The International Chemistry Olympiad is an annual event where countries from throughout the world send their four best high school chemistry students to compete against each other. About 80 countries participate in the competition, which is held in a different country each year.
The selection process begins at the local level. Typically, about forty High Schools from all over Orange County send as many as four students each to compete in the local section exam, which is usually held in March-April. The top twelve scorers on this exam are eligible to advance to the national round of the competition where each student takes a five-hour exam that includes extensive laboratory work. Approximately 1,000 students across the U.S. advance to this round. Those that score among the top twenty nationally on this test are invited to attend the Olympiad Study Camp at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The top four at the camp will then go on to represent the U.S. at the international competition in July.
Over the past twenty-five years, four county schools (Irvine, Sunny Hills, Troy and Valencia) have had students qualify to attend the study camp at the Air Force Academy.
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The 3 highest combined team scores win.