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Record attendance at the JuniorScience Olympics

February 22nd 2019

It’s all about the egg

The German selection competition for the International JuniorScience Olympiad (IJSO) 2019 has started into the first round with a record number of participants. By the registration deadline more than 5200 young people had registered for the Science Olympiad.

"We've never had so many committed students before," says Heide Peters, the competition director for many years. At home and abroad, young researchers investigated the chicken egg alone or in a team, at home and at school. They dissolved the shell with vinegar and removed the inside. They measured, weighed, valued and answered all kinds of questions about eggs.

About 90 percent of the registered participants submitted their solutions and 700 teachers evaluated the findings. Participants for the second round have now been determined. The official start date for the IJSOquiz is February 26th. "About 1000 participants write the IJSOquiz every year and get closer to getting a ticket to the international competition," says Heide Peters.

This year the international competition will take place in Qatar. But there is still a long way to go. In May, after the quiz, the written exam round decides on the selection of participants for the Federal Final at Leibniz University Hannover. A six-member national team will be announced after demanding experimental and theoretical examinations.

Background of the IJSO

The International JuniorScience Olympiad (IJSO) is a nationwide school competition that offers interdisciplinary support for young scientists starting in grade 5. The age limit lies at 15 years. The national selection procedure, which is conducted by the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) in Kiel, extends over four rounds, of which the fourth takes place as part of a one-week event at the federal level.

In the end, the six best participants nationwide will represent the German national team. The international competition consists of two theoretical and one practical examination in a team and includes assignments from the fields of biology, chemistry and physics. The next International JuniorScience Olympiad will take place in Doha (Qatar) in December 2019. The national selection procedure is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Dr. Felicitas Niekiel
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