Saturday 06 May 2017
300 Students from 20 Schools Participate in the Eighth Math & Science Olympiad Organized by AUST’s Mathematics Department

The Mathematics Department at the American University of Science and Technology (AUST) invited 75 school students from all over Lebanon to participate in the Eighth Math and Science Olympiad held on May 6, 2017 at AUST’s Main Campus in Achrafieh.
The major addition this year was the introduction of a Teachers’ Challenge. The aim of this Olympiad is to arouse students’ interest and enthusiasm for mathematical problem solving, develop mathematical intuition, reasoning and logical thinking, as well as creative and critical thinking, as well as giving students the opportunity to develop their skills in science, share knowledge and information on the latest developments in science, and to infuse a healthy competitive spirit through reward based contest.
Each school was asked to send a team of 3 students from the First Secondary Class (10BE) to compete in the Math competitions and a team of 2 students to compete in the science competition. These teams represented the school in competing against other teams from different schools across Lebanon.


The Olympiad started at 9:30am with an individual competition for the Math Olympiad, where the students competed against each other in a multiple choice exam, and Phase I for the Science Olympiad, where the teams competed against each other to earn the highest treasure points in biology.  This was followed by a team competition of five rounds for the Math Olympiad where groups of 3 students from every school competed against the other groups, and Phase II for the Science Olympiad where the teams continued to accumulate treasure points in biology, chemistry, and physics through solving science riddles, puzzles and exams. The latter was followed by a second round of individual competitions in the Math Olympiad and Phase III of the Science Olympiad where the teams competed to score the highest treasure points. The teachers, parents, and school principals were allowed to watch. The jury consisted of AUST math department instructors (10 instructors from the three campuses) as well as Teaching Diploma Students (5 students) and Graduate Students (3 students), who had worked really hard during the previous weeks to prepare for the Olympiad. The 75 students who participated in the Math Olympiad were accompanied by 18 teachers, 2 principals and 12 parents.


After the end of the competitions, the students, the teachers, and the parents were joined by AUST’s Mathematics Department and the Dean of Arts and Sciences to continue the celebrations. Celebrations included watching a video about AUST, following a presentation by Dr. Aziz Barbar about FAS, and recognizing the teachers who performed well on the Teachers’ Challenge as well as distributing certificates to all those who participated. Four teachers scored a tie in the first place: Mr. Hamdi Najjar from Rawdat Al Fayhaa French- Tripoly, Ms. Mirella Saade from Sagesse High School- Ain Saade, Ms. Gisele Hanna from Broummana High School, and Mr. Mahdi Barq from International School of Chouifat- Koura. Four other teachers scored a tie in the second place: Ms. Fairouz Goul from Sagesse High School- Ain Saade, Ms. Mansour Salameh from Broummana High School, Ms. Zainab Youssef from Hassan Kassir High School, and Ms. Marthe Meouchy from Saint Joseph School- Cornet Chehwan. The day ended with a lunch which everybody enjoyed. The school principals and teachers congratulated the Chairperson of the Department of Mathematics, Hiba Othman, on a highly organized event.


The awards for the winning posters included trophies for the schools, as well as special technology packages for the students. The awards for the individual math competition, aside from trophies, included a $500 cash payment for the first prize winner in the individual competition, and a laptop for the second prize winner in the individual competition, and special technology packages for the third prize winner in the individual competition. The awards for the teams in the math competition, aside from Trophies, included a $500 cash payment for the first prize team winners, Ipads and a collection of Blue Ray DVD’s for the second prize team winners and a special technology packages for the third prize team winners. The awards for the teams in the science competition, aside from Trophies, included $500 cash payment for the first prize team winners Ipads and a collection of Blue Ray DVD’s for the second prize team winners and a special technology packages for the third prize team winners. All participants received certificates of participation.
The results were as follows:
 

 

Poster

Competition

Individual-

Math Competition

Team-

Math Competition

Team-

Science Competition

First Prize

Rawdat Al Fayhaa French- Tripoly

Habib Saad-International School of Chouifat- Koura

International School of Chouifat- Koura

Sagesse High School- Ain Saade

Second prize

 

Karim Farhat– Broummana High School- Broummana 

Saint Joseph- Cornet Chehwan

Hassan Kassir- High School 

Third Prize

 

Rayan Frem– College Notre Dame des Soeur Antonines- Jamhour

Rafic Hariri School- Saida

Al Muaysra High School- Shouf

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