Imso 2012 Brochure Essay

INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE OLYMPIAD FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL 2012 (9th IMSO 2012) “Smart, Skilled, and Creative In a Joyful Competition for Excellence” City Montessori Inter College, RDSO Campus, Manak Nagar, Lucknow, India Phone – 91-522-2453546, 2461803 Fax – 91-522-2461803, 2638008 Email – [email protected] org Page 1 of 11 Rationale It has been generally acknowledged that education determines the quality of human resources.

Elementary schools, as part of the basic education, provide children with skills of reading, writing, arithmetic, and basic science.A program which could stimulate creativity, develop critical and analytical thinking is important to be provided to children at the primary school level are in the “golden period of education”. To implement this program, City Montessori School (CMS) chain of schools, the Guinness Book World Record, Gusi Peace Prize, UNESCO Peace Prize holder and organizer of 32 International Competitions has taken upon itself to organize IMSO 2012 under the secretaryship of Mrs. S. Mansharamani, Principal, CMS RDSO Campus.Participation in the 9th IMSO is by invitation. Theme “Developing Smart, Skilled, and Creative Children through Competition for Excellence” Objectives The general objectives of the Olympiad are to improve the competencies of the elementary school students in Mathematics and Science and foster relationships among primary school students.

The specific objectives of this Olympiad are: a. To develop elementary school students’ talent and interest in Mathematics and Science; and b.To motivate the elementary school students in developing their intellectual capacity and skills in Mathematics and Science. Page 2 of 11 Guidelines and Regulations a. Schedule 1. The 9th IMSO 2012 will be held in the CMS RDSO Lucknow, India on October, 29th to November, 1st 2012. 2.

Contestants and officials must arrive in Lucknow on the 29th October 2012. 3. Tutors/Trainers will discuss marking schemes of contest problems on 30th and 31st October 2012. 4.

Tests will be held on 30th and 31st October 2012. b.Itinerary Date Activities Students • Arrival at Lucknow Airport • Transfer to Hotel/Place of accommodation • Registration • Opening Ceremony IMSO 2012 • Marking Schemes -Theoretical Examination I • Tours • Theoretical Examination Paper Returned • Marking Schemes – Theoretical Examination II • Marking Schemes – Explorations with Math / Science Experiments • All other Test Papers Returned Tutors • Arrival at Lucknow Airport • Transfer to Hotel / Place of accommodation • Registration • Welcome Party for Team Leaders and Tutors 28 – 10- 2012 (Sunday) 29 – 10- 2012 (Monday) 30 – 10- 2012 (Tuesday) • Theoretical Examination I 1 – 10- 2012 (Wednesday) • Theoretical Examination II • Science Experiments • Explorations with Math • Cultural Presentation Night 1 – 11- 2012 (Thursday) • Tours • Moderation • Tours (City Tours) • Farewell Dinner and Prize Giving Ceremony of IMSO 2012 Page 3 of 11 Deadlines and dates a. Confirmation Date: 5th September 2012. b. Submission of Detail of all the Delegates: 20th September 2012 c. Submission of Proposed Problems: 15th September 2012 d.

Submission of Complete Flight Schedule: 30th September 2012 c. Types of Problems and Test Regulations 1) IMSO 2012 is an Individual Competition.The problems consist of two (2) parts for each subject. a) Theoretical and exploration problems for Mathematics; b) Theoretical and experimental problems for Science; 2) The problems are constructed based on Mathematics and Science elementary school curricula, reference books, and other relevant sources which cover intellectual reasoning and creativity. 3) Syllabus a) Math • Arithmetic: integers, rational numbers and their representations (fraction, decimal, and percentage), factoring numbers, greatest common divisor, least common multiples, number ordering, and ratio and proportion.

Geometry: angle and its measure, area and perimeter, triangle, quadrangle, parallelogram, trapezoid, circles, cube, parallelepiped nets, symmetry, reflection and rotation, and similarity and proportion. • Data and measurement: data representation, mean (average), median, and modus. b) Science •Science skill and methodology, general health (nutrition, common disease and how to prevent it). Page 4 of 11 • General environmental issue (deforestation, managing natural resources, pollution, water and carbon cycle, etc). •Basic ecology (habitat, interaction, food chain and food web, population, ecosystem, life cycle etc). Physiology (photosynthesis and respiration). • Current technology development such as (GMO, biotech, biofuel, satellite, etc). • Human anatomy and function (skeleton and movement, olfactory system, auditory system, mouth, eyes, circulatory, digestive system, skin, respiratory system) and its disease and problems.

