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Mexican students win in the Astronomy and Astronautics Olympiad
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Puebla, Oct. 23 (Notimex).- Gold and silver medals and an honorable mention were obtained by Mexican high school students who competed in the X Latin American Olympiad of Astronomy and Astronautics (OLAA, for its acronym in Spanish), which took place from October 14 to 19 in the city of Ayolas, Paraguay. Nancy Ruiz Dominguez, high school student at La Salle Bajio University campus; Juan Alonso de Torres de Leon, from Guanajuato obtained honorable mention; Alan Poisot Palacios, from the Wexford School in Queretaro, won a silver medal. Meanwhile, Oscar Angulo Flores, of the Colegio de Bachilleres of the state of Sonora campus Reforma of the city of Hermosillo, obtained a gold medal. He also received recognition for having the best individual theoretical test. The above mentioned Eduardo Mendoza Torres, researcher of the coordination of Astrophysics of INAOE, after abounding that in this tenth edition of the Olympiad participated young people from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, Panama, Paraguay and Mexico. He added that in our country, the INAOE organizes the National Astronomy Olympiad. In addition to the National Astronomy Olympiad in Mexico, the institute organizes various activities to select the delegations participating in international astronomy Olympiads, including OLAA. INAOE also carries out activities to prepare the selected ones, both remotely and during stays made by the young people selected at the INAOE facilities in Tonantzintla, Puebla. In the OLAA various tests are carried out, among which are a theoretical individual test, which consists of the resolution of theoretical astronomy exercises; an individual test of recognition of constellations and celestial objects; a theoretical test by teams, and a test of elaboration and launching of water rockets. NTX/AGB/GPG/ASTRO16/BBF read more
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