The highlights of the day definitely were the Karl-Popper debates in the afternoon and the pantomime game in the evening. During the debates the participants had the opportunity to dive into the art of argumentation and persuasion. They gained practical experience in speaking in front of an audience and in constructing a logical and convincing statement – skills to be developped in the upcoming discussions and simulations. The debaters had to win their audience over on topics ranging from “Should Britney Spears get the Nobel Prize” to “Should drugs be legalized”. A team of 3 mentors acted as judges in order to point out each participant’s strongest features and to indicate ways how to improve their debating technique.
The day ended with a pantomime game, in which laughter and fun replaced the concentrated atmosphere of the day.