The ClimateScience is inviting eligible applicants for its 2021 Olympiad program. The ClimateScience is a global charity creating and providing educational resources on solutions to climate change to 100,000s of people worldwide.
The program host two age brackets: 14-17 and 18-25. If you are in one of those at the time of registration, you are eligible regardless of nationality or other factors.
- Winners: The top 3 teams win US$5,000, US$3,000 and US$2,000, respectively. The prize money is split half/half between the two team members or awarded in full in case the winner participated on their own.
- Finalists: If there’s no more pandemic, finalists will meet in person and attend the ‘Green zone’ of the United Nations Climate Summit (COP-26) in Glasgow on Nov 1-12, 2021. The program is applying for finalists to also get a chance to enter the zone where political conversations happen and will post an update on this by April 2021.
- Semi-finalists: Applicants are invited to a ClimateScience-led training group to help they prepare for the semi-final and, if they proceed, for the final.
- Compete in teams of 2 (recommended) or on applicant own. Teams can apply together. Individual applicants are, if they wish for it, matched up with a teammate by the program.
- In a qualifier, applicants choose one of three problem statements to respond to. To help they prepare, are told the topics 10 days before the event, but the exact problem statement is only revealed at the start of the actual qualifier event.
- Then applicants have 3 hours to research (with internet connection) and write essay responses to questions related to the problem statement. ClimateScience will score each team’s solution.
- In-person qualifiers are organised locally (in e.g. university venues). Online qualifiers are held regionally too.
- Semi Finals:
- The top 5% of all qualifier participants advance to the global semi finals. Semi finals are held online.
- Semi finalists, are invited to a community education program that helps them prepare for the semi final (and final).
- The Final:
- If applicants make it to the final, they have essentially won already. Why?
- Depending on the COVID-19 situation in Nov 2021, the final will be conducted in-person in Glasgow, UK or online. If in-person, finalists will also be invited to the United Nations Climate Summit (COP26) in Glasgow, UK.
- The program host two age brackets: 14-17 and 18-25. If applicants are in one of those at the time of registration, they are eligible regardless of nationality or other factors.
- Both members of a team must be within the same age bracket at the time of application. The program will require proof-of-age from everyone who makes it to the semi-finals.
- Both age brackets participate in the same qualifiers and answer the same type of problem statements. However, the program only compares participants within their age groups. This means the program score the two brackets independently and normalise them within each other. Semi-finalists, finalists and eventually the winners are then chosen based on the highest normalised score across age groups. This ensures fair comparison regardless of age.
For more information, visit https://climate-science.com/olympiad/