Menu

Education Today Logo


newsletter

Education Today Cover Browse Issue

Girls sweep eight medals including gold at the Int'l Physics Olympiad

News Image

The earth science team: (L-R) YiJie Neo, Chen Zhou, Joshua Lee, and Jemima Jeffree

Neo, a Year 12 student from John Monash Science School in Melbourne, has won a gold medal in the International Earth Science Olympiad in France, bringing the Australian team medal haul to 17 at the UNESCO-sanctioned 2017 International Science Olympiads.

 

She competed against more than 100 students from 29 countries, and finished in the top 10% of Earth Science students in the world. The competition involved two theory exams and four practical tests covering the topics of atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere and astronomy.

 

Another Australian team member, Nishka Tapaswi, a Year 12 student from Hornsby Girls’ High School, set a new record by being the first girl to bring home a silver medal from the International Physics Olympiad, which was held this year in Indonesia. She competed against 400 students from 86 countries and was Australia’s sole silver medallist in the tough Physics competition.

 

Neo and Tapaswi were two of the eight girls and nine boys who made the teams to represent Australia at the 2017 International Science Olympiads in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science and Physics.

 

“This is an outstanding achievement for Australia. We are delighted that our female Science Olympians raised the bar in a field that has too few female representatives,” says Ruth Carr, Executive Director of Australian Science Innovations.

 

“Our impressive medal haul this year is testament to our Science Olympians’ hard work and the program’s ability to not only nurture Australia’s top science students’ passion and talent for science, but also to break down gender stereotypes in science-related fields."

 

The students spent a year in exams and intensive training before competing on the international stage. They outperformed 5015 other students from more than 300 schools in the qualifying exams, making a shortlist of 93 to attend a two-week summer school at the Australian National University in preparation for the International Science Olympiad competitions.

 

The Australian Science Olympiad program is run by Australian Science Innovations and is funded through the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda, with support from the Australian National University.


11 Nov 2017 | Melbourne, VIC
Study finds boys could benefit from greater number of girls in schools News Image

Studying the reading test scores of more than 200,000 15-year-olds from over 8000 mixed-sex schools around the world, researchers discovered that boys’ performance was significantly better in schools where more than 60% of the pupils were girls. Read More

10 Nov 2017 | Melbourne, VIC
100 scholarships for teachers in RMIT App Development with Swift online program News Image

100 online scholarships for teachers are on offer as part of the new RMIT App Development with Swift curriculum. The Online program starts on 20 November while a new vocational education short course will be taught on campus from February 2018. Read More

10 Nov 2017
Risks and rewards in accelerating technology and social shifts News Image

Accelerating technology and social shifts are driving massive change in the economy, with fast-paced innovation transforming industries old and new and generating tremendous new opportunities for value creation. But Australian Students are at risk of being left behind. Read More

9 Nov 2017 | Sydney, NSW
Science experts 'walk the talk' to improve primary STEM learning News Image

The involvement of community science experts in primary school classrooms can transform students’ views about and understanding of science. Bringing in science and engineering experts who 'walk the talk of science' helps students understand the processes of scientific inquiry and their value to social progress. Read More                 

9 Nov 2017 | Australia
High schoolers take on futuristic space design challenge News Image

Ten high schools from Australia and New Zealand are one step closer to representing the Australasian region at the International Space Settlement Competition at Kennedy Space Centre as Space Design Competitions Australia announces finalists for the 2017 Australian Space Design Competition. Read More