The IJSO is aimed at all-rounders, that is to say, young people who are interested in overarching questions of biology, chemistry and physics. The contest is open to school students at general and vocational schools who are 15 years of age or younger in the year of the contest.
The IJSO is a nation-wide contest for school students which takes place in four rounds. In the first round, the students work at home to solve simple practical and theoretical problems in the field of biology, chemistry and physics. The tasks are interdisciplinary and demonstrate the significance of science in everyday life. The questions are sent to the schools at the beginning of the year and are published on the IJSO's website on 15 January each year.
The second round consists of a written examination taken at school. Selected prize winners from Länder science competitions or from Junior Academies are invited to enter round two of the IJSO directly in addition to those young people who qualify for the second round in the first round of the contest.
The 45 best students are invited to a six-day selection seminar at Merseburg University of Applied Sciences or Jacobs University in Bremen. The six members of the German national IJSO team are selected at this seminar.
The national team receives coaching to participate in the "Olympic Games" in the fourth round at a training seminar at the IPN (Institute for Science Education) in Kiel. The international competition takes place every year in December.
A public prize award ceremony takes place at the end of the selection seminar. Participants are awarded medals, certificates, book prizes and material prizes. The teaching staff involved are also awarded certificates for their commitment.
International Junior Science Olympiad
Leibniz-Institut für die Pädagogik der Naturwissenschaften (IPN) an der Universität Kiel
Dr. Heide Peters
Tel.: +49 (0) 431/880-3133
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