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Competition and Camaraderie at #IChO2012

Today, students competing in the International Chemistry Olympiad are taking a five-hour theoretical exam, which counts toward 60% of their total score. Check out Newscripts’ blog post from July 24 for some sample questions and see whether you can compete with a chemistry olympian.

While the students are hard at work, let’s take a look at some of the camaraderie they’ve enjoyed over the past few days:

Students held up their country flags at the Opening Ceremony on Sunday.
Credit: Peter Cutts Photography

Even a bus ride can be entertaining!
Credit: Peter Cutts Photography

A group of students pose in front of an exhibit at the Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C., on Sunday.
Credit: Peter Cutts Photography

During a trip to Annapolis, Md., on Monday, a guide tells students about Maryland’s blue crabs.
Credit: Peter Cutts Photography

After touring NASA’s Space Flight Center, students were treated to a boat cruise in Annapolis.
Credit: Peter Cutts Photography

Slovenian students express their joy after completing the five-hour lab practical on Tuesday.
Credit: Linda Wang/C&EN

ACS President Bassam Z. Shakhashiri demonstrates the properties of moving air to students during a presentation on Tuesday evening.
Credit: Linda Wang/C&EN

U.S. participant Jason Ge and his teammates react to one of Shakhashiri’s demonstrations.
Credit: Linda Wang/C&EN

On Wednesday, after touring the monuments around Washington, D.C., students gathered in front of the Capitol Building for a group photo.
Credit: Peter Cutts Photography

Check out the Catalyzer, the daily newsletter of the International Chemistry Olympiad, for more photos and interesting tidbits from the competition.

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