The Russian national team won eight gold and two silver medals at the International Olympiad of Schoolchildren in Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA 2021), as reported by the press service of the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation.
“The Russian national team has set an absolute record in the Olympiad in astronomy and astrophysics. This year, the 14th International Olympiad of Schoolchildren in Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA2021) was held from November 14 to 21, 2021, in Bogota (Colombia) in a remote format,” the ministry reported in a statement.
As specified, a total of 48 countries and 62 teams took part in the event, each of which could declare two teams, the main one and the guest one. Both teams from Russia took medals of the highest stand. The absolute winner of the Olympiad was Maxim Permyakov from the city of Saransk.
The team was led by the senior lecturer at the Department of Celestial Mechanics of St. Petersburg State University Boris Eskin. The group was formed from the winners of the All-Russian Olympiad of Schoolchildren, which the Ministry of Education holds every year.
It is noted that the competition consisted of five rounds. These are a theoretical one, a team round, observation, analysis, and processing of solar data.
“In the Year of Science and Technology, we pay special attention to identifying the best educational practices aimed at revealing the talents of each student,” the Minister of Education of the Russian Federation, Sergey Kravtsov, said.
Source: Russian Ministry of Education