Science Olympiad heats at Queen's University
Posted on Tuesday 24th April 2012
The first qualifying heats for the 44th International Chemistry Olympiad and the 43rd International Physics Olympiad were held in the Whitla Hall at Queen's University on Saturday 18 February 2012. This event brought together over 100 Sixth form students from across Northern Ireland to compete for the opportunity to represent the All-Irish Olympiad teams in USA and Estonia in the World Finals.
The top ten students were awarded prizes, including four bronze, four silver and two gold awards, and all the participants received a certificate for taking part in what was a very challenging event. The standard of the examination answers was extremely high and all the participants should be congratulated for their efforts
The gold and silver award winners were invited to attend a second selection event and the top students from this are selected to represent the All-Irish team.
Northern Irish students have performed well in previous International Chemistry Olympiads with a medal being won each year. The 2010 competition was held in Tokyo, Japan and Anandagopal Srinivasan from Methodist College Belfast won a Bronze Medal. In 2011, the team travelled to Ankara, Turkey and Matthew Knox for Banbridge Academy also won a Bronze Medal.
Similar success has been made in the International Physics Olympiad. In 2010 in Zagreb, Jordan Millar from Regent House Grammar School won a Bronze Medal, and David Nesbitt from Ballymena Academy achieved an honorable mention. In the 2011 Physics Olympiad in Bangkok Carl McCarron from Lumen Christi College also received an honorable mention.