Big cities and best schoolchildren: Moscow to host Olympiad of Megalopolises

Big cities and best schoolchildren: Moscow to host Olympiad of Megalopolises
Four Moscow schools will host competitions for schoolchildren from big cities. This is the first time the Russian capital city will become the venue for this kind of tournament.

Schoolchildren from big cities and capitals of the world will all gather in Moscow in September for the Olympiad of Megalopolises, or intellectual competitions among schoolchildren.

The tournament will cover four subjects: maths, ICT, chemistry and physics. A total of 250 schoolchildren from different countries have already applied for the competition, but registration is still open.

The opening ceremony for the Olympiad has been scheduled for 4 September at the Izmailovo hotel complex, and the closing ceremony is due on 9 September at the Moscow Pioneers’ Palace.

The tournament’s website,, was launched in March  in Russian and in English. It provides information on visa support for foreign participants, gives organisers’ contact details, tells users about Russia and  lays out the programme of the Olympiad.

Who will be taking part

The event will bring together teenagers aged 14-18 who were attending an educational institution (school or college) as of 1 June 2016. Every city will be represented by eight pupils, two per each subject.

Each team is to have three leaders who will help the children to translate the assignments, which is why they are expected to know English and be proficient in maths, ICT, physics or chemistry.

The participants and team leaders as well as jury members will be staying at the Izmailovo hotel complex. Apart from the competitions, organisers have prepared an interesting cultural programme for them. The children will take part in a quest walk across Moscow, learn about the history and cultural heritage of Russia and its capital city, visit museums and exhibitions, and attend City Day festivities.

How the competitions will be organised

All the stages of the tournament will be held in Moscow schools. The competitions in physics will take place at School No. 2030, chemistry at School No. 1329, ICT at Lyceum No. 1560, and maths at Gymnasium No.1514.

The physics and chemistry competitions will be broken into theory and practice stages while maths and ICT contenders will be tackling tasks in two phases.

The assignments will correspond to the level and format of a traditional international intellectual olympiad. They were compiled by leaders of Russian teams who have already had the experience of such tournaments.

Apart from the major competitions, the children will be tested in an inter-disciplinary blitz tournament, which will simultaneously include assignments in maths, ICT, chemistry and physics. For this phase of competitions, teams send two tasks on each of the four subjects in advance. The assignments have to be at the level of school graduation exams. The blitz tournament results will not be added to the olympiad results and will not become part of the total score.

Moscow contenders

Schoolchildren from the Russian capital city have good chances at the upcoming competitions. They have been regular participants in international contests as part of the Russian team and have brought medals home.

This year, nine children have represented Moscow at various intellectual competitions. They won one gold and two silver medals at the 27th International Biology Olympiad held in Hanoi on 17-24 July. Previously, a graduate from the Second School lyceum and two children from School No. 1329 received top awards at the 57th International Mathematical Olympiad in Hong Kong. Another Moscow schoolboy from Second School won gold at the 47th International Physics Olympiad in Zurich.

In the 2015-16 school year, Moscow schoolchildren set new records at the major Russian tournament – the All-Russian Olympiad. The final stage of the contest saw 145 Moscow schoolchildren (39% of the total gold winners) from 75 schools win the top awards. The total number of medal winners from Moscow was 554.

Representatives of 214 Moscow educational establishments received certificates, which is the largest number in the history of this olympiad. Like in the previous years, Moscow schoolchildren won certificates in all subjects of the tournament.

Compared to 2009/2010, the number of prize winners from Moscow has increased by 150 percent, and the number of schools they come from has tripled. Today 33 percent of Moscow schools provide education sufficient to apply for an olympiad diploma in one or several subjects. In 2010, these schools accounted for a mere 5 percent.