Education and Talent Olympics, may the best student win

Published on Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Students are taking their place on the starting line for the 10th Education and Talent Olympics, the competition with prizes for high school students in Italy and abroad, with Enel as the main sponsor.

Following the presentation on 11 September in the Chamber of Deputies, applications for this year’s competition opened on the website at www.olimpiadidellacultura.it with the aim of exceeding the record achieved for the 2018 event, which attracted 10,000 participants

Inspired by an idea from Daniele Ceccarelli and originally staged at a provincial level, the Education and Talent Olympics enjoyed immediate success from their very beginning, attracting 550 participants as early as 2009. Thanks to the support of partners like the Fondazione Camis de Fonseca, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Civitavecchia and the NGO Libera, the event helps promote the culture of merit among the younger generations.  

Applying is easy and free: simply complete the online form on the competition website before 30 November. The elimination stages, the “Galileo Games”, will be held simultaneously in all the schools involved on 14 December. The macro-regional semi-finals will take place on three different dates at three different venues: on 6 March in Civitavecchia (Rome) for schools in central Italy, 8 March in Turin for northern schools and 11 March in Nova Siri (Matera) for schools in the south. The 300 best students will contest the final stage in Tolfa (Rome) from 2 to 5 May.  

As well as the challenges involving general knowledge and the main school subjects, the winners will have faced four decisive tests: the spoken test called “Talk to us about…”, the "AccultOrientarsi" test, the "CortOlimpiadi" and the Talent challenges. At stake are a week’s travel abroad in the destination of choice for the winners, a weekend on the Maltese island of Gozo for the runners-up and a weekend in Italy for those in third place, as well as a selection of other prizes. All that effort deserves a holiday: may the best student win!
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