The International Chemistry Olympiad is an annual event in which 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 US National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) is a chemistry competition designed to stimulate young people to achieve excellence in chemistry. The American Chemical Society has sponsored the program since 1984. For more information, visit www.acs.org/olympiad.
The ACS Orange County Chemistry Olympiad is the first step in the US National Chemistry Olympiad. Typically, about forty High Schools from all over Orange County send up to 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 US advance to this round. Those that score among the top twenty nationally on this test are invited to attend the Olympiad Study Camp. The top four at the Study Camp then go on to represent the US at the International Chemistry Olympiad in July. Over the past twenty-five years, four Orange County schools (Irvine, Sunny Hills, Troy and Valencia) have had students qualify for the US National Chemistry Olympiad Study Camp.
This year, the US National Chemistry Olympiad will be held on April 17-23, 2018. The 50th International Chemistry Olympiad will be held jointly in Bratislava, Slovakia, and Prague, Czech Republic, on July 19-29, 2018.
High school teachers and students are invited to participate in the 2018 ACS Orange County Chemistry Olympiad competition to be held on Saturday, March 10th, 2018, at the Business Sciences and Technology Innovation Center (BSTIC), Irvine Valley College, Irvine CA 92618. (Note: Competitors will have to purchase a parking pass at the kiosk if they wish to park in the campus lot.)
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