Taiwan takes third place at International Earth Science Olympiad

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Photo courtesy of Ministry of Education

Photo courtesy of Ministry of Education

Taipei, Aug. 16 (CNA) Taiwan took third place in the 2018 International Earth Science Olympiad (IESO) held Aug. 8-16 in Thailand, after its team bagged two gold medals, one silver and one bronze, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said Thursday.

Taiwan was behind only the United States and Japan in the competition. It was the first time the country only made third after taking second place last year and securing the top spot for 10 consecutive years since the country started to compete in the IESO in 2007.

The Taiwanese team was made up of four high school students, two of whom -- Chung Cheng-cheng (鍾承成) from Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School and Tsai Cheng-hsuan(蔡承軒) from Taichung St. Viator Catholic High School -- secured gold medals.

Liu Cheng-han (劉承翰), a student from Taichung Municipal First Senior High School, won silver, and Jen Chin-yang (任瑨洋) from Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School won bronze.

In terms of individual rankings, Chung and Tsai were ranked eighth and ninth, respectively, among 139 students from 38 countries, while the other two students were ranked 21st and 46th, the ministry said.

According to the MOE, the team members were selected from among a total of 493 students after a series of tests and training by more than 10 professors led by National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) professor Chang Chun-yen (張俊彥).

This year's questions were a little difficult for the Taiwanese students, especially the ones with several possible answers, said NTNU earth science professor Mii Horng-sheng (米泓生), who led the Taiwanese delegation.

The questions focused heavily on logical reasoning, which Taiwanese students lack, Mii said, adding that few high schools in Taiwan have rock and material identification experiment lessons, which is also an important part in the competition.

(By Chen Chih-chung and CNA intern Wang Szu-chi)

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