Mar 11, 2019

National Science Olympiad (ONC)

  • Crimson Education
  • Brazil
Competition Skill Building


The Olimpíada Nacional de Ciências (ONC) is a competition organized by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, the Brazilian Physics Society, Brazilian Chemistry Association and the Butantã Institute with the goals of: inspiring student interest in the study of natural sciences; bringing high schools, universities, and research institutions closer together; identifying talented students with the potential to pursue careers in science and technology; and provide academic challenges to high school students. To compete, students will take two exams, one held in their school and the second, in their region. Up to 400 winners can receive gold, silver, and bronze medals or honorable mentions.

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Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range



5 / 5

In 2018, there were 200,000 registrants while only 400 students receive medals.

Participation Cost


There is no registration fee.

Minimum Technical Skill Needed


Students do not need any prior knowledge to participate, but those with knowledge of physics, chemistry and biology will be more successful in the competition.

Time Commitment


Prior preparation and completion of two phases of competition.

Application Deadline

Registration period in June through August of each year.

Application Process Includes

1. School representative fills out online registration with names of participating students.
2. First Phase exam is applied within each participating school in August.
3. Students that qualify for the Second Phase exam will take the test in regional locations designated by the organizing committee in September.
4. Final results released and awards ceremony takes place in November.