Moscow get first place in Olympiad of Megalopolises

Moscow get first place in Olympiad of Megalopolises
Photo: Photo by the Mayor and Moscow Government Press Service. Yevgeny Samarin
The competition united schoolchilldren from 26 countries.

School pupils from Moscow, Hong Kong and Shanghai won the 2nd Olympiad of Megalopolises, said Head of the Department of Education Isaak Kalina at a Moscow Government Presidium meeting.

“Moscow pupils came third from the top in all the subjects, and the Moscow team came first with by a margin of 5 points, because it didn’t fail once, unlike other teams. Hong Kong and Shanghai took the second and the third places, they are the usual winners of all international Olympiads. This time we managed to finish ahead of the Hong Kong team by five points and even ahead of the Shanghai team,” he noted.

The Olympiad took place between 4 and 9 September. Pupils showed how well they knew maths, ICT, physics and chemistry which are subjects with the most similar syllabus all across the world. “This time the number of participants grew by half and about 400 people came to the Olympiad, and the number of cities grew even more than by half this year compared to the previous one,” Isaak Kalina noted.

The Olympiad was attended by pupils from 36 cities from 26 countries. Moscow and St Petersburg (Russia), Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), Almaty and Astana (Kazakhstan), Baku (Azerbaijan), Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Belgrade (Serbia), Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), Bratislava (Slovenia), Budapest (Hungary), Vienne (Austria), Gaborone (Botswana), Hannover, Dusseldorf and Leipzig (Germany), Hong Kong, Luoyang, Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai (China), Jakarta (Indonesia), Zagreb (Croatia), Jerusalem and Tel Aviv (Israel), Krakow (Poland), Lima (Peru), Milan and Rome (Italy), Minsk (Belarus), New Delhi (India), Riga (Latvia), Sofia (Bulgaria), Istanbul (Turkey), Tallinn (Estonia), and Helsinki (Finland).

Teams consisted of eight pupils (two pupils per subject) and three heads (companions and interpreters). About 400 people were guests and participants.

Competitions were held at four venues:

Maths at School No. 1253

Physics at School No. 2030

Chemistry at the Integral School

ICT at the Yandex HQ

The blitz tour was also held at School No. 1253.

The blitz tour and the main part

During the blitz tour, something of a warmup before the main stages, teams performed tasks of the level of the middle school graduating exams. They needed to solve 80 tasks (20 per subject). The tasks were both in Russian and English.

The best results were shown by the Shanghai team (77 solved tasks), St Petersburg (74 tasks), Hong Kong, Moscow and Belgrade (68 tasks each).

The main part of the Olympiad had two rounds, with tasks translated into English and into native languages of the participants.

During the first round, chemists carried out a qualitative and quantitative analysis of organic substances, and also determined the substances they received. Physicists used instruments to measure the speed of sound in various environments and studied the properties of light. Mathematicians solved problems in geometry, number theory, algebra and combinatorics, while computer scientists wrote programs and uploaded them to the testing system.

During the second round, pupils solved theoretic problems in physics, chemistry and maths and performed practical tasks in ICT.

Point count and results

The maximum score in each subject was 100 percent. The results of each team were summed up in percentage correlation, and the final rating depended on the resulting amount.

The tasks were composed and valued by an international jury consisting of representatives from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Columbia, South Korea, Russia, Serbia and Slovakia.

After the tasks were checked, every participant could look his or her work through and file an appeal. All tasks and solutions were published on the Olympiad’s official website.

Results

According to the results of the two rounds, pupils from Moscow, Hong Kong and Shanghai were rated first at the 2nd Olympiad of Megalopolises. Belgrade, Krakow, Minsk, St Petersburg and Sofia team were rated second. School pupils from Almaty, Astana, Baku, Budapest, Jakarta, Zagreb, Leipzig, Riga, Istanbul and Chengdu were rated third.

The winner of the individual competition in physics was Shing-Yan Li (Hong Kong), in chemistry Alexei Konoplev (Moscow), in maths Aleksa Milojevic (Belgrade) and Zhang Sheng Tong (Shanghai), and Mariusz Trela (Krakow) in ICT.

A cultural programme was prepared for guests and participants. They visited the Moscow Kremlin, Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, went on a sightseeing tour and sailed in a boat down the Moskva River, visited City Day events and the Victory Museum at Poklonnaya Gora.

Last year, teams from 22 cities and 18 countries participated in the 1st Olympiad of Megalopolises.

Results of the winning teams of the 2nd Olympiad of Megalopolises

 

City

Country

Physics

Chemistry

Maths

ICT

Total

Rate

Moscow

Russia

145.70

182.21

163.16

178.46

669.52

1

Hong Kong

China

194.77

148.45

160.53

161.03

664.78

1

Shanghai

China

111.79

183.27

173.68

165.00

633.75

1

St Petersburg

Russia

127.34

156.80

131.58

170.64

586.37

2

Krakow

Poland

90.89

182.54

113.16

180.90

567.48

2

Minsk

Belarus

82.09

176.79

152.63

141.28

552.79

2

Sofia

Bulgaria

90.63

131.67

147.37

172.31

541.97

2

Belgrade

Serbia

146.08

64.66

173.68

149.62

534.04

2

Istanbul

Turkey

94.46

78.38

134.21

142.31

449.36

3

Jakarta

Indonesia

84.77

123.00

81.58

151.67

441.02

3

Almaty

Kazakhstan

68.45

26.06

150.00

135.90

380.41

3

Budapest

Hungary

58.64

58.04

123.68

136.28

376.64

3

Zagreb

Croatia

69.22

76.26

76.32

131.79

353.59

3

Chengdu

China

75.27

92.76

0.00

174.87

342.90

3

Baku

Azerbaijan

32.25

134.71

76.32

94.49

337.76

3

Leipzig

Germany

71.26

134.37

55.26

59.62

320.50

3

Riga

Latvia

78.65

117.94

31.58

87.82

315.99

3

Astana

Kazakhstan

57.11

63.43

94.74

87.95

303.23

3