Each spring, the Korea Astronomy Olympiad (KAO) is held with the participation of middle and high school students from around Korea who have interest and talent in astronomy.
Over summer months, students chosen through KAO’s preliminary document(including school records)-based selection process can participate in email-based summer assignments, online lectures and weekend sky-observation classes.
From fall through winter, based on the secondary in-depth interview evaluation, selected students are given chance to take part in the email-based autumn assignments and the winter camp held during the winter recess, where students learn through lectures, labs and sky observation classes on the foundational concepts of astronomy as well as more advanced contents.
In the beginning of next spring, student delegates who will attend the international astronomy olympiads are selected based on the scores of autumn assignments and the evaluations of the winter school performance including lab works as well as the results of written tests and observational skill test using telescopes.
From spring through summer to fall, the selected student delegates are trained via the email-based spring assignments, a week of summer camp held during the summer school break and final training camps held just prior to the international astronomy olympiads.
Over the period of late summer to late fall, students delegates participate in international astronomy olympiads.