Six Pakistani students to enter in science Olympiad

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  • Botswana to host 10-day IJSO-2018 in December

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) will conduct test of the students intending to participate in the ‘International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO), scheduled to be held in December, for selection of six outstanding students.

The 15th International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO-2018) is going to be held on December 2-11, 2018 in Botswana on the theme “Discovery, Innovation and Environment.” IJSO is a science competition for students under 16-year-of age on December 31 of the competition year.

IJSO was established to promote interest in science among school students, exposing them to problem solving, critical thinking and experimentation. PSF Principal Scientific Officer Syeda Rehana Batool said that Pakistan became member of ISJO in the year 2016 and since then its students have won bronze medals and other awards despite lack of proper training, lab facilities and other facilities.

She said that the process of paper compilation for conducting test of the students was going on which was scheduled to be held next week. The panel of the scientists and experts would select the talented students for participation in the Olympiad on the basis of tests results. She said six-member team will be selected through transparent procedure and will be provided guidelines during the two months training period to participate in the competition in better way.

“PSF wants Pakistani team to bring laurels for its country by giving their best in the competition and raise the positive and healthy image of the country,” Rehana Batool said. The science Olympiad competition basically comprises over three components which are experimental part, theoretical and MCQs, she said.

Over the years, the International Junior Science Olympiad aims to positively impact science and mathematics education at the school level. The Science Olympiad is held in the first week of December of every year in different countries.