Vietnamese contestants at the 15th International Junior Science Olympiad (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – All the Vietnamese contestants bagged prizes at the 15th International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) held in Botswana from December 2-10.   

According to the Hanoi municipal Department of Education and Training, Nguyen Manh Quan, Vu Quynh Chi, Nguyen Tran Mai Phuong and Nguyen Le Thao Anh each brought home a gold medal. Tran Dinh Quan won two silvers while another silver was earned by La Trieu Duong.

All of them are 10th graders of the Hanoi Amsterdam High School for the Gifted.

The group of Anh, Chi and Duong also secured a gold medal in the practice category.

With the achievements, the Vietnamese team claimed a bronze medal in the Olympiad.

IJSO is a competition in science for students who are 15 years old or younger. It aims to promote interest in science among school students, exposing them to problem solving, critical thinking and experimentation.

IJSO is held in the first week of December of every year, in different countries. Currently around 50 member countries participate every year.

The academic competitions of the IJSO include challenging tests in topics of science, both as theory questions and practice tasks. The tests are designed to address students' understanding of concepts, and their ability to apply concepts to the situations described in the tests.

An important aim of the Olympiads is for young people to experience different cultures and to bring about interactions between students from across the world. The Olympiads thus have a potential to promote global peace and understanding.

Themed “Discovery, Innovation and Environment”, this year’s event attracted the participation of 276 students from 44 countries and territories worldwide.-VNA