Natural Science Olympiad
About Natural Science Olympiad
In this modern day wherein technology advances and artificial intelligence thrive, it is important to continue to hone the science concepts among our students. It is to further develop their critical thinking, problem-solving skill, and innovativeness. This is the main goal of Copernicus’ Natural Science Olympiad – to provide a venue for students to test their knowledge on natural science, engage in decision making, and learn how to apply skills in a real-life context.
The Natural Science Olympiad focuses on Natural science, a science that involves understanding, prediction, and description of natural phenomena. Natural science can be divided into two main branches: life science and physical science. Life science is alternatively known as biology, and physical science is subdivided into branches: physics, chemistry, earth science, and astronomy.
Natural science entails an in-depth study of the natural phenomena and therefore helps students to learn concepts required to understand the natural world. With such understanding, students can solve existing problems and also come up with inventions. Focusing natural science is vital as it helps students acquire analytical and critical thinking skills as they understand the natural world.
Copernicus Natural Science Olympiad Mechanics
- The Copernicus Natural Science Olympiad is an international event that is open to students from Grade 3 to 12.
- It is divided into two rounds – the Preliminary Round and the Global Round.
- Students can register to the event through an online registration via Copernicus Olympiad website or via official country representatives.
- All registered participants will take the online qualifying exam for the Preliminary Round which will be held on September 23-24 and October 14-15, 2023.
The online qualifying exam has 25 multiple choice questions that will be administered for 60 minutes. Students must choose the online qualifying exam from the Category they belong to. The groupings are as follows:
- Category 1 – Grade 3 and 4
- Category 2 – Grade 5 and 6
- Category 3 – Grade 7 and 8
- Category 4 – Grade 9 and 10
- Category 5 – Grade 11 and 12
The Preliminary Round exam is all about Natural science with the following sub-categories:
|Life Science||Physical Science|
- Students who get at least 40% in the Preliminary Round become eligible to participate the Global Round.
- Regardless of score, all participants of Elimination Round will receive a Certificate of Participation.
- Students who qualify for the Global Round will be awarded with a Certificate of Achievement and a medal according to the score they got in the Preliminary Round exam.
- 40% to 49% – Honorable Mention Certificate
- 50% to 74% – Bronze Medal
- 75% to 90% – Silver Medal + 5% off in the Global Round registration fees
- 91% to 100% – Gold Medal + 10% off in the Global Round registration fees
- Qualifiers to the Global Round must register again to the website or through official country representatives to indicate important travel documentation.
- The Global Round will be held between January 7 and 11, 2024 at the Rice University in Houston, Texas.
- The Global Round exam is a combination of exam, interactive challenges, and tour quizzes.
- The Global Round Exam consists of 25 multiple choice questions about Natural science, with subcategories similar to the Preliminary Round.
- The Interactive Challenges are as follows:
- Problem-Solving Challenge is a set of different scientific games and puzzles to feed the interests of the young minds. It is basically a fun and exciting segment during the event, with the application of the learning in different fields of science.
- On-the-Spot Challenge is the part of the competition that is composed of impromptu challenges that may range from simple essay writing and slogan making to experiment designing and science journalism. To become a true scientist, one does not simply perform the experiment; one must also be open-minded and be engaged in critical thinking about present issues, towards communicating the findings. Thus, this workshop provides another venue for attaining the fullness of being a scientist.
Note that students have an option to do the interactive challenge individually or by team. There could only be a maximum of 3 students per team and students must belong to the same grade level groupings. Should students decide to group together, their team score will be their individual score at the end of the challenge.
- The Tour Quizzes are 5 to 10 item questions that students will answer as they visit various educational places as part of the Natural Science Olympiad tour package.
- To determine the winners, scores of participants for each round will be gathered and computed based on the given percentages. Take note that scores will be computed individually.
- Global Round Exam = 80%
- Interactive Challenges = 10%
- Tour Quizzes =10%
- Total = 100%
- In the Global Round, medals will be awarded based on the following percentages:
- The top 10% will receive a Gold Medal.
- The next 11-30% will receive a Silver Medal.
- The next 31-60% will receive a Bronze Medal.
- The next 61-75% will receive an Honorable Mention Certificate.
Moreover, the top three students in each Category of the Global Round will receive special prizes listed below:
Syllabus of the Natural Science Olympiad
|Syllabus||Life Science||Physical Science|
|Category 1 (Grade 3 and 4)||
|Category 2 (Grade 5 and 6)||
|Category 3 (Grade 7 and 8)||
|Category 4 (Grade 9 and 10)||
|Category 5 (Grade 11 and 12)||