Czech Republic

„Biologická Olympiáda“

Czech Republic

Country coordinator

Name:
RnDr. Jan Černý
E-mail:

Hosting institution

Czech University of Life Sciences Prague
Kamycka 129
16500, Prague 6
Czech Republic


Structure

Appointing institution

Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports

www.msmt.cz

Organization & structure

Ministry of Education is the main source of funding. On the other hand, they don’t participate in the NBO organization. The NBO is organized by Czech University of Life Sciences together with National Biology Olympiad Committee and supported by many volunteers from other institutions (e.g. Charles University) - often former participants of the NBO.

Competition is divided into four categories: A, B, C, and D. Students can start with the category D at the age of 12 and finish in category A as 19-20 years old. For categories B, C and D, there are 2 rounds: school and regional one. Category A has 3 rounds: school round in winter, regional round in March/April and national round (hosted by one of the Czech universities or top high schools). Each year is the NBO focused on a particular topic.

Tests

In all competition rounds there are practical laboratory parts, theoretical test and identification of animal and plant species. National competition in category A also includes fieldwork.

Theoretical tests are multiple-choice exams with 1 or 2 possible correct answers and 30-50 questions. All subjects of biology are proportionally covered, including biosystematics, ecology, evolution and ethology.

Training

There are summer camps for the best students from the regional competition of all categories in July. For the IBO final selection as well as training, there is one course with extensive testing at the end of May at the Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague (usually 6 days in total).

Study materials

 The NBO is focused eache year on a particular topic. This topic is covered by approx. 100 pages booklet, often written by the senior university students or university teachers (for category A&B). For category C&D, shorter text is prepared by a group of secondary school teachers. Printed version of the booklet is distributed to all relevant secondary schools and electronic version is accessible on-line at www.biologickaolymopiada.cz

Awards & prizes

The regional winners receive certificates. Best competitors in the national level are awarded with books and prizes from sponsors. The main sponsor is for many years the company Olympus, other sponsors are universities and local companies. Successful participants of the national round are accepted to several universities without entrance exam.

All Czech student representatives from different international knowledge competitions are honored in and official meeting organized by the Ministry of Education at the end of the year.

Education

Type of students

Competition is divided into four categories: A, B, C, and D. Students can participate in the category D at the age of 12 and finish in category A as 19-20 years old. Younger students could compete in a category for older students (but they have to choose always just onecategory).

School year

School year lasts from 1st September to 30th June.

Biology hours/week

minimum 1 hour/week, maximum 4 hours/week

Hours of Classes/week

27 - 35

Public Relations

Promotion

Long tradition makes Biology Olympiad well known among students and teachers. The invitation and some materials are distributed to directors of high/secondary schools in the Czech Republic. Many schools take part in the competition. The website of the NBO is widely used as an information hub.  Other material is distributed via e-mails.

Promotion contact

The Secretary of Czech NBO

Statistics over the year

Number of participants in school rounds per year (average 2015 - 2019):

Category A: almost 2000

Category B:  over 2000

Category C:  8000 - 9000

Category D:  8000 - 9000

Media coverage

Local newspaper or radio usually report about successful students from their region. Articles about NBO are regularly published in the Czech educational or science magazines.


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