Israel wins silver and bronze medals at computer science Olympics
While the Israelis hope for Olympic medals for their athletic prowess at the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo, four teenagers have won silver and bronze medals at the 33rd International Computer Olympiad for their intelligence.
Hosted virtually by the National University of Singapore School of Computing from June 19-25, the IOI attracted some 351 outstanding high school students from 88 countries.
Each country can register a team of up to four applicants to complete timed computer skills tasks such as problem analysis, algorithm and data structure design, programming and testing.
This year marked Israel’s 25th consecutive appearance at the IOI, but it was only the second time all four teammates have won medals.
Yanir Edri (from Ironi Hay School in Haifa) and Gonen Gazit (from HaEmek Hamaaravi School in Ifat) won silver medals. Yoav Katz (from Blich High School in Ramat Gan) and Lior Yehezkeli (from Makif Haklai in Nahalal) won bronze medals.
They all finished grade 12 this year and it was the first time everyone had participated in the IOI.
The boys were trained at the Future Scientists Center for the Advancement of the Talented and Gifted, run by the Department of Education and Bar-Ilan University.
The centre’s academic director, Avshalom Elmalech of Bar-Ilan University, who did his post-doctorate in computer science at Harvard, said the four were chosen as the top candidates from a group of 50 students trained for the ‘Olympiad in the center. Some 3,000 high school students applied to take the aptitude test for this training.
“They are very determined and work with us one day a week in addition to working from home,” Elmalech told ISRAEL21c. “The time and effort they put into it is enormous, and on top of that, they are very brilliant.”
Since 1996, Israel has won seven gold medals, 32 silver medals and 33 bronze medals in the IOI.