Last week, more than four hundred elementary and high school students from gathered in Podgorica, Montenegrin capital, for a one-of-a-kind event – Montenegrin Knowledge Olympiad.
Montenegrin Knowledge Olympiad was organized for the 8th year in a row, with the goal to popularize mathematics and natural sciences among younger generations. At the same time, the Olympiad serves as a venue that helps students develop their skills and nurture their affinities towards these subjects. The competition is organized annually by the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Society of Mathematicians and Physicists of Montenegro, Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts, Rector of the University of Montenegro, and .ME Registry. We are incredibly proud to have been part of this story from the very beginning.
Every elementary and high school, regardless of the number of students, was invited to send up to four representatives per category – their school year and subject in which they competed. They competed in a number of subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Programming. Types of problems in the programming contest were from the following areas: Ad-hoc problems, Number theory, Data structures, Dynamic programming, Combinatorics and games, Basic graph algorithms, Shortest path problem, Network-flow problem, Computational geometry and String algorithms. Allowed programming languages were: Pascal, C, C++ and Java; while allowed tools and translators: Free Pascal, Code Blocks, Eclipse and Notepad++.
If we want them to get ahead of us, it is of utmost importance to equip younger generations with technologies and knowledge that will help them be competitive in the global market. Encouraging young people to pursue their passions and create connections among peers with same interests is one of the ways we can do that, and that is what we hope to achieve by supporting Knowledge Olympiad. – Predrag Lešić
We would like to congratulate to all who participated. It is their enthusiasm and contribution that, not only keeps this Olympiad live year after year, but keeps it growing in numbers and scope. We are looking forward to seeing what these young minds bring us in the future!