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The IJSO Selection Competition in Times of the Corona Pandemic

May 4th, 2020

Round three can start: Nationwide IJSO exams heading for schools

About 1000 participants in this year's second round of the International Junior Science Olympics' selection competition, the so-called IJSOquiz, competed under difficult conditions. Due to the Corona pandemic, regular classes are still not possible. Creative solutions were needed to show how, despite the difficult circumstances, all those who qualified could take the quiz under comparable conditions. Starting in May, the best from the quiz round will participate in the exam of the 3rd national selection round.

The 2nd round of the International Junior Science Olympics is completed. All participants of the 3rd round have been informed about their admission to the written exam. It lasts 90 minutes, starts in May and will be supervised by the schools. Nationwide, about 350 written exams are heading to the students who successfully completed the 2nd round. Both the supervising teachers and the students face special challenges due to the Corona pandemic.

The second round of the competition this year already went differently than usual, because many students were not allowed to enter their school to sit the exams there. Thus, in close cooperation with the team from the IJSO office, alternative possibilities for further participation in the competition were found. "All participants showed a great deal of imagination and flexibility to ensure that the further rounds of the competition would run as smoothly as possible," says Dr Felicitas Niekiel, the scientific director of the competition. "Our special thanks go to the state commissioners, who worked very hard in the federal states to ensure that the first rounds of the competition went smoothly. “

The 3rd round exam consists partly of multiple-choice tasks and partly of theoretical tasks from all the sciences. As every year, the exams contain a mixture of appealing and challenging tasks.

History of the IJSO

The International JuniorScienceOlympics (IJSO) is a nationwide competition for students, offering interdisciplinary support for young scientists starting in 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, extends over four rounds, the fourth of which takes place during a one-week event at the national level. In the end, the six best participants nationwide make up the German national team. The international competition consists of two theoretical and one practical team examination and includes tasks from the fields of biology, chemistry and physics. The national selection procedure is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Contact at the IPN:

Dr. Felicitas Niekiel
Ph..: +49 (0)431-880-7170

www.ijso.info