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15 August 2019, 18:09

Minsk to host International Young Naturalists' Tournament

MINSK, 15 August (BelTA) – The 7th International Young Naturalists' Tournament (IYNT) will be held in Belarusian State University (BSU) in Minsk on 19-23 August, BelTA learned from the BSU press service.

The tournament will bring together 21 teams of school students aged 12-16 from Belarus, Bulgaria, Greece, Georgia, Kazakhstan, China, New Zealand, Russia, Romania, Croatia, and Switzerland. “The Belarusian team will include students of the BSU Lyceum, Minsk State Regional Lyceum, and Minsk Gymnasium No.27,” the press service said.

Students will need to solve difficult problems in physics, chemistry, biology, and other natural sciences. They will also participate in scientific discussions. “For example, young scientists will be asked to propose ways to soundproof a room, describe the impact of salt on soil fertility, name factors that influence the apparent size of the Moon, or estimate the maximum height of mountains on various celestial bodies,” the BSU press service noted.

The IYNT also comprises a practical tour. Students will get a problem and the necessary equipment. They will have two hours to carry out an experiment and solve the problem. All tasks should be fulfilled in the English language.

The teams will be assessed by an expert jury. The jury will include university teachers from the participating countries and representatives of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. The event has been organized with support of the Science Around Us Foundation.

The International Young Naturalists' Tournament has been held annually since 2013. It aims to solve interdisciplinary problems in natural sciences and help school students develop critical thinking and improve teamwork skills. Last year's tournament was hosted by Tbilisi, Georgia.

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