International Young Naturalist`s Tournament (IYNT)
Students in IYNT do not solve problems, but rather look for solutions on specific research problems. To be successful, they should design experiments, analyse data and defend the results as a team. The tournament is a chance for them to experience the world of science, but also prove themselves as successful in different fields of science. As the challenges here are specific, the IYNT is quite different than all other science Olympiads.
Izzi Science for Kids Support
The training of the two Bulgarian teams is carried out entirely in the laboratory of Izzi Science for Kids. The best Bulgarian high school students in physics, chemistry and biology develop their projects with resources provided by the school.
Results by years:
Preparation and recruitment underway. Both teams will be led by science teachers Nikola Karavasilev, Nasko Stamenov, Zlatina Dimitrova and Plamen Ivanov, PhD.
One great success for the Bulgarian team in IYNT was a gold medal in 2021. The six high-school students took the gold medal after a challenging five-day race against 84 competitors from more than 10 countries.
The training of the team happened in our up-to-date laboratory. Team leaders were Nikola Karavasilev and Nasko Stamenov. In order to find solutions to the scientific problems, students had to prepare a series of complex scientific experiments which we will soon reveal in greater detail. Apart from the two official team leaders, the Izzi Science teacher Zlatina Dimitrova, an independent juror in the tournament, also provided special assistance during the teams’ preparation.
12 of the best high-school students in chemistry, physics and biology made a strong presentation at the seventh IYNT in Minsk, Belarus. The Bulgarian “Team A”, won bronze medals. The two Bulgarian teams competed with 150 participants from 25 teams.
During the semi-finals, Team A performed on par with the Swiss competitors, but due to few points more prom previous stages, the Swiss team reached the final. The winner of the tournament was team New Zealand, and second silver medalist was team Croatia. Team B missed the semi-finals and remained on the 13th place, ahead of Greece, Russia, Kazakhstan, and China.