Agora International School Madrid was host to the very first Academic Olympics: science and maths Olympics which took place from the 2nd to the 5th of February, with the participation of NACE Schools from Spain, the UK and France. This was an experience which encouraged both the international and collaborative spirit and the educational excellence which are characteristic of all the schools in the group.
Over the course of a few days, 2nd and 3rd ESO pupils from the different schools got fully involved in all the different activities included in these science and maths Olympics: Maths and Natural Sciences, including the subcategories of Biology, Physics and Chemistry. In addition, values such as collaboration and tolerance were an important part of all activities.
Throughout these science and maths Olympics, students were divided into groups of a maximum of 14 pupils from different schools: seven from 2nd ESO and seven from 3rd ESO. This was to encourage team spirit between the different age groups and enable them to learn from and assist each other, build relationships and meet fellow pupils with different points of view. At the opening ceremony, held on Tuesday the 2nd of February, the teams gave a brief introduction of their group, showed the logo and slogan which defined them and gave some interesting information about their school.
The general concepts worked on in these science and maths Olympics, were:
- Biology: respiration, circulation, photosynthesis and nutrition.
- Physics and Chemistry: velocity, the solar system and density.
- Maths: calculus, equations, geometry and statistics.
This NACE Schools science and maths Olympics event was a great experience for our pupils. It was a week during which they learnt new ways of thinking, met pupils from other cultures and countries, learnt to live together, and discovered the city of Madrid. A truly rewarding way to have fun while learning.