The Riga State 2nd Gymnasium student team “Sprīdīši” took the 2nd place in Riga Puzzle Day, while the Riga State 2nd Gymnasium student team “I-B SMART” took the 3rd place. In total, 58 teams from 41 secondary schools in Riga municipality took part in the event.
On the day of the event, teachers also had the opportunity to attend information sessions to improve their personal and professional competencies. Marija Briede, fraud prevention expert at Luminor bank, gave an informative lecture to teachers on “Emotions against Logic. Insight into Fraud”, Renārs Duntavs and Ilgvars Girgensons from Balcia insurance encouraged teachers to be brave, Linda Sinka, Project Manager at Riga Business School, introduced teachers to the Harvard University CS50 curriculum for Programming II, while Enno Ence, Program Manager at Riga Business School Executive Education, told teachers more about mentoring.
There were also entertainment stands from Riga Puzzle Day sponsors throughout the event.
Riga Puzzle Day aims to encourage more young people to develop problem solving skills and creative thinking by inviting them to solve logic puzzles, which are the basis for further learning of programming. The logic game is a format that fosters students’ collaborative problem-solving skills to emphasize that computer science is not just about programming, but about problem solving.
The idea and the structure of the game are taken from Harvard University, where it has become a tradition for young people of all ages. This is the first time the logic game has been held in Latvia, but several schools have already expressed an interest in hosting it at their school.
Riga Puzzle Day was organised by Riga City Council and Riga Business School in cooperation with Luminor bank and Balcia insurance. The event was also supported by Latvijas Mobilais Telefons, airBaltic, Myfitness, BrainGames and Cēsis Space Education Centre.
Information was prepared by Sindija Grāvere, Project Coordinator, External Communication Department, Riga Municipality.