School students from 26 countries have gathered in Moscow for the 2nd Olympiad of Megalopolises. On 4-9 September, they will demonstrate their knowledge in the toughest natural sciences – chemistry and physics – as well as in mathematics and informatics.
Young Muscovites have been doing well at Olympiads. For example, they took home nearly 45 percent of all the prizes at the final stage of the National School Olympiad. They also won at the previous Olympiad of Megalopolises, which took place in 2016.
Unlike traditional Olympiads with individual results, the Olympiad of Megalopolises has a team scoring system. Each city is represented by eight students aged 14-18, with two students per subject. Each team has an assistant who translates the tasks into the native language of the team.
This year the Olympiad gathered over 400 participants and guests from 36 cities – Moscow, Abu Dhabi, Alma-Ata, Astana, Baku, Banja Luka, Belgrade, Bishkek, Bratislava, Budapest, Vienna, Gaborone, Hannover, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Dusseldorf, Zagreb, Jerusalem, Krakow, Leipzig, Lima, Loyang, Milan, Minsk, New Delhi, Beijing, Riga, Rome, St Petersburg, Sofia, Istanbul, Tallinn, Tel Aviv, Helsinki, Chengdu and Shanghai.
On 4 September, the Olympiad will start with a blitz tournament, an intellectual drill, prior to the main competition. Teams must answer 80 questions – 20 questions per subject. The assignments in each subject have to meet 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 since the assignments were sent in by the Olympiad contenders. The aim of the blitz is to help competitors tune in to the right wavelength and to revise the material.
Along with Olympiad contenders
All Moscow school students can participate in the blitz tournament no matter whether they will compete in the main stage of the Olympiad or not. To take part, preliminary registration for a team of eight people is required. All the questions are in English, but Moscow school students will be able to choose a Russian-language version.
All the assignments will be translated into English and the native language of the competitors. The competition in each subject will consist of two stages on 5 and 6 September.
On the first day of the physics and chemistry tournament, teams will complete experiment assignments, followed by a theory test on the next day. Informatics and mathematics tests are practical and consists of solving the problems.
A special jury made up of Russian and foreign teachers will check the tests.
Mathematics experts will gather at School No. 1253 (5 Zubovsky Boulevard, Bldg.1). Each of the 4.5-hour stages will include three problems to be solved. The maximum score for a correct solution will be seven points.
The complexity of the assignments is up to par with the level of international competitions such as the International Mathematical Olympiad. School students won’t be tested in higher mathematics – only in geometry, number theory, algebra and combinatorics. The assignments often have a short and sweet solution.
Students will sit for the chemistry test at the Integral School (5a Barklay Street). During the first round, which is practical, they must solve two assignments in five hours.
The second round will have five theoretical assignments and last four hours.
The experiment round in physics will take six hours. It is scheduled for 5 September. Five hours have been set aside for three theoretical assignments in physics.
The test site is School No. 2030 (8 2nd Zvenigorodskaya Street)
Informatics (Computer Science)
The informatics competition will be held at the Yandex headquarters. It will include four assignments in the first round and an equal number of tasks in the second round. Each round will last five hours.
School students will get a glimpse of Moscow’s history and culture. They will take a riverboat trip, go up to the observation deck of Christ the Saviour Cathedral, visit the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and the Moscow Kremlin, join the City Day festivities on Poklonnaya Gora and watch the fireworks display. Competitors in the physics tournament will visit the Kurchatov Institute.
The Olympiad closing ceremony will take place at Svetlanovsky Hall of the Moscow International Performing Arts Centre on 8 September. Winners will receive cups and certificates. All participants can enjoy a concert marking Moscow’s 870th anniversary.
The first Olympiad of Megalopolises took place in Moscow in 2016. Taking part were 275 competitors and guests from 18 countries. The best of the 22 teams were those from Moscow, St Petersburg and Belgrade. Muscovites won in the blitz tournament.
Second place went to Minsk, Sofia, Budapest, Jakarta and Yerevan. Third place was shared by the teams from Tallinn, Astana, Leipzig, Riga, Almaty, Beijing and Bishkek.