NIS geologists succeed in France

The 7th grade students from Nazarbayev Intellectual school of Physics and Mathematics in Astana met with the International Earth Science Olympiad IESO-2017 participants, a contest which took place in France. Aruzhan Kalymova (10th grade student) and Moldir Shyngys (12th grade student) have won the silver award at the Earth Science Project. Young geologists shared their reflections and opinions about the International Olympiad IESO-2017, their preparation, and personal experience of the trip. 

Moldir Shyngys, 10th grade student:

So little time passed since I have returned from the IESO-2017 (International Earth Science Olympiad), that took place in France.

The Olympiad focuses on the Earth sciences like geology, astronomy, geophysics, meteorology and oceanography.

The preparation to the event has already started in January. We participated in the contest at school and began to take part in the Corporate Fund “Young Geologist”.  The 9-11th grade students had rights to participate in the contest. Our delegation consisted of 4 members, 3 of us were the students of Nazarbayev Intellectual school of Physics and Mathematics in Astana, thus including me, Moldir Shyngys, Aruzhan Kalymova and Vladislav Vintenbakh.

Just before the trip to the Olympiad IESO-2017, our team was invited to the MID of RK. The Vice-minister of Ministry for Investments and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan Timur Toktabayev and the Chairperson of the geology and subsoil use in the Ministry Akbatyr Nadyrbayev held the meeting with us. The Scientific-Educational Fund of Sh. Yessenov took all the expenses.  

There were 29 countries-participants, 130 contestants which passed along the red carpet with their flag to the solemn sounds of the drums. I was be honored to carry out the flag of Kazakhstan. The next day we were taken to Mercantour, the national park of France. We saw the Alps; got a lot of pleasure from the purest air and untouched nature. We, as young geologists, tried to explore everything around us: approached each rock, determined what it could be, observed and analyzed the geological processes.

Aruzhan Kalymova10th grade student:

The Olympiad consisted of three separate competitions: an individual test (written test and practical work), ESP (Earth Science Projet), a project on Earth Science, and ITFI (International Team Field Investigation), a research paper. The first in turn was an individual test, that would run two days in a row. The written test consisted of two parts and included questions on a variety of topics.

The practical work was carried out as a field trip to a certain area and its study. We defined the rocks, the minerals that make up its composition, the geological processes occurring in a particular locality, and so on. When the individual scoring assignments were performed, it was time for the most interesting part - ITFI and ESP, team competitions. The teams were mixed - not a single team had members from the same country.

Moldir Shyngys, 12th grade student:

My team consisted of 8 people. They were from Israel, Australia, China, Germany, Indonesia, Italy and Sri Lanka. During the ITFI we were sent to different locations. Our team (Team A) headed to the coast of Cap-d'Ail. The research question was: what geological processes lead to a hazard in the area? I think we have done great with the task. An international jury, including famous professors from universities of Japan, the USA, and Australia, evaluated the competitions.

Aruzhan Kalymova10th grade student:

During the Olympiad, we visited Monaco, a small state bordering France. It was an incredibly interesting trip. After such an exciting trip, it was time for hard work. We spent the next day in the classroom, working on presentation, speech, and poster; everything that was required to reveal the main issues of the study. By the way, the ESP theme was the following: How will knowledge of the Earth systems help us to master new planets?

Moldir Shyngys, 12th grade student:

Presentation of team projects was held in Thales Alenia Space, where there is the development of space satellites and rockets. The second part of the day was held in the conference room, where we listened to an interesting lecture about Mars. And in the evening a cultural event took place, where all countries of the world presented dances, songs, and folk art of their countries. Our beautiful dance in national costumes made a big impression and caused an ovation.

In ESP two silver awards went to 2 teams, each included a delegate from Kazakhstan.

So IESO-2017 passed. An event that we will never forget, thanks to which we have friends in all corners of the world.

For the opportunity to see the world, make friends and be happy - these are the reasons why we are grateful to our school and the "Young Geologist" Fund.


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Published: 18 September