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Maths competitions and more

Competitions in mathematics and other science topics are important, as they are a way of teaching by discovering and investigating. There are a lot of maths competitions: some are individual and others are team competitions.
In this overview, prepared by Benito Buas Ares, a maths teacher from the Xplora teachers group, you can learn more about some of these competitions.

International Mathematical Olympiad
It is the most important maths competition of the world.  The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is the World Championship Mathematics Competition for secondary school students and is held annually in a different country.

Mathématiques sans Frontières

This is an international competition for secondary school classes (students aged from 14 to 16 years old). with a first phase in the local schools.  
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Mathematical Kangoroo
it is a competition which involves several countries. It is addressed to students from primary to secondary school, involving pupils aged from 8 to 18 years old.

Mathematical rallye
Classes from France, Andorra, Spain (Aragon,Galicia and Catalonia), Île de La Réunion, Hungary are involved in this competition. For students aged from 14 to 16 years old.

Baltic Way

A maths competition which involves Baltic countries.

Nordic Mathematical Contest
Competition among students from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland.

Flanders Mathematics Olympiad
The Olympiad consists of two parallel competitions: one involving pupils aged 15-16 (grades 9 and 10) and the other one for pupils aged 16 to 18.(grades 11 and 12). 

United Kingdom Mathematics Trust
The UKMT organises national mathematics competitions and other mathematical enrichment activities for school pupils aged from 11 to 18 years old.

Niels Henrik Abel mathematical contest

The Niels Henrik Abel mathematical contest in Norway started in 1980 as a contest in maths problem solving for secondary school pupils.

Other Competitions in Science

European Union Science Olympiad
The EUSO is a team competition for European secondary school science students, aged 16 years or younger.

International Physic Olympiad
The IPhO is an international physics competition for secondary school students. The first competition was organised by Prof. Czeslaw Scislowski in Warsaw, Poland in 1967. The 2006 edition will be held in Singapore, from 8 to 11 july.
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International Chemistry Olympiad
The first edition of this Olympiad was in 1968 and the 38th edition will be in Gyeongsan, Korean.
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The International Biology Olympiad
The International Biology Olympiad (IBO) is a competition for secondary school students. Their skills in tackling biological problems and dealing with biological experiments are tested. Interest in biology, inventiveness, creativity and perseverance are necessary.

The International Olympiad in Informatics
The IOI is an annual competition in the discipline of informatics (computing science) for senior secondary schools pupils all over the world.

The International Astronomy Olympiad
The IAO is an annual astronomy competition for  secondary school students.

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