On July 24, UNIST hosted a two-day long debating competition, called “The 2nd UNIST Science Debate,” bringing together talented high school students from nationwide to compete, engage and become friends.
This is the second national tournament, organized by UNIST and hosted by Korea Debate Coaches’ Association, was evaluated by debate experts, including Prof. Hyung Jong Yang (School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UNIST) and Prof. Minkyu Sung (Division of General Studies, UNIST).
For this year’s debating competition, a total of 64 teams and 128 students participated in the debate on the topic of artificial intelligence necessary. Four grants have been awarded to all finalists and these were jointly administered by UNIST and Korea Debate Coaches’ Association.
The President’s Award was given to the first place winner (Hyundai Chungun High School team), and Ulsan City Award to the second place winner (Tokyo Korean School team), Ulsan Superintendent of Education Award to the third place winner (Hansung Science High School team), and Korea Debate Coaches’ Association President’s Award to the fourth place winner (Incheon International High School team).
The winning team of the 2nd National UNIST Science Debate was the team “Strong Inside & Out” from Hyundai Chungun High School, Ulsan. The following students, HaYeon Kim and JinYoung Park, have been also selected as the recipients of the UNIST President’s Award.
“Seeing future young scientists taking part in this event with enthusiasm made us more than excited to organize this event for the second time,” said Prof. Hyug Moo Kwon, Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs at UNIST. “This year’s debating competition was much more successful and well-planned than last year. We plan on organizing more events like this to help students gain a rich understanding of scientific knowledge, thereby contributing to the popularization of science and technology.”