our students from other fantastic WWF summits and expert panels, hosted a fun, interactive quiz. More then 100 people participated in total, answering different questions on wildlife and nature. Multiple choice questions were the order of the day, with clues and pictures to help the students.
Topics included scatology (the study of poo – a great ice-breaker, spotting which poo belonged to which animal), wildlife geography, animals and current wildlife affairs happening today. The answers the students provided showed their interest and developing knowledge in wildlife. Through the quiz, students also learnt about what the WWF is doing to help preserve animals habitats, along with interesting facts about Polar bears, the taxonomy of seahorses, how Wild Dogs´ territories have been reduced due to human action and how every two years the WWF brings out a ‘health check’ for the planet through the Living Planet Report.
“Globeducate students from across the schools network threw themselves into this quiz with impressive enthusiasm and it was fantastic to see their obvious interest in the natural world translate to some impressive scores. The questions were not intended to reward their knowledge of facts but to test their ‘wild wisdom’ – their ability to apply their growing understanding of the geography and science of the natural world and decipher the correct answer across a range of topics. I hope that all students learned at least one new thing from the experience, and that it further ignited the curiosity and wonder of Globeducate students in the wild world on which we all depend.”
Matt Larsen-Daw, WWF Educational Manager
“An impressive array of knowledge as students collaborated in their teams to discover new learning and fun facts about our planet. A wonderful event which allowed opportunity for students to participate from home due to remote learning and in school in face-to-face learning.”
Oanh Crouch, Director of Education, Globeducate
“The quiz event was really great and our students loved it. It was so great to see them work as a team! Out of our five teams, the highest number of points that we earned was 15 from Big Brains ICS Paris. Our favorite question was the last question about what is often put behind cows to scare off predators. We weren’t sure if the answer was adding eyes or adding a bell to make noise to scare them off! Thanks for organizing such a wonderful event!!”
Jacklyn Dyksterhuis, ICS Paris (Secondary section)
“Our students had a really great time taking part in this quiz – thank you very much for organising it! Our students found the questions very interesting, strange sometimes, and they made them think.”
Irfan Gazdar, Agora International School Lledó
“Thank you for organizing such a fun and educational activity and for bringing us together for a great cause! My student really believe they can help save the world—and they will!”
Alicia Foster, O Castro British School
“We loved the event! Our children were fascinated to learn that a tiger´s pee smells like butter popcorn, polar bears´ skin is black and rhinos can communicate with poo! They particularly liked the questions about the number of bones on a turtle´s shell and how long a turtle can breathe under water.”
Justina Grimmer, ICS Paris (Primary section)
“The students really enjoyed the experience of this completely multi-cultural virtual classroom and were excited to participate in a fun learning activity like this. They were interested in the question about wasted food and they enjoyed having to agree on the multiple choice answers as a team. We really saw that the key part of this was what they learned about teamwork and companionship, trusting each other. Even though our students came from different sections of the school, they worked very well together. It was very well organised and we all look forward to working again with children across the borders. It is a really wholesome experience.”
Saravanan Somasundaram, The Indian Public School