Australia’s young maths and science ‘superheroes’ of 2018 revealed

Australia’s finest maths and science students have been hailed as superheroes at Parliament House in Canberra as they were named in this year’s teams for the International Science and Mathematics Olympiads.

Minister for Jobs and Innovation Senator Michaelia Cash welcomed the announcement of the teams and said they had much to be proud of.

“These students have worked hard and excelled to get into the teams and we look forward to seeing where their love of science, mathematics and technology takes them in future,” Minister Cash said.

The 27 students received their team blazers along with words of wisdom and encouragement from Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation Senator Zed Seselja and Australia’s Chief Scientist Alan Finkel.

They represent 19 schools from the ACT, NSW, QLD, SA, VIC and WA and were selected from a pool of more than 25,000 high school students.

Minister Seselja told the students they had a fine record to uphold, with Australia having won more than 30 gold medals and hundreds of silver and bronze. “You have a marvelous opportunity to see the world and meet new people,” he said.

Dr Finkel said the team’s blazers were like superhero capes “because in them you will do extraordinary things”.

The students will test their skills against 2,000 of the world’s top students in the International Olympiads in Iran (Biology), Slovakia and Czech Republic (Chemistry), Thailand (Earth Science), Japan (Informatics), Romania (Mathematics) and Portugal (Physics) from July to September this year.

Learn more about the Australian Science Olympiads at: www.asi.edu.au

Learn more about the Mathematics and Informatics Olympiads at:www.amt.edu.au

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