Taiwan students sweep international junior science Olympiad

Taiwan team at the 2018 International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) has won six gold medals, leading the medal count among the 44 countries participating in the competition in Botswana, Africa. The six students all took

TAIPEI – (CNA) Taiwan has taken six gold medals at the 2018 International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO), leading the medal count among the 44 countries participating in the competition in Botswana.

The event, being held Dec.2-11 in the city of Gaborone, includes individual and team competitions for students 15 years old or younger, in the natural sciences – physics, chemistry and biology.

The six members of the Taiwan team each won a gold medal. One of the students, Chen Chien-yi (陳謙毅) from National Experimental High School at Hsinchu Science Park, also won the Olympiad’s best theoretical prize and placed second in the overall ranking. Tseng Wei-fu (曾暐富) from Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School placed third overall.

Taiwan first participated in the IJSO in 2004 and has topped the medal table 10 times, winning 77 gold medals to date.

The International Junior Science Olympiad is an annual science competition that fosters students’ problem solving and critical thinking abilities and experimentation skills. Between 30 and 50 member countries participate every year, with each country allowed to send a team of up to six students.

By Chen Chih-chung and Christie Chen