High Achievement Sport - about the Victories of Moscow Schoolchildren at International Olympiads

August 3
Education

The main sporting event of the year— the Summer Olympics in Tokyo — is at its height. The strongest athletes compete to determine the best of the best. However, sports passions run high not only in the arenas of Japan. Gold, silver and bronze medals are also competed for at international subject Olympiads. As in world-class sports, in order to defeat the strongest rivals from different countries, Moscow schoolchildren need to give their best, show their knowledge and skills.

Merely in recent weeks, schoolchildren from Moscow have won 11 medals at the International Olympiads in Informatics, Mathematics, Biology, Physics. Moreover, eight awards in the money-box are gold. Who and how forges gold of victories and if an ordinary schoolchild can become a winner of the international Olympiad - find out the factors of success in this mos.ru material.

Factor No.1 - High Motivation and Talent

For a pupil to reach the pedestal of the international Olympiad, a lot of must coincide. But the key factor of success consists in high motivation of the child himself, his desire to work hard and intensively, Ivan Yashchenko, scientific director of the Center for Pedagogical Excellence, says.

Ivan Yashchenko

“No effort will bring results if the child himself does not want to follow this path. Moreover, work of teachers, support of parents and, certainly, the unique and bright talent of our schoolchildren help to achieve success,” the expert notes.

At the same time, it is important to understand that not all talented children are able to win at international Olympiads. “In his/her professional career, a mathematician or physicist is solving one task for weeks, months and years. At the Olympiad, one need to solve three, five, 10 tasks in a few hours, to show a real sports spirit”, Ivan Yashchenko explains.

As Ivan Yashchenko considers, the components of success are very simple, but one need a desire to reveal one’s talent, a willingness to work hard. The remaining part will be provided by the city, and we have to take advantage of these opportunities.

Factor No. 2 — Massive Involvement

Mass work is another important component that belong to the foundation of victories at international Olympiads. Every pupil in Moscow has the opportunity to unlock his/her full potential.

“Today there is a large selection of talented candidates for the national team. Because if there is no mass work, then some child may not get the opportunity to try his hand. We know many examples at the Olympic Games, when a person discovered himself through teamwork. When a country needs to succeed in certain kinds of sports, it starts with construction of stadiums and development of infrastructure,” Ivan Yashchenko says.

High Achievement Sport - about the Victories of Moscow Schoolchildren at International Olympiads

Moscow began to follow this path in 2010, and high results were not late in arriving. At the final stage of the All-Russian Olympiad of the last academic year, the capital team won 1,346 diplomas of winners and prize-winners. The awards were given to the pupils of 244 schools in the city. And following the results of international Olympiads in computer science, mathematics, biology, physics, chemistry, astronomy and astrophysics, schoolchildren from the capital won 17 medals that year. Over 60 percent of all medals of the Russian national team and more than half of all gold are to the name of Moscow residents.

The first step to victory at the international level is the school stage of the All-Russian Olympiad, which starts at the beginning of each academic year. It involves hundreds of thousands of pupils. But even 10 years ago, half of the schools did not carry out this stage.

“That is, half of the pupils in Moscow simply did not try themselves, and among them there were definitely talented ones. Today, the principle is based on the principle that “everyone can try themselves”. This is, indeed, a pyramid, and not selection of one or 10 people for international Olympiads using some special tests and direction of all efforts to their training. We cannot diagnose someone and say whether he/she has a chance to win or not,” Ivan Yashchenko explains.

Successful work in this direction at the end of last year was noted by the Russian Council of School Olympiads. He expressed his appreciation to 204 Moscow schools, which prepared most of the winners and prize-winners of the Olympiads.

Photo by Vladimir Novikov, Press Service of the Mayor and Moscow Government

Factor No. 3 — Champion Training

International Olympiads are a sport of high achievements, therefore, like professional athletes, few get a chance to get into the national team. The national team is formed from the pupils who distinguished themselves at the final stage of the All-Russian Olympiad for schoolchildren. And the training camps help the children to bring their knowledge to the peak form. They are held at the Center for Pedagogical Excellence in Moscow and at the Sirius educational center. The training can take several weeks.

Artem Shishov, head of the Moscow Olympiad Winners Association, also talks about the special atmosphere that prevails during training camps. According to him, the age barrier between schoolchildren and former winners can be literally two or three years. In this case, it is much easier for the guys to find a common language and explain some important points.

Artem Shishov“A unique atmosphere of acquiring and transferring knowledge is being created. This environment helps the children to study their subject more deeply, to get prepared for the Olympiads, and supports them,” Artem Shishov says.

The task of coaches is not only to give knowledge, but also monitor that teenagers are not burned out due to too much workload, as well as prepare them for any surprises in the competition.

The tight training schedule includes trips to training Olympiads. In addition to training camps, the guys study for many hours every day on their own. Some schools even develop an individualized curriculum for the Olympians.

Factor No. 4 - Worthy Rewards

After long hours of hard preparation and training, the winners of the Olympiads will receive not only prestigious medals and honor. In addition to federal grants, schoolchildren receive cash awards from the city. The amount of payments to winner of international Olympiads is 1.5 million rubles, one million rubles for a silver medal, 500 thousand rubles for a bronze one. The winner's diploma at the All-Russian Olympiad for schoolchildren provides for the payment of 500 thousand rubles, and the prize-winner's diploma - 300 thousand rubles. But the main prize is admission to any university in the country as per a specialized major without exams.

“A person who showed himself/herself at the Olympiad sees his/her future path, and Moscow provides all the opportunities to study any subject. It can be said that the universities themselves are competing for such children. It is important that the Olympians get involved in scientific activities very quickly and show the first results,” Ivan Yashchenko says.

For example, Danila Samodelkin, a pupil of school No. 2007 in Yuzhnoe Butovo and Nikolay Kononenko from the school No. 57 won gold medals at the 51st International Physics Olympiad and earlier at the 21st Asian Physics Olympiad. In the future, the guys plan to pursue pure science.

“Physics and mathematics is definitely a vocation, and I planned to study mathematical physics in the future. For example, quantum mechanics has a very large practical application, say, in the creation of a quantum computer. Theoretical and mathematical physics paves the way for applied physics, helps to understand and describe phenomena better that can be applied in everyday life,” Nikolay Kononenko emphasizes.
Source: mos.ru

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