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Record participation in the International JuniorScience Olympiad 2020

February 12th, 2020

More than 5,500 young people participated in the first round of the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO). The IJSO thus beat its record number of participants from last year.

Be it alone, in teams of two or three - more than 5,500 students between the ages of 9 and 15 took part in the first round of this year's IJSO. The students examined a wide range of questions on the subject of ink. They made their own ink from tea and iron powder or used ink to study how plants absorb water. This required sound knowledge of biology, chemistry and physics as well as a good dose of curiosity.

"We are thrilled how well and especially how many of the students accept and perform our assignments" says long-time competition director Dr. Heide Peters (IPN). "We really didn't expect to again break our record number of participants in the first round this year!" The great commitment of the students and the supervising teachers says a lot regarding the organization of the science competition.

Around 700 teachers evaluated the work of their students. The results were communicated to the competition management and the participants of the second round are now decided. The official starting date for the IJSOquiz is February 24th. "Every year, about 1,000 participants take part in the IJSOquiz and move a step closer to the ticket for participation in the international competition," says Dr Felicitas Niekiel, the scientific director of the competition.

This year something new is waiting for the best six of the competition: The international competition will be held in Germany for the first time. The coordination and organization will be led by the IPN. It will take place from December 2nd to 12th, 2020 in Frankfurt. However, there is still a long way to go before then. In May, after the quiz, the examination round will decide who can take part in the national final. This will take place in September 2020 in Merseburg. The six-member national team will be publicly announced there after completing demanding experimental and theoretical exams.

History of the IJSO

The International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) is a nationwide school competition that offers interdisciplinary support for young scientists from grade 5. The upper age limit is 15 years. The national selection procedure, which is carried out by the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) in Kiel, comprises four rounds, the fourth of which takes place during a one-week event at national level. 

The six best participants nationwide will ultimately make up the German national team. The international competition consists of two theoretical and one practical team examination and includes challenges from the fields of biology, chemistry and physics. The next International JuniorScienceOlympics will take place in December 2020 in Frankfurt am Main. The national selection procedure is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).


Dr. Felicitas Niekiel
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