Olimpíada Brasileira de Biologia
Our Olympics begin enrollment to schools in October . Schools can register until the start of the school year (March ) . Registrations of students is made only after the application of the first exam. The disclosure is made mainly on-line. When resources are available the Associação Nacional de Biossegurança (NBO Organizer) send posters to many schools in the country .
The Brazilian Biology Olympiad (OBB) is organized by the National Association of Biosafety (ANBio). We applied three rounds of examinations selecting our Olympic delegation. The first round takes place in the registered schools and is applied by the high-school teachers. The first test has 30 multiple choice questions and has only eliminatory character. The first phase occurs in late April.
After the registration of students in our online system, cutting the selected students for the second phase is done. In our guidelines states that 5% of the best students are qualified for the second phase of the OBB.
The second phase contains 120 multiple choice questions and is applied by state coordinators throughout Brazil. After its application, answer sheets are sent for correction in ANBio. The fifteen finishers are selected for the third and final phase which occurs in institutions in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Some institutions that are partners of OBB in this stage are: Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Fluminense Federal University, Butantan Institute (SP).
The third phase corresponds to two weeks of training and practical assessments. The top four students at this stage are selected to participate in the IBO. The fifth to eighth placed are selected to participate in the Ibero-American Olympiad Biology.
Every year more schools and students participating in the OBB. Currently we have approximately 3000 registered schools and about 60,000 students who participated effectively in our first phase. Most participating schools and students in the public school.
The first two rounds correspond to test multiple choice . Only in the final phase of training and selection discursive and practical tests are applied.
State coordinators and teachers OBB friends assist in the making of the first two tests. The third and final phase is made by teachers that participate in the practical training of students.
The training stage takes place over two weeks in June . Students classifieds are brought to Rio de Janeiro and then Sao Paulo.
The training is organized by ANBio with institutions partnerships OBB .
Some examples of institutions that have participated in the training are given below:
- State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ)
- Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)
- UFRJ National Museum - Federal Rio de Janeiro State University (UNIRIO)
- Federal Fluminense University (UFF)
- Butantan Institute
Resolution of past exams and extra training is certainly made in charge of the schools of selected students.
There is no specific material developed for training of students. In our homepage are available various tests of former OBB to better prepare students for the OBB rounds.
The fifteen finishers in the OBB receive medals and certificates of honor . The organization of the OBB understands that the two weeks of practical training are also an excellent prize students to achieve their classification.
The disclosure in the press is more restricted to impressive results in International Olympics.
There is always a highlight when Brazilian student returns with medals of IBO / OIAB .
Locally, the source states, the schools of the students qualified for the training phase fairly disclose its success thus posing positive marketing their institution .
The OBB has the most government source resources.
Every year the project is submitted to the CNPq / Capes notices that are government agency that foster research and education in Brazil.
Some private companies (eg . Catalita) also support the OBB with funds and air tickets to students.
Also noteworthy are the high schools that often use own resources for reproduction and application of exams.
The Ministry of Education and the Science and Technology financially support the OBB.
Recently, ANBio is also helping the ministry in strategic planning of science education in public schools in Brazil.
The OBB applies rules identical to IBO regarding students who can participate . Students duly enrolled in high school as well as 19-year limit are the only allowed to participate in the OBB . Our tiebreakers prioritize public school students , younger students , and students from states or schools with less representation.
Over the past 11 years OBB managed to stabilize the number of participants at about 60K students.
Currently about 3000 schools from all states of Brazil apply to OBB.
Over the years there has been large increase in the participation of Brazilian public schools in the OBB.
Currently almost 70% of registered schools are public , strengthening the role of science popularization and social inclusion of OBB in our country.