All-Russian Olympiad on geography

Photo by the press service of the Russian Geographical Society
Photo by the press service of the Russian Geographical Society

The 22nd of April within the frames of the final stage of the All-Russian Olympiad on geography there will be held the experts contest. The All-Russian Olympiad – is the most global geographical tournament in Russia, thousands of children from all the regions of the country participate in it annually.

The Olympiad of 2016 – is a jubilee one, it will be held for the 25th time already. «The Computeria» vacation complex in the Tver Region is hosting the young geographers.  217 boys and girls are participating in the intellectual fight this season, they will present almost all the subjects of the Russian Federation. The line-up of the schoolchildren, taking part in the competition in the Tver Region, was  finally determined in January during the regional stage of the Olympiad, where more than 5,5 thousand of people took part.



Photo by Ilya Melnikov
Photo by Ilya Melnikov

The Olympiad started the 17th of April and will last till the 23rd of April. There are three rounds in its program. The first tour – is theoretical, during it the participants had to solve complex tasks, demanding not only knowledge of the school course of geography, but wide geographical erudition, well-developed logical thinking and the ability to work with geographical maps. The second round – is practical (field), the tasks were completed during the passage of the route about 6 km long. The children were undergoing tests for knowledge of geography during the third tour.

Summing up of the results of the Olympiad will take place the 23rd of April. The participants with the highest number of points, will become the candidates for inclusion to the national team of Russia, which will go for the International Geography Olympiad to China.



Photo by the press service of the Russian Geographical Society
Photo by the press service of the Russian Geographical Society

The 22nd of April within the frames of the competition there will take place bright intellectual tournament – the geographical «What? Where? When?». The tasks for the experts` competition had been prepared by the winners of the Olympiads of the past years.

The date and the time: the 22nd of April, 2016, at 16:00

Place: the Tver Region, Kalinin district, Mednovskoye r/s, the Yamok village, suburban complex «Computeria»

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The All-Russian Olympiad on geography races its history from the middle of the XX century, when there were for the first time held the Olympiads for the Moscow pupils at the Faculty of Geography of the Lomonosov Moscow State University. The Olympiad framework was extended soon, as the number of those who wanted to take part in it grew – the school children were coming to the Olympiad from all the Soviet Union. Just about at the same time the Olympiads were for the first time held in Leningrad, Gorky, and other big universities and cities.

The Olympiad movement had been successfully developed, and in the year of 1991 in Kerch (Crimea) there was held the first (having become the last) All-Union Olympiad on Geography, where the schoolchildren from Russia, Ukraine, Belorussia, Uzbekistan came.

After the collapse of the Union in 1992 there yet took place the first All-Russian Olympiad on Geography near Yaroslavl. The tasks for that Olympiad had been invented by the group of researchers from the Geographical Faculty of the Lomonosov Moscow State University – Alexander Danshin, Nikolay Denisov and Alexey Naumov. It has been held annually since then. In the beginning the Olympiad consisted of only one round. Some years later the geography experts` contest was added, and later – the practical (field) stage, and recently, in the year of 2010, the last, test tour, was included to the program.

Alexey Naumov has been organizing and holding the All-Russian Olympiad on geography during 20 years. He is a Candidate of Geographical Sciences, Associate Professor of the Department of social and economic geography of foreign countries.

The geography of the Olympiad is very wide – it was held in many cities of Russia: Tambov, Ulyanovsk, Novgorod, Tver, Smolensk, Vladimir, Penza, Orel, Tuapse, Nizhny Novgorod, Lipetsk, Kaluga, Ryazan, Zheleznovodsk, Belgorod, Kislovodsk.

The Olympiad became the most widespread geographic activity in Russia, in which there are taking part thousands of schoolchildren from all the regions of Russia annually. More than a hundred winners of the All-Russian Olympiad on geography entered the prestigious domestic universities, many of them managed to graduate from the universities with honors, and some even gained a Ph.D.

The winners of the All-Russian Olympiad on geography are taking part in international geographic competitions:  the International Olympiad on geography and the Geographic World Championship.