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High attendance at the International Junior Science Olympiad

February 17th, 2021

More than 4,300 students took part in the interdisciplinary JuniorScienceOlympiad competition despite the pandemic-related restrictions on school activities. The experiments and tasks of the first round for the IJSO could be worked on both at school and at home.

Whether alone, in teams of two or three - 4,300 school children aged between 9 and 15 took part in the first round of this year's Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO). The students investigated a wide range of questions relating to the topic of stains. They created juice and chocolate stains and then removed them with various household products. They also observed how an extensive bath in washing solutions affects red gummy bears. This required a good knowledge of biology, chemistry and physics as well as a good dose of inquiring minds.

"We are pleased how well the students accept and implement our tasks," says IJSO Executive Director PD Dr. Heide Peters of the IPN. "In this particular year, the experiments, provided a good complement to distance learning." Thus, despite the Corona pandemic, the same number of students participated again as in the years before the pandemic.

Around 600 teachers evaluated the work of their students. They reported the results to the competition management, so that the participants in the second round have now been determined. The official start date for the IJSOquiz is March 01. "About 1 000 participants take the IJSOquiz every year and get a bit closer to winning their ticket to the international competition," says Dr. Felicitas Niekiel, the scientific director of the competition at IPN.

The international competition, which takes place every December, will be hosted by the United Arab Emirates in 2021. But there is still a long way to go until then. In May, after the quiz, the written exam round will decide who will take part in the national final in September. After demanding experimental and theoretical exams, the six-member national team will be publicly nominated.

About the competition:

The International JuniorScienceOlympiad (IJSO) is a nationwide student competition that provides interdisciplinary science education for young scientists from grade 5 onward. The age limit is 15 years. The national selection process, which is conducted by the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) in Kiel, extends over four rounds, the fourth of which takes place in a one-week event at the national level. At the end, the six best participants nationwide make up the German national team. The international competition consists of two theoretical and one practical team test and includes tasks from the fields of biology, chemistry and physics. The next International Junior Science Olympiad will take place in Dubai in December 2021. The national selection process is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Contact: Dr. Felicitas Niekiel (Scientific Director)

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