Proud news comes from the mathematics Olympiad. The Indonesian team won 6 medals at the 63rd International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) which was held in Oslo, Norway. They managed to get one silver medal, four bronze medals, and one honorable mention.
Rafael Kristoforus Yanto from SMA Penabur Gading Serpong became a participant from Indonesia who won a silver medal at the IMO 2022 event.
Then, the bronze medals were won by Sandy Kristian Waluyo from SMA Penabur Cirebon, Maulana Satta Adigama from SMA Taruna Nusantara, Evelyn Lianto from SMK Mawar Sharon Surabaya, and Vanya Priscillia from SMAK Petra 2 Surabaya.
While the honorable mention award was won by Andrew Daniel Janong who is one of the students from SMAK 5 Penabur Jakarta.
Mathematics Jury Coordinator Aleams Barra said that Indonesia managed to make a significant improvement in scores compared to the previous year, this year Indonesia won a total team score of 151 which previously was only 99.
However, Barra said that the increase in value was not only experienced by Indonesia but also in various other countries. This caused Indonesia, which was originally ranked 32, to drop to rank 38.
Nevertheless, he still feels proud of the achievements that have been achieved by the participants this year and also continues to appreciate the hard work of all parties.
“These children have done their best and for Puspresnas, I also appreciate it for preparing for this year’s Olympics,” said Barra as quoted from the Press Release of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology (Kemendikbud Ristek), Monday (18/7/). 2022).
To continuously improve the quality of the participants, Barra suggested that all coaching activities could be carried out offline. According to him, the online coaching method is quite limiting himself with his mentor participants.
“Offline coaching and training are very important for the math team because juniors can have in-depth discussions with their seniors. Online discussions have been a challenge in itself because the knowledge from their older brothers who took part in the previous competition was not fully passed on to their younger siblings, “explained Barra.
For information, IMO is a science olympiad that was first held in 1959. Since then, IMO has been designated as an annual event and is still the oldest and largest science olympiad in the world. This year 598 students from 104 countries participated.
In practice, participants are asked to solve six types of math problems, each consisting of three questions per day and must be done for 4.5 hours per day.
The six questions cover several branches of mathematics, namely algebra, combinatorics, geometry, and number theory.