Tubes, flasks, acids and alkalis: this is a normal setting for the participants of the annual International Mendeleev Olympiad. The 51st Chemistry Olympiad was held in Astana this time. Kazakhstan became the 17th state honored to hold such high-level school subject competition. During the three days, high school students have been conducting experiments and analyzing the obtained results, solving chemistry tasks. Students from 22 countries such as the CIS, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Nigeria, Mongolia, and Israel came to compete for the title of the best in the Kazakh capital city. Kazakhstan was presented by 17 talented children from all regions of the country. Kazakhstan team won one gold, three silver and seven bronze medals. The Kazakh Anton Morgunov became the winner of the 51st Mendeleev Olympiad.

 

ANTON MORGUNOV, WINNER, INTERNATIONAL MENDELEYEV CHEMISTRY OLYMPIAD, KAZAKHSTAN:

 - I was always curious about how the world works. There are many sciences that touch upon the fundamental questions but chemistry seemed to be not too sophisticated as physics and not too superficial. It is a sort of a golden middle that helps you to discover new phenomena.

 

Schoolchildren’s International Mendeleev Chemistry Olympiad is an unusual tournament. The winners receive grants of the leading Russian universities without taking any examinations.

 

VALERY LUNIN, DEAN, LOMONOSOV MOSCOW STATE UNIVERSITY, RUSSIA:

 - Schoolchildren are delighted. Nazarbayev University’s laboratories let organize the competition’s experimental part very effectively, the participants were able to demonstrate all their skills to the jury. Both competitors and the jury are satisfied thanks to organizers.

 

SHOLPAN KIRABAYEVA, DIRECTOR, ‘DARYN’ SCIENTIFIC-PRACTICAL CENTER:

 - Chemistry Olympiad is a very interesting practical tournament. Our schoolchildren achieve very good results every year. They receive gold, silver, and bronze medals. At present, the winner of the 2012 Mendeleev Olympiad is a student at the University of Massachusetts in the U.S.

 

After the three days competition, schoolchildren went sightseeing. They visited the largest museums, Astana Opera and other attractions.

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