Pokémon frenzy is in its second year

May 25, 2010

By Max Smith-Holmes

By Max Smith-Holmes

Physics students are usually known more for their brains than their video game prowess. For Skyline High School’s International Baccalaureate physics students, however, the latter may be the more valued trait.

Each spring, Skyline’s IB physics classes take a field trip to the Silverwood theme park in Idaho. Last year, the annual trip adopted a new tradition: a Pokémon video game frenzy brought about by usual school boredom.

Then senior Tyler Ninomura came up with the idea to bring Game Boy video game systems into physics class on days when there was free time. The students used cables to link their systems together and battle each other one on one.

The activity grew in popularity and eventually became an organized tournament for the bus rides to Silverwood.“Since we had such great success with it last year, we decided to do it again this year,” said Tim Abbott, a key player in the tournament.

All students on one bus this year are participating in the competition. The winner will get the glory of dominating their physics-minded peers in the epic game of Pokémon.

“To wrap it all up, it’s a way the IB physics class gets to unwind at the end of the year,” Abbott said.

Pokémon skills pay off in surprisingly big ways — Ninomura earned a scholarship that is helping him pay for tuition at the University of Washington.

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