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Green quiz tests grey cells at Mindblaster

- Rajendra Vidyalaya wins Tata Steel quiz

If you knew what a Greenway was or were well versed with the functions of Prepeat printers or for that matter what a EcoATM kiosk did, you probably could have stood a good chance at Mindblaster, an inter-school quiz that was held in Jamshedpur on Monday.

The quiz, organised by Tata Steel’s The Society for Promotion and Professional Excellence wing to raise awareness about the environment, saw more than 150 students from 30-city based schools participating in its 12th edition that concluded at Michael John Auditorium on Monday.

Quizmaster Lloyd Saldanha of Greycaps, India’s second largest quiz organisers and co-partners of the event, acted as the moderator, testing the grey cells of the participants with offbeat questions on the environment.

Ashish Mathur, managing director of Jusco graced the occasion as its chief guest.

After an initial round of screening, six city-based educational cradles — Jamshedpur Public School, Loyola School, Sacred Heart Convent School, Little Flower School, Rajendra Vidyalaya and JH Tarapore School — made the cut for the finals of the events, that consisted five rounds.

The selected bunch of 12 students, two from each school, then had to work their way through the crossword puzzle round, visual round, rapid fire, buzzer round and general quizzing rounds.

The students fired their grey cells and the competition was tough, but at the end of it all it was Rajendra Vidyalaya who walked home with the winner’s crown and pocketed a cool Rs 8,000 as prize money and a trophy.

Telco’s Little Flower School finished a close second in the quiz and received Rs 6,000 with JH Tarapore bringing up the rear by finishing third and winning Rs 5,000.

All the other finalists were Rs 1,000 per team as prize money.

“The quiz like every year had two motives — entertaining students and helping them learn about their environment. It is a green quiz with a difference as it helps the participants learn the importance of conserving nature,” said Jenny Shah, secretary of SPPE.

She added that SPPE did not only restrict themselves to holding Mindblaster, but organised other events, like sit-an-competitions, on environment as a theme throughout the year to spread the green message among students.

And for those still wondering, Greenways are plots in cities that are set aside for recreation or conservation purposes, a Prepeat is an eco-friendly printer that reuses printed papers and an EcoATMs are kiosks that give cash in exchange for your electronic trash.