• Classifying organism based on their food, anatomy, systematics, reproduction system and its habitat. • Very common or endangered species names. • Mechanics (motion of objects, static fluid, and gas) • Solar system (member of solar system, rotation of earth and moon, arth and moon eclipses) • The earth planet (structure, surface, process of earth formation, water cycle, renewable resources, climate, seasons, gravitation, wind) • Electric and magnetic (application, models) • Matter (properties, phase transformation (solid/liquid/gas), physical, chemical, and biological transformation) • Thermal properties (temperature, thermometer, energy, conduction, convection, radiation) • Light (property, vision, color) • Force (change shape of material, magnetic, gravitation, frictional forces) • Energy and energy change (kinetic, potential, heat, sound, renewable, energy conversion) 4) Participating countries are welcome to send 2 sets of proposed problems for each subject to the organizing committee, that is, five (5) problems for theoretical questions and five (5) problems for exploratory and/or experimental questions. Proposed problems must be e-mailed by 15 September 2012. 5) Instructions and problems will be in English. Theoretical questions must also be answered in English; however the contestants are allowed to use an English dictionary. Page 5 of 11 6) Contestants are not allowed to bring books, scientific dictionary, calculators, and other electronic devices except English dictionary to the competition hall.

d. Contestants and Officials 1) Contestants a. The contestants of the Olympiad are grade V, VI or level F students, less than 13 years old on or before 29th October 2012.A statement letter from their respective school principal should be provided and the contestants should be appointed through a selection process in their respective country. b. Each country is entitled to send 12 students, 6 students for each subject. c.

Each country is permitted to have more than 12 contestants in their delegation; however, the organizing committee will not bear their accommodations and meals expenses during the Olympiad. As such, every additional delegate, accompanying person, official will be charged US$650 to cover the expenses on accommodations, meals, and sightseeing. 2) Officials The officials from each country consist of one (1) team leader and two (2) tutors / trainers. ) Requirements for Team Leader The team leader should have the ability to communicate in English. b) Requirements for Tutors/Trainers The tutors/trainers should master the substance of primary school Mathematics and Science and have the ability to communicate in English. Tutors will work with the jury in selecting problems, editing problems, marking student’s paper, moderating on students’ paper, and determining winners. e. Letter of Participation and Registration Forms Countries who are interested in joining this competition should confirm their participation by sending a letter of participation to the secretariat of IMSO 2012 by 5th September 2012.

Registration form containing the names of contestants, tutors/trainers, and team leader, as well as travel details must be submitted to the organizing committee not later than 30th September 2012 to the address below: Mrs. S. Mansharamani, Convener, IMSO 2012 & Principal, City Montessori Inter College, RDSO Campus, Manak Nagar, Lucknow, India Phone – 91-522-2461803, 2453546 Fax – 91-522-2461803, 2638008 Email – [email protected]

org Page 6 of 11 f. Juries Internationally Renowned Mathematicians and Scientists appointed by the IMSO Executive Board and IMSO 2012 Organizing Committee. IMSO 2012 Executive Board Chairman : Ms. Elvira -Indonesia Vice-Chairman : Dr. Simon Chua – Philippines General Secretary : Ms. Kitty Phillips -South Africa Board Members : Mr.

Wen-Hsien Sun -Taiwan Dr. Pramote Kajornpai – Thailand Madam Noorzalina Zainal Abidin – Malaysia Mrs. S. Mansharamani – India IMSO Academic Affairs Committee Math Area Chairman: Prof.

Andy Liu -Canada Vice Chairman: Prof. Zhu Huawei-China Members: Prof. Wen-Hsien Sun -Taiwan Dr. Zheng Huan-China Dr.

Simon Chua – Philippines Prof. Chun Chor Litwin Cheng Prof. Saladin Uttunggadewa -Indonesia Mr.

