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Dutch Astronomy Olympiad 2012

Submitter: Joeri van Leeuwen
Description: The Dutch Astronomy Olympiad is an annual astronomy competition for high school students. The 2012 version is co-sponsored by ASTRON. The questions for the qualifying round are now on-line at www.sterrenkundeolympiade.nl (in Dutch). As the Olympiad is an important tool for further enthusing potential astronomy students, daily-image readers are encouraged to forward this announcement to any associated Dutch high schools and science/physics teachers.

The Olympiad, which is organised by Leiden Observatory this year, is open to 5th and 6th grade high school students. In the preliminary round, participants can qualify for the final, where they can win an observing trip to La Palma for themselves and a 70-mm telescope for their school.

The preliminary round is easily accessible and free, takes place online, and does not require organisation at teacher or school level. The top 15 candidates in the preliminary round will be invited to the final in Leiden. The final starts off with a two-day masterclass on various astronomical topics, including galaxies, star formation and instrumentation, followed by a final round of the Olympiad. A special part of the finals this year is the Venus transit on Wednesday, June 6 -- the last one until 2117. The main prize in the Olympiad is a trip to the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory on La Palma, where the winner gets to use a professional optical telescope; while her/his school wins a 70mm telescope especially designed for novice observers and well-suited for class labs and science projects.
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