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Tournament for young chemists is a combined team and individual competition for students in their ability to solve complex chemical problems, present found solutions and defend their findings in a form of a scientific discussion.

Objectives of the tournament include:

  • stimulating student interest in chemistry, involving them in practical scientific research;
  • teaching the ways of working in a creative group;
  • strengthening interdisciplinary connections;
  • increasing participation in extracurricular chemistry-related activities, as well as increasing the involvement of scientists, university and post-graduate students in working with high school students;
  • improving the professional level of chemistry teachers.

Tournaments and school olympiad competitions pursue a similar goal - working with gifted students with the major difference in tournament being a team competition.

However, the structure of the tournament allows to measure the knowledge and skills of each team member individually during their participation in battles.

The result of participation in this competition depends on how successful each team's strategy for presenting their solutions is, their ability to formulate and ask questions and assess the overall situation.

All problems in the tournament do not have a unique solution and require extensive training. With some of the problems only strange unpredictable solutions are true.

However, this is a deliberate move on the organizers' part, because when attempting to solve such problems, students fully manifest their skill in summarizing the facts, developing their own ideas and utilizing modern scientific theories in logical reasoning.

Often a large amount of related literature can be found on the subject featuring in problems, but the probability of discovering a straight answer is pretty remote.

This allows to match the process of finding a solution as much as possible to standard scientific research: forming a theoretical baseline using available literature and consultations with experts in the field; development of your own concept, its interpretation and justification; critical evaluation and discussion within the team, preparation and presentation of the final report.