Registrations for the 2013 round of the NZIBO are now open.
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The 2014 Olympiad will be held in Indonesia, and New Zealand’s International Biology Olympiad (NZIBO) committee will again be entering a team.
The national entrance examination to select students to participate in the NZIBO training programme will be held on Wednesday 21st August (the fouth Wednesday of term 3). The examination will test thinking skills not curriculum specific knowledge (similar to the Australian Science exam).
A group of about 120 students who have shown outstanding ability in this exam will be awarded a Bronze certificate and then take part in our tutorial programme. Online support will be provided to these students using a Moodle classroom hosted by the University of Waikato and MasteringBiology resources provided by Pearson. The tutorial programme runs from October until April of the following year. The tutorials are designed to foster academic excellence in Biology and to help the students prepare for the Camp Selection Exam. This exam is held on the fourth Wednesday of Term 1. In 2014 this is the 26th February.
A group of 20-25 students will then be chosen to attend a training camp in the holidays at the end of Term 1, 2014. These students will receive a Silver certificate. Those who are chosen for the training camp will have e-mentors to guide them through the preparation that is needed for the Olympiad. Students will have the opportunity to meet and study with leading NZ biologists and companies at the camp. At the end of this camp a team of 4 students will be selected to represent NZ at the 2014 IBO in Indonesia.
Participation in the NZIBO training programme is recognised by universities in New Zealand and overseas as a sign of academic excellence. NZIBO alumni hold a wide variety of scholarships at universities, both here in New Zealand and overseas.
All students are encouraged to register for this competition. Students attending the IBO in July 2014 must meet specific criteria:
(1) be in full-time attendance at a secondary school in NZ
(2) have attended school in NZ for at least 2 years..
(3) have not obtained a diploma allowing study at a university or equivalent institution before the 1st of January of the actual competition year.
(4) are born on the 1st of July or later of the actual IBO year minus twenty.
(5) have not yet started study at a university or equivalent institution as regular or full time students.
In addition, your candidates should have a strong interest in Biology and the perseverance necessary to carry out the extra study required for the IBO during the period October 2013 to July 2014. They will also need to gain a thorough knowledge of the textbook “Biology” (Campbell & Reece, 1200 pages).
There is a registration fee of $30 per student. Students from schools that have not participated previously will be able to register for half price at $15 per student. If your school has previously entered the NZIBO it will be listed on this list. If your school is not listed then it has not participated in the past and you are eligible for half price registration.
Email contact for questions regarding registrations: firstname.lastname@example.org
Quick guide all about NZIBO can be found here
Important dates for your diary
|Registrations close for the national entrance exam||9 August 2013|
|National entrance examination||21 August 2013|
|Tutorial programme begins||1 October 2103|
|Selection Exam for Practical Training Camp||26 February 2014|
|Practical Training Camp||April 2014|
|2013 IBO in Indonesia||July 2014|