Silver and Bronze from Georgia
The German Team (left to right.): Johnny Alexander Jimenez Siegert, Leo Gitin, Simon Lichtinger, Paul Rathke.
This year’s motto for the International Chemistry Olympiad in Tiflis, Georgia which took place from 23rd July to 01st August 2016 was „... chemistry is just another word for love“.
Altogether, the German participants won a silver medal and three bronze medals. Simon Lichtinger from Bavaria (Gymnasium Dingolfing) received silver. Bronze went to the following: Johnny Alexander Jimenez Siegert from Saxony-Anhalt (Georg-Cantor-Gymnasium, Halle (Saale)), Leo Gitin from Saxony (Wilhelm-Ostwald-Gymnasium, Leipzig) und Paul Rathke from Thuringa (Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium, Erfurt).
The selected members of the German team were chosen from the original 1237 entrants, whereby they had to go through a four-round selection phase competition. It was the first time that the second round was carried out in the form of an exam. From experience gathered in previous years, it transpired that using social media was not able to guarantee a fair selection of the best candidates. The changeover to a written exam form was able to be implemented without any problems and will be used for the future.
The Chemistry Olympiad is promoted by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research; it is also one of the official student competitions recommended by Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (KMK) The IPN - Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education at Kiel University organizes the competition. Next year, the Chemistry Olympiad is to be held in Thailand.
Contact at IPN:
PD Dr Sabine Nick
IPN an der Universität Kiel
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