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Top students going for Aussie gold in International Olympiads

19 June 2017

Today I congratulated 27 of Australia’s top students as they prepare to compete in the 2017 International Science, Mathematics and Informatics Olympiads.

I was delighted to present the students with their team blazers ahead of the six Olympiad competitions taking place in July and August in locations around the world.

The Olympiads are the Olympic Games of science, mathematics and informatics and these young academic athletes have rigorously studied and trained through practice exams, field trips and intensive summer schools.

I acknowledge the support and encouragement of their parents, teachers and mentors throughout these preparations.

The secondary students from 18 schools will compete in practical and theory exams in physics, biology, chemistry, earth science, mathematics or informatics.

This experience will not only develop their STEM knowledge but also sharpen their skills in observation, critical thinking, creativity, communication, and teamwork that will provide a fantastic foundation for future study and careers in any field.

The Australian Government, through the National Innovation and Science Agenda, is working to ensure we have a strong pipeline of young people entering the workforce with these skills, which are increasingly required for the jobs of the future.

The Agenda also underpins the government’s vision for an Australian economy driven by innovation and a society engaged in and enriched by science.

I hope this will see us celebrate and support our science Olympians just as enthusiastically as we do our sporting Olympians as they strive for Aussie gold.

I wish the 2017 teams the very best of luck.

Media contact: Minister Sinodinos' office 02 6277 7070