The European Science Olympiad (EUSO) is the Science Olympiad of the European Union. It is aimed at pupils up to 17 years of age. It is aimed at young people who are outstanding in their age group but often do not yet make it into the Biology, Chemistry and Physics Olympiad teams.
What is special about the EUSO is the way it handles practical, interdisciplinary tasks in a team of three. A typical EUSO task starts with a complex problem. This problem can only be solved if individual tasks with biological, chemical and physical knowledge are processed practically and experimentally.
The three teams are composed of one 'expert' each from the fields of biology, chemistry and physics, who work on these sub-tasks individually in order to answer the questions of the framework problem as a team at the end of the day after joint coordination of the results.
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Participation is open to all German students enrolled at a German school (up to the age of seventeen). However, it is highly competitive in the sense that only a select few can progress through to the subsequent rounds in the competition.
There are no associated fees with participating in this competition. However, if a participant makes it to subsequent rounds or to the international final - travel costs may have to be taken into account.
As the special feature of the EUSO is the processing of interdisciplinary, practical tasks in the team of three. A typical EUSO task starts with a complex problem. This can only be solved if individual tasks with biological, chemical and physical knowledge are handled practically-experimentally. Not only are the EUSO Tasks (experiments) intellectually challenging, but they demand teamwork. They integrate the sciences:- biology, chemistry and physics, across the disciplines.
They are problem oriented, context-based, relevant and connected to the real world. The tasks engage all the team members and foster their ability of cooperative problem solving. They are self-directed in terms of pace, direction and outcomes. They involve the construction of knowledge and higher-order thinking. They require the interpretation of experimental data, facilitate the manipulation of information and ideas, encourage substantive communication between the team members and often allow for alternative solutions.
The amount of time dedicated to the competition tasks and projects (in addition to any possible preparatory work) is at the discretion of the participant. This is also subject to variability depending on the number of rounds that the entrant partakes in.
The selection procedure for EUSO consists of four rounds. Since the three science Olympics in Biology (IBO), Chemistry (IChO), and Physics (IPhO) each have talents with special talents selected in these three subjects, each pupil can continue to qualify, or the first two rounds this Olympiad successfully participates. Although there is little chance of keeping up with the older talents in order to join the international team of the IBO, IChO or IPhO. But the 15 or 16-year-old students, who make it to the third rounds of these Olympiads, have a great opportunity to get into the EUSO: the four best of this age group from each Olympiad will be selected for the fourth round of the EUSO.