the 7th IOAA in Volos, Greece, earning two honorable mentions and placing 11th in the team competition. Our goal is to establish a self-sustaining organization to provide a rigorous selection procedure to continue to send American students to the IOAA and encourage astronomy and astrophysics education across the country.
Who we are:
We are a team of 5 high school students interested in astronomy and astrophysics. This year, we took the initiative of forming a team to represent the USA at the 7th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics. Having received two honorable mentions and ranking 11th in the team competition, we are now hoping to establish a national selection procedure for future teams.
Why this is important to us:
We had an amazing time at the 7th IOAA, and we want other students interested in astronomy and astrophysics to be able to get that experience as well. By attending the IOAA, students will be able to show their knowledge of the subjects, and develop close friendships with people from all over the world with interests similar to theirs.
A National Astronomy Olympiad:
We believe that a National Astronomy Olympiad (NAO) would be the best way to select a team for the IOAA in future years. At the moment, we believe that this should involve two rounds of a theory exam (with multiple choice and free response questions). If things go according to plan, these tests should be held in December and February respectively. Later on, we hope to include a training and selection camp, where the top 15-20 students can be tested on their practical skills as well.
Are you a high school student interested in astronomy and astrophysics?
This year, the USA sent a team for the first time to the International Olympiad in Astronomy and Astrophyiscs. The team received two honorable mentions and ranked 11th in the team competition! The members of the team are now working on creating a National Astronomy Olympiad to serve as the selection procedure for the team in future years. As long as you're a US citizen or Permanent Resident, you're eligible to try out for next year's team! Send an email to email@example.com and they'll let you know how the process will work!
Are you a researcher or educator in astronomy or astrophysics?
This year, the USA sent a team for the first time to the International Olympiad in Astronomy and Astrophyiscs. The team received two honorable mentions and ranked 11th in the team competition! The members of the team are now working on creating a National Astronomy Olympiad to serve as the selection procedure for the team in future years, and they need your help! They're looking for professors to create and grade selection tests and become team leaders, as well as a place to host a preparation camp and funding to execute the entire Olympiad. If you think you can help with any of these, or want to learn more, send them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org! Any and all help is appreciated!
Any and all help is appreciated! If you have any questions, suggestions, or want to help out, you can contact us at email@example.com!
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