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A group of pupils from Trnava School proves to be among the best in the world in Robotics

A group of pupils from Trnava, called IT-PRO-BESST, made their way to the finals of championship in Detroit, USA, thanks to their hobby in building robots out of LEGO MINDSTORM building blocks. 
At the end of April pupils from Billingual English-Slovak School Trnava won a fantastic 3rd place out of 104 competitors.

IT-PRO-BESST team is travelling to the FIRST Championship Detroit

The world-famous LEGO builder can be packed in any way, even a robot that changes the child's play to the first scientific experiments. The pupil of the BESST English-Slovak bilingual school in Trnava has been dedicating to LEGO Mindstorms for a long time and has won the 9th place amongst the European Central Teams in Germany. Thanks to this performance, they will be demonstrating their scientific talent at the world championship in Detroit, USA.


What’s extraordinary about the Night with Andersen, the Week of Reading out loud, or the Bookmarks connecting Schools?
These are events to support and develop reader literacy in collaboration with school libraries that we regularly organize at our school. Our teacher Ms. Adela Melišekova-Dojčanová wrote a paper concerning these events that was received in the International Proceedings of the Conference of Educational Change Paradigms. See the full post on pages 179 - 194.

International Proceedings of the Conference of Educational Change Paradigms in PDF


A note of thanks from slovak writer

Dear Teacher, we had very good and pleasant feelings from the visit in your school. I was particularly surprised by children who were ready, disciplined, and clever. The work of teachers is clearly easy to see and believe me that I know what I'm saying - since I visited more than 180 schools. It is difficult to overlook areas where the teachers particularly pay attention to pupils and truly focus on work with them. I also noticed that the teachers paid attention to my narrative, too which made me very happy. I hope the children will take something from my books and will learn and remember the beautiful moments together with Gordon. They gave me the energy that everyone is lacking today ... Thank you again, we send our best regards to you with my husband, we wish you beautiful holidays, a successful and especially healthy new year, and Gordon sends you a handshake with his paw and the big lick on the cheek.

♥ Mary and Jaroslav Vrkoslavovci and - of course – Gordon


Future Classroom Lab

In September, our teacher, Ms Pollákova, attended 2-day The Future Classroom Scenarios Workshop. The workshop gives participants an opportunity to explore innovative approaches and technologies to enhance classroom delivery, and work with other teachers from across Europe to develop new ideas for everyone's own classroom and school. The course was designed to give a hands-on approach to help participants develop their own ideas about 21st Century Learning and the effective use of technology.
The workshop has been organized as part of the Future Classroom Lab (FCL). The Future Classroom Lab (FCL) is an inspirational learning environment in Brussels, challenging visitors to rethink the role of pedagogy, technology and design in their classrooms. Through six learning zones, visitors can explore the essential elements in delivering 21st century learning: students' and teachers' skills and roles, learning styles, learning environment design, current and emerging technology, and societal trends affecting education.

To see the video from the workshop click HERE

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Trnava students to showcase their robot at Asia Pacific Invitational in Sydney

Seven young LEGO researchers moved trough to the next round of First LEGO League (FLL) competition to showcase their robot in Sydney. First LEGO League is the biggest international robotics and programming competition for students aged 9 – 16. Ten thousands of children from around the world participate to move trough to the semifinals and finals up to world festival. BESST students supervised by their coaches had formed IT-PRO-BESST team which represented Trnava and Slovakia at Asia Pacific Invitational in Australia held on 21 June 2017.

Reportage in Radio Slovensko
Reportage in radio Regina

Slovak students to move through to the First LEGO League World Festival in the USA again!

Slovak students aged 9-16 took part in the international First LEGO League tournament which consist of four equal parts; Robot Game, Robot Design, Research Presentation and Team Work, for the 9th time.  90 teams registered for this year regional tournaments, the best moving through to the Central European rounds organized by Hands on Technology to compete among 955 teams. 127 winning teams competed in 7 semifinal rounds; 24 best teams met in FLL Central European Finals 2016/2017 in Regensburg on 3rd and 4th March

Our second team, IT-PRO-BESST from Trnava did an exceptionally good job as well. The team won 4th place in the most-watched category, Robot Design and 10th place overall. Coaches Rastislav Rehák and Nina Sýkorová were both thrilled and disappointed: “Congratulations to Talentum SAP team and their success; we wish them good luck in representing Slovakia in the US tournament. As for this tournament, it is difficult to comment on our success yet as we are both happy and sad with the results. We have to commend the execution of the tournament; the atmosphere was amazing and we loved the space.  It has been an extraordinary experience. We would like to thank each and every team member, we are so proud of them and their achievements. Special thanks go to parents of our team members, our partners, and the school. We would not be able to get so far without their help.”

First Lego League in Slovakia Press Release

Slovak team’s success in the international semifinals of FIRST LEGO League programming and robotics tournament

10 teams moved trough FIRST LEGO League Slovak regional rounds (Žiar nad Hronom, Banská Bystrica, Žilina, Poprad, Bratislava, Košice a Bratislava-Petržalka) to the Central European semifinals in Debrecen. 27 teams consisting of students aged 9-16 from six European countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Russia) took part in robotics and programming tournament on 4th and 5th February 2017.  Only 2 teams from each regional round were to move trough to the next round. Slovak IT-PRO-BESST robot from Trnava scored 314 in Robot Game and became the overall winner considering the scores from the other three categories. Our team moved trough to the European finals along with TalentumSAP team from Košice! Read more here:

Scottish visit in Grade 1

At occasion of the Slovakia vs Scotland match our Grade 1 students welcomed members of Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal. The Tartan Army members who wore their typical tartan clothes had prepared ceremonial for the children to talk about mental health, stress and every day problems children face. Coping with everyday difficulties are taught through Zippy’s Friends programme at BESST.