Singapore students shine at international science and mathematics competitions

The Singapore team at the 46th International Physics Olympiad held in Mumbai, India.
The Singapore team at the 46th International Physics Olympiad held in Mumbai, India.PHOTO: MOE

SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Education (MOE) has lauded local students for achieving a slew of stellar results at various international competitions over the last two months.

At the 28th International Young Physicists Tournament (IYPT) held in Thailand from June 27 to July 4, a five-student team beat 26 other countries to clinch Singapore's third straight gold medal.

The IYPT requires a team of 15 to 18-year-old students - accompanied by one or two team leaders - to solve complicated scientific problems.

They are tasked to apply actual scientific methods used by real physicists to solve problems often related to everyday phenomena, and must compete in several rounds called Physics Fights in a bid to rack up the highest score for a place in the final.

Meanwhile, three golds and a silver were bagged at the 26th International Biology Olympiad staged in Denmark (July 12-19), with Singapore placed third overall in a field of 239 student participants from 60 countries.

Over in Azerbaijan, the Singapore team won a gold and three silvers at the 47th International Chemistry Olympiad. They finished in eighth place, among 290 participants from 75 countries.

Other competition results

- 56th International Mathematical Olympiad held in Chiang Mai, Thailand: One gold, four silvers (placed 10th in field of 577 participants from 104 countries)

- 27th International Olympiad in Informatics held in Almaty, Kazakhstan: One silver, three bronzes (placed 27th in field of 322 participants from 83 countries)

- 46th International Physics Olympiad held in Mumbai, India: One gold, four silvers (placed 10th in a field of 382 participants from 83 countries)