Meridia Audience Response to Sponsor the World Scholar’s Cup

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Meridia Audience Response to help bring together the world's future leaders by sponsoring the audience response system used in the most dramatic World Scholar's Cup event: the Scholar's Bowl.

Meridia Audience Response has partnered with the World Scholar’s Cup as a sponsor of the 2010 World Scholar’s Cup tournament season.

The World Scholar’s Cup is a global academic tournament program that brings together thousands of secondary school students (ages 12-19) from over 30 countries. Students work closely in teams of three and participate in four main events—the Scholar’s Challenge, Writing, Team Debate, and the Scholar’s Bowl. Students do more than compete: they form a community, explore a rich body of learning material, and discuss difficult issues related to each year’s central theme. The 2010 World Scholar’s Cup theme is "A World Divided". Approximately fifteen regional rounds are held across the globe each spring and fall, leading into two global rounds hosted in the summer and winter by different countries.

Meridia, an industry leader in providing electronic polling devices and services for over 40 years, will furnish the audience response system to be used in the Scholar’s Bowl event in every World Scholar’s Cup tournament through December. The Scholar’s Bowl event features teams of three students collaborating to answer multiple choice challenges on subjects as diverse as literature, history, science, and the psychology of war. Teams enter their responses on a wireless keypad and race to score the most points. The responses are recorded and scored by computer software and results are displayed after each round of questions. Meridia is providing all equipment, including keypads and base unit receivers, in addition to the computer software that processes the results.

“Students found the Meridia clickers easy to use and completely reliable—even when one was accidentally thrown across the theater after a particularly tough question,” said Daniel Berdichevsky, founder and president of the World Scholar’s Cup, following the implementation of the Meridia system at the World Scholar’s Cup 2010 Singapore Round on Sunday, March 28.

The World Scholar’s Cup is a nonprofit organization that depends on corporate contributions and dedicated volunteers to make its program accessible to students of all backgrounds in all nations. More information about World Scholar’s Cup can be found at http://www.scholarscup.org, or by calling +1-818-716-2820, and about Meridia Audience Response at http://www.MeridiaARS.com, or by calling +1-610-260-6800.

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