Pawan Kumar Singh -India(2012) Mr. Sanjay Kumar Singh -India(2012) Science Area Chairman: Prof. Arvie Ubarro – Philippines Vice Chairman: Prof. Mikrajuddin Abdullah –Indonesia Members: Prof. Mufti Petala Patria -Indonesia Andrew Conacher- South Africa Dr.Pornpun Intraprasert – Thailand Mr. Elvis Chua – Philippines Ms Woranus Rungruengcharoenkul – Thailand Mr. Yogendra Singh -India (2012 ) Mr.

Devendra Pratap Singh Yadav – India(2012) Page 7 of 11 g. Evaluation 1) 2) The contestants should answer all the questions. The juries score the answers and the results are submitted to the tutors/trainers of each country.

3) A student’s score will be determined through moderation involving tutor and jury. Three arbiters will be selected from among the tutors to settle any unresolved disagreement between jury and tutor from a particular country. 4) The juries will announce the winners based on the scoring results.The winners are decided by the percentages of correct answers. h. Expenses 1. Each participating country is responsible for its traveling expenses to and from Lucknow, India.

2. The organizers of the IMSO 2012 will provide free hotel accommodation including meals and local transportation within the duration of the contest schedule for 1 team leader, 2 tutors/trainers, and 12 student contestants. Participants arriving before or departing after the official schedule are responsible for their own expenses and accommodation. 3. Other expenses, such as local transports from the participants’ home to the airport, procurement of passport and visa, as well as airport tax will be done by the participants. 4.

Each additional delegate, official, and accompanying person will be charged US$ 650 for the expenses stated above (h. 2), part of the collected amount will be used to subsidize the plane tickets of math and science Juries. Page 8 of 11 i. Medals and Trophies 1.

Approximately two-thirds of the contestants will be awarded gold, silver, bronze medals. Each participant will receive a certificate of participation. 2. Trophies will be awarded to contestants with the highest score for each part of the problem and the overall score of both parts of the problem. j. Medical Care In case of minor emergency, the organizing committee will provide medical care to the delegations including additional participants, and cover the expenses.Nevertheless, team leaders should ascertain that all members of their delegation are fully insured before coming to India lest major emergencies occurred during the Olympiad. k.

Entry Visa to India IMSO 2012 participants must have a roundtrip airline ticket. Team leader of participating country must check the delegation’s visa requirements before entering and leaving the India. For detailed and updated information, please contact the local Indian Embassy or consulates. Page 9 of 11 Venue & Accommodation World Unity Convention Centre at CMS Kanpur Road Campus, Lucknow, India The event will be held at World Unity Convention Centre (WUCC), which is a part of City Montessori School, Kanpur Road Campus, LDA Colony, Kanpur Road, Lucknow.This five-storied building has its own kitchen, bedrooms with all Modern Amenities, Elevator, Swimming Pool, Conference Halls, and an Auditorium to accommodate 3000 persons, Laundry, Communication Center and Internet Cafe. The school is situated in the western part of Lucknow.

It is located about 6 km from the Lucknow Railway Station (also called Charbagh Railway Station) and about 3 kms from Lucknow Airport (also called Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport). Following is the address of the venue: World Unity Convention Centre (WUCC) CMS Kanpur Road Campus Lucknow INDIA Phone – 91 -522 -2453546, 2461803 Fax – 91 – 522 – 2461803, 2638008, 2635497 Email – [email protected] org Page 10 of 11 FACILITIES AT THE VENUEThe weather in Lucknow in October is slightly warm with moderate rain.

The contestants can bring along their raincoats. Average temperature is assumed between 25°- 30° C. Lodging • • • The participants will be accommodated in modern buildings within the premises on sharing basis (Four participants in one room). Well-furnished rooms are provided for the use of the teams. Separate lodging for girls and boys will be provided. Running hot and cold water facilities, round-the-clock, in western-style toilets and wash-rooms are available Boarding • There is a fully operational kitchen and a spacious dining hall, where a variety of cuisine is served.Mineral water is provided for drinking.

The competitions are held in an air-conditioned auditorium. • Security • The entire premises are sealed off for the duration of the competitions. There is a round-the-clock security vigil at the gates. Health and Hygiene • • • A doctor will visit the venue daily and be on call for the duration of the competitions. Pest control cover is provided at the venue. Laundry and shoe-shine facilities are available at select times.

Assistance • A Help Desk with efficient officials will be functional during the competitions. Communications • Telephone and e-mail facilities on payment are available for the delegates at the venue. Page 11 of 11