International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) is a science competition for students who are fifteen years or younger on December 31st of the competition year. IJSO was established to promote interest in science among school students, exposing them to problem solving, critical thinking and experimentation. Over the years, IJSO aims to positively impact science and mathematics education at school level.
IJSO is held in the first week of December of every year, in different countries. Currently, around 50 member countries participate per annum.
The academic competition of the IJSO includes challenging tests in topics of science, both as theory questions and practical assignments. The tests are designed to address students' understanding of scientific concepts, and their ability to apply concepts to the situations described in the tests.
Another important objective of the Olympiads is for young people to experience different cultures and to bring about interactions between students from across the world. Thus, the Olympiads have a potential to promote global peace and understanding.
The IJSO statutes state that no country should have its delegation excluded from participation on political grounds, lack of diplomatic relations, lack of recognition by the government of the organizing country, imposed embargoes, or other similar reasons. It is expected that the team representing the country has been selected after some form of national effort.
Participation in the IJSO either by a host country, a delegation, or an observer, signifies acceptance of the statutes governing the IJSO.
For more information, please visit the website on http://www.ijsoweb.org/
History of IJSO
- 1st 2004 Indonesia , Jakarta
- 2nd 2005 Indonesia, Yogyakarta
- 3rd 2006 Brazil, Estado de São Paulo
- 4th 2007 Taiwan, Taipei
- 5th 2008 South Korea, Gyeongsangnam-do
- 6th 2009 Azerbaijan, Baku
- 7th 2010 Nigeria,
- 8th 2011 South Africa, Durban
- 9th 2012 Iran, Teheran
- 10th 2013 India, Mumbai
- 11th 2014 Argentina, Mendoza
- 12th 2015 South Korea, Daegu