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The German Team for the International Junior Science Olympiad 2018 in Botswana has Been Selected

September 24th, 2018

Last week, the final round of the selection competition took place for the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) 2018. An exciting week lies behind the 39 federal finalists who qualified for the last round at the Merseburg University of Applied Sciences.

The six best in the group now form the German team that will travel to Botswana for the international competition:

Anton Haas, Max-Steenbeck-Gymnasium Cottbus (Brandenburg)
Marinus Lehmann, Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Gymnasium Potsdam (Brandenburg)
Frieder Petzold, Martin-Andersen-Nexö-Gymnasium Dresden (Saxony)
Nico Enghardt, Martin-Andersen-Nexö-Gymnasium Dresden (Saxony)
Floria Thömel, Martin-Andersen-Nexö-Gymnasium Dresden (Saxony)
Ann-Kathrin Götz, Leibniz-Gymnasium Altdorf (Bavaria)


3500 young people, under 15 years old, took part in the first round of the "Geniales Gemüse" competition. In the federal final in Merseburg, 39 bright minds competed in a challenging closed-door program to secure tickets for the national team. There was a varied "cool down" program including a visit to the student laboratory "Touchable Chemistry", improvisational theatre, game evenings and bowling.

The selection of the top six for the national team took place at the awards ceremony at the end of the intense and eventful week. Anton Haas, Marinus Lehmann, Frieder Petzold, Nico Enghardt and Floria Thömel as well as Ann-Katrin Götz are already thrilled about their travel. Nevertheless, there will be intense training before their departure. At a training seminar in November, the team will receive finishing touches for the Olympics.

At the beginning of December 2018, the school delegation will travel to Botswana accompanied by IPN members of staff - Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education. There they will meet 300 science enthusiasts from 50 nations and compete for gold, silver and bronze medals. In 2020, Germany itself will host the Olympic competition in Frankfurt am Main.

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