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IJSO Participants in a buzz about the Junior Research Days in Mainz

June 2, 2015

The sixth Junior Research Days took place in Mainz this year. In all, twenty 11-12-year-old German students were guests at the University of Mainz. This year’s theme focused on “Colours and Colours”, and the student’s carried out selected scientific experiments that dealt with this topic. IPN staff members supervised the students during their stay in Mainz and organized the event on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research.

The international Junior Science Olympiad first took place in Jakarta in 2004. Its aim then was and still is to discover highly talented young people and to awaken their enthusiasm from an early age for the natural sciences. Acceptance into the German national IJSO team is a process that goes through a four-stage national selection competition. The six best students will travel to Daegu in South Korea in December to participate at an international competition where 250 to 300 teenagers from 50 nations meet to compete for gold, silver and bronze medals.

Individual performance is not the sole criterion which is required for solving theoretical tasks. Other decisive qualities that influence the outcome of the student competition are teamwork and the ability to solve problems using an interdisciplinary mindset when carrying out laboratory experiments.


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