Olympiad in your classroom

Our primary goal is to foster students’ enthusiasm for chemistry and to connect like-minded people. We need your help! As a teacher you can help us by motivating, informing and coaching your students. We need you to encourage talented students to participate – either your entire class or individual students.

You register yourself and your class online for the competition. Students write the test online, and you can also view the results online. Kick off for the first round is August, 19, 2020. The closing date for submissions is September, 26, 2020. 

 

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If you would like to take the test in paper form, you can download it here. Please send the completed tests to the following address: Science Olympiad, University of Bern, Hochschulstrasse 6, 3012 Bern. Thank you very much!

FAQ

Why should I sign my students up to participate?

Because you make a valuable contribution.

  • You can challenge gifted students – with little extra effort on your part.

  • You may lay the foundation for a student’s university studies or a career in chemistry – this is quite common.

  • You open new doors. Students might discover hidden talents or interests.

  • You will get information on the level of your students – in comparison with students from Switzerland and around the world.

  • You can be proud of the accomplishments of your students, proud your school’s commitment – and proud of your own contribution.

What’s my task?

  • You are responsible for motivating the students to participate.

  • You initiate the first exam. That is very simple – students can participate in class or as homework. The exam takes 40 minutes and can be solved online or on paper.

How do I sign up?

You register yourself and your class online for the competition. Students write the test online, and you can also view the results online. Closing date for the 1st round is September, 26th 2020. 

 

REGISTER NOW

 

If you would like to take the test in paper form, you can download it here. Please send the completed tests to the following address: Science Olympiad, University of Bern, Hochschulstrasse 6, 3012 Bern. Thank you very much!

What are the different steps of the competition?

The competition is divided into three rounds. Details of the individual rounds can be found here

What are the requirements for participants?

  • Students must either be enrolled at a Swiss or Liechtenstein school.

  • Students must not be enrolled at university or a university of applied sciences.

  • There is no age limit for the 1st round. For the 2nd round onwards students must be born no earlier than 1. July 2001 for the competition 2020/2021. (Exceptions are possible under some circumstances, please contact us for further information.)

How much does it cost to participate?

The participation is free of charge. Throughout the competition, the olympiad covers all necessary expenses for students. This includes travel costs by public transport (2nd class), food, and accommodation.

 

Which level is required to participate in the Chemistry Olympiad?

Participation is recommended for pupils who have already attended 1-2 years of chemistry lessons at secondary level II. However, participation in the Chemistry Olympiad is open to all interested and motivated young people.

 

How can I prepare my students for the competition?

No preparation is necessary for the first round.

If you wish to get an idea of the level, you can find exams from previous years here.

Are there other Science Olympiads?

Yes, there are 8 more Science Olympiads in the following subjects: biology, geography, informatics, mathematics, philosophy, physicsrobotics and economics.

 

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