Team Korea for the International Earth Science Olympiad 2021 / Courtesy of Korean Foundation for the Advancement of Science & Creativity
By Kim Bo-eun
Korea ranked fourth out of 32 countries in the 14th International Earth Science Olympiad (IESO) held last month, a government foundation said this week.
The annual competition for secondary school students was resumed online from Aug. 25 to 30 after last year’s event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 206 students from 32 countries took part in this year’s competition.
The competition is comprised of a data mining test using big data and a national team field investigation involving a presentation. Along with the competition, the event also held projects where students took part in researching environmental problems and presenting solutions to them.
Kim Keum-min, a third-year student at Incheon Science High School, received an “excellent” rating in the data mining test by making it into the top 15 percentile.
The excellent rating is equivalent to a gold medal. The IESO usually awards medals, but provided “excellent,” “very good” and “good” ratings this year as the competition was held online.
Four Korean students received the “very good” rating and three received the “good” rating in the same category. The Korea team also received two “very good” ratings and two “good” ratings in the national team field investigation.
This year’s competition presented questions on climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic and exploring Mars, enabling students to come up with solutions to pending issues.
“We will continue to support the students after the competition so that they can become key figures in the field of future science,” Korean Foundation for the Advancement of Science & Creativity (KOFAC) President Cho Yul-rae was quoted as saying in a press release.Internet Explorer Channel Network