With the intention of promoting astronomical knowledge, the first Panamanian Space Science Olympiad (OliPaCe) is held. The competition will serve to select in August 5 young people who will represent Panama in the Latin American Astronomy and Astronautics Olympiad, in October, in Paraguay. Next April 15, 10 students out of a total of 28 who started the contest will be selected.
In November, the first stage of 162 participants from all over the Panamanian geography took place.
The activity has been organized by the National Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation (SENACYT), the City of Knowledge Foundation and the Ministry of Education (Meduca). "SENACYT is organizing the OliPaCE with the objective of stimulating the participation of students and teachers in Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, Astronautics and Allied Sciences advanced programs that contribute to the discovery of their skills. This educational project seeks to encourage accurate research from an early age," said the National Secretary of SENACYT, Jorge A. Motta.
Madelaine Rojas, Coordinator of the Educational Project of Space Sciences of the SENACYT, stressed that, "throughout the four days of the OliPaCE, students will face challenges of the contest, such as the group and individual test of knowledge, and they will have to solve the challenges of rocketry, astronomical observation, robotics and circuit".
The Olympiad was inaugurated on April 12 and will run until April 15. (With press information from SENACYT)