The International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition takes the fascinating scientific subject of astronomy and gives students the opportunity to challenge their astronomy and astrophysics knowledge in a friendly competition and – by participating – to learn more about this interesting subject and to extend their horizon.
The International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition has the aim to be accessible to all students from all countries regardless of their background, school, or institution. For that, the International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition uses today’s technologies and the global connection through the internet to make this competition possible: All you need is a pen, paper, and an internet connection to participate!
In general, astronomy is a great motivation for students to get in touch with science. Our society is in need of capable scientists and engineers that develop, shape and maintain the innovations of the future. The initial motivation through scientific events and competitions can encourage students to a professional career as a researcher or engineer.
In order to be eligible to participate in the International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition you have to be at least 10 years old and you have to be a student (this includes high school, college, and university). There are no other restrictions and students from all grades and all countries are invited to participate! There are two age categories:
Junior: under 18 years on 30. April 2021.
Youth: over 18 years on 30. April 2021.
Students from both categories will receive the same problems in all rounds, however, students that are youths (18 years or older) will have to reach more points to qualify for the next round (e.g. to qualify for the pre-final round, students that are under 18 years have to reach 15 points and students that are over 18 years have to reach 20 points).
The prizes and awards worth a total of 700 USD which includes cash prizes of 600 USD: All participants (regardless of the results) receive participation certificates to honor their efforts.
The overall best students can achieve a 1. prize, 2. prize, and 3. prize as well as receive special awards for being the best students from each country:
1. Prize, Youth 150 USD Cash Prize, Special 1. Prize Certificate
2. Prize, Youth 100 USD Cash Prize, Special 2. Prize Certificate
3. Prize, Youth 50 USD Cash Prize, Special 3. Prize Certificate
1. Prize, Junior 150 USD Cash Prize, Special 1. Prize Certificate
2. Prize, Junior 100 USD Cash Prize, Special 2. Prize Certificate
3. Prize, Junior 50 USD Cash Prize, Special 3. Prize Certificate
National Awards Special National Award Certificate
All Finalists Bronze Honour, Silver Honour or Gold Honour
All Participants Official Participation Certificate + Special Honour for digital Submissions
HOW TO APPLY
For more information, visit the official website.