Taiwan Tops the 2016 International Junior Science Olympiad
The Taiwan team, trained by professors of NTNU, had a good showing at the 13th International Junior Science Olympiad. Six delegates from Taiwan won 5 gold and 1 silver medals and boosts the best performance of all countries. Lai Chun Mao from Tainan Jiansing Junior High School grabbed two individual prizes — best theoretician and best overall student — for his outstanding performance in the competition.
The delegates went to Bali, Indonesia on December 2nd, the opening ceremony was held on December 10th. After three day visits in Bali and Surabaya, they came back to Taiwan on December 14th.
Taiwan's olympiad team comprised Luo Pei-jui from Taichung Municipal Chu Jen Junior High School, Lai Chun-mao and Song Po-chen from Tainan Jiansing Junior High School, Cheng Yu-chi from Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School, Shih Chia-yang from Ching Cheng High School in the central country of Changhua, and Chen Yi from Tainan First High School.
This year, the IJSO is themed "Science for Creative Innovation."
IJSO has been established in recognition of the significance of Natural Sciences in the general education of young people and in all aspects of their lives.
The International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) is an annual individual and team competition in the Natural Sciences for students who are under sixteen years old on 31st December of the competition year. IJSO has been established in recognition of the significance of the Natural Sciences in the general education of young people and in all aspects of their lives. It is a purely educational event. To recognize students’ outstanding performance, the MOE formulated and issued special regulations. Those who win a gold medal can be automatically admitted high schools or vocational schools. In addition, Golden medalist will receive a 200,000 NT dollar scholarship; those who win a silver medal will receive a 100,000 NT dollar scholarship; and those who win a bronze medal will receive a 50,000 NT dollar scholarship. A student who wins two or more different awards during the same academic year can only apply for the most valuable scholarship he or she qualifies for.
The Ministry of Education says it will continue to participate in this program so as to provide young people with science-oriented opportunities to participate in international competitions and to increase the exchange channel of scientific education between Taiwan and other countries as well as the opportunity to cooperate with the international scientific communities.