ISTEK Schools organize a nation-wide annual championship of mind games for high school students. The championship consists of brain games including puzzles, word games, board games, mathematical games, crosswords, sudokus, memory games, etc. The championship is held in collaboration with Yeditepe University and Turkish Brain Team. It is the first mind game championship in Turkey organized for young people under 18 years of age. Every year, nearly 3.000 students from across Turkey apply and join the competitions. 200 students actively take part in the finals that are held on Yeditepe University’s campus.
Competing students coming in from various cities around the country also get a chance to enjoy the social activities and Istanbul tours that take place during their stay for the championships. Large groups of ISTEK teachers are provided with professional training on Mind Games so that they can coach ISTEK students in this area. Furthermore, mind games are integrated into the mathematics curriculum especially in Middle School.