The exams for the finalists for the Youth Science Olympiad in (Mathematics and Science) continued for the second day in a row at the Ebla Hotel and the Umayyad Conference Palace in Damascus.
The science tests (physics, chemistry and biology) were conducted over a period of two hours and included questions and problems that measure logical analysis skills and were inspired by the scientific structure of the Syrian Scientific Olympiad.
While accompanying today's tests, Dr. Yaman Al-Atassi, head of the Central Scientific Committee for Chemistry in the Syrian Scientific Olympiad, explained that the questions were asked in a new way and different from the traditional method, as the tests provide the student with all the information that needs a logical trial to get him to the correct answer, noting that the Olympiad for adolescents targets an age group. A small pioneering and useful experience that stimulates the mind and the spirit of competition.
Dr. Abdel Samie Hanano, Chairman of the Scientific Committee for Biology, indicated that today's tests were carried out in a pattern similar to international and systematic competitions, considering that the Youth Olympiad is a new and Syrian experience through which scientific and human investment can be made for young minds at an early stage.
From the Physics Committee, Dr. Mazen Hassan referred to the role of the Youth Olympiad in developing the Olympiad project in Syria and spreading the Olympiad culture among students in order to supply national teams with distinguished students from the seventh and eighth grades of basic education.
From the supervising team accompanying the Olympiad students, Mahmoud Ghamid pointed out that the competitions witnessed a distinguished presence for the students who were distinguished by their scientific performance and interaction in the activities designated for them, indicating that the results will be issued this evening and the award will be according to the following: “10% of the participants will win gold medals, 25% will receive silver medals, and 50% will receive medals.” Bronze and 15% with Certificates of Appreciation” and the top ten students will qualify for direct participation in the final qualifiers for the Syrian Scientific Olympiad for tenth graders without passing the qualification tests.
A number of students said during their statements to SANA that the exams were characterized by difficulty, accuracy and the need for deep thinking, expressing their hope to achieve advanced ranks. Julie Wannous from Tartous Governorate drew attention to the benefit she obtained from the exams and the training she received during the preceding period.
The two students, Sinan Abbas from Lattakia Governorate and Sawsan Mahfoud from Tartous, considered the Olympiad an important experience through which they were introduced to a new study method that would help them in their future studies.
From As-Suwayda, students Helen Rafea, Ghaith Al-Halabi and Ribal Abu Ammar saw that the level of questions ranged between ease and difficulty, noting the scientific and social activities accompanying the exams, while the student Naya Eid from Homs described the Olympiad experience as interesting and useful.
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