International STEM Tinkering Olympiad 2019

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ISTO NATIONAL ROUND 2019-20: 31st MAY, 2020

International STEM Tinkering Olympiad 2019

Unlock Innovative & Creative Mindset of Child

Toppers of State Level Olympiad will get a chance to participate in National & International Olympiads

International STEM Tinkering Olympiad

STEM Education is the driving force that will take the child on the journey of exploration through Tinkering, Innovation and Creativity.

  • Future demands innovators and tinkerers who can solve problems and come up with out of the box solutions. ISTO will help identify geniuses by unlocking Innovative & Creative mindset of the child
  • STEM education is a catalyst in the development of scientific temperament of child. ISTO will motivate students to aspire and thrive for better and emerge out to be the best. A student holding an International Rank in ISTO will develop confidence.
  • ISTO will give students a chance to sharpen their skills. They will learn how to tinker and think out of the box. This will nurture imagination, creativity and innovation at an early age.
  • ISTO will help identify the roundpegs in the squareholes and will encourage students to focus in parallel to activity and project based learning.

What is ISTO?

ISTO is first of its kind STEM & Tinkering based Olympiad that will aim to assess the students on three parameters – Tinkering, Innovation and Creativity. The Olympiad will be conducted in three stages and will attract students from all over India and abroad.

ISTO will be held in three stages. Stage 1 will be State Round, followed by National and International Round.

ISTO will be conducted in three categories – ISTO Junior, ISTO Intermediate and ISTO Senior.

ISTO Categories

ISTO Junior

Eligibility: Grade 3 to 5 Age: 7 to 10 yrs

ISTO Intermediate

Eligibility: Grade 6 to 8 Age: 11 to 13 yrs

ISTO Senior

Eligibility: Grade 9 & 10 Age: 14 to 16 yrs

ISTO Updates

  • The STATE Round will be conducted in OMR Mode and the subsequent rounds i.e. NATIONAL and INTERNATIONAL Rounds will be conducted in online mode.
  • The schools will be sent OMR Sheets through postal delivery. The OMR Sheets need to be delivered back at the head office within 7 working days.
  • The test will only have Multiple Choice Questions. The STATE Round will have a total of 30 questions and the duration of test will be of 45 minutes.
  • Schools need to register themselves through the Google Form shared.
  • A fee of INR 150 is chargeable for every student participating in ISTO 2019. The fee includes the certification costs and test material that will be provided.
  • Top Rankers will stand a chance for take-away kits, cash prizes or Industry Level Internship in India.

Objectives of ISTO

  • STEM education and Tinkering are the buzzwords these days all across the globe. Children of 21st century need to develop scientific temperament and foster global skills like tinkering, innovation skills and creativeness.
  • ISTO aims in providing a platform to all the students who work diligently in workspaces like ATLs and are bringing innovations.
  • ISTO is designed so as to integrate and blend all the classroom students and learners.
  • Students are building valuable problem-solving skills through ATLs, Innovation labs, Incubation Centres and Robotics Club. ISTO will provide a platform to all such students in assessing their tinkering and innovative skills.
ISTO Junior

Eligibility: Grade 3 -5 | Age: 7 -10

Block Coding

ISTO Intermediate

Eligibility: Grade 6-8 | Age: 11-13


ISTO Senior

Eligibility: Grade 9 & 10 | Age: 14-16

Design Thinking

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ISTO 2019 Timeline

Round 1: State Level

  • 13th December 2019

Offline MCQ Based Exams held in Schools

100000+ Students to participate pan India

School Rankings

State Rankings

Round 2: National Level

  • 31st May 2020

MCQ Based Online Quiz

Participants qualify for the National Round on cut-off basis

State Rankings

National Rankings

Final Round: International

  • Delayed due to Covid19



1. Certificate of Participation for all the participants.
2. Each School’s Top 3 Candidates from all the three categories will be awarded with Certificate of Recognition.
3. Each participant will be provided with a National Ranking and Performance based Analytics centred on the following parameters –
i. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills.
ii. Logical and Creative Thinking, Adaptive and Cognitive Thinking.
iii. Innovation Skills – tapping the imaginative approach of the student.
4. All the participants will be provided with Free One year Subscription to ISTO Platform, where they can continuously test their Logical, Analytical, Creative, Cognitive skills round the year and assess themselves in the core areas.


1. Top 3 Tinkerers of all the 3 categories will stand a chance to undergo a Deep Learning Programme at National Level Tinkering Studio / Incubation Centres. The participants of the programme will get full assistance in –
a. Patent Filing process.
b. Research Paper Publication
c. Productization of Innovative Idea / Prototype.
2. All the students who will qualify for National Level will get Certificate of Recognition.
3. Top 10 participants across all the categories will get Free One Year Subscription to Discovery Education International’s
Award-winning Block-coding platform – Discovery Education Coding (UK) Online Coding & Artificial Intelligence Python Courses which covers Application Development, Web Development and Artificial Intelligence using Python.


1. The First Rank Holder across all the three categories will stand a chance to participate in a 5 Day Innovative Learning Programme to be held at Amsterdam, Europe.
2. The Top Rank Holders will get an Internationally Recognised Certificate of Distinction.
3. The First Rank Holder will get a Gold Medal.

How to Participate

  • The Olympiad consists of three phases, i.e STATE Round, National Round and International Round
  • Top Rankers from each STATE will get qualified for the NATIONAL Round. And winners of National Round will get a chance for an International Educational Visit to Europe.
  • The Olympiad will have three different categories, viz. ISTO Junior, ISTO Middle and ISTO Senior.
  • Certificate of Participation will be provided to all the participating students. Top Rankers in each round will get Certificate of Recognition.
  • State Round will be conducted offline in OMR Mode. The subsequent rounds will be conducted in Online Mode.

ISTO State Level Calendar 2019

  • Registration Link Active from 4th November.
  • Last Date of Registration – 30th November.
  • OMR Delivery for State Round – On or before 10th December.
  • ISTO 2019 State Round – 13th December
  • OMR Return Delivery to Head Office – Latest by 17th December
  • ISTO 2019 State Round Results – 22nd January 2020.

How to Register

  • Registration of Schools for ISTO 2019 will be done on ISTO Website and the student details will be provided through Google Form link.
  • Each participating student needs to pay a fee of $2 (INR 150).
  • Post Registration, each school will be provided a Unique Registration Code. And students will be provided a Unique Roll Number.

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