South Coast Baptist College students second in Australian Young Physicists Tournament

South Coast Baptist College students Justyn Hall, Anna Watts and Daniel Rutherford.
South Coast Baptist College students Justyn Hall, Anna Watts and Daniel Rutherford.

SOUTH Coast Baptist College students came second in the Australian Young Physicists Tournament.

The tournament was held in Brisbane from December 2 to 6.

The Rockingham students pitted their wits against specialist Physics programs from John Monash School of Science, Hutchins School from Tasmania, Brisbane Girls Grammar School and All Saints Anglican School from Queensland. SCBC emerged as second in the six-team tournament.

Justyn Hall, Daniel Rutherford and Anna Watts studied open-ended questions given six months before the tournament.

They researched theory from beyond normal curriculum, conducted experiments and debated their findings in rigorous Physics debates with their opponents.

The students were coached in the school’s STEM specialist program.

Anna (15) said the tournament was an amazing experience.

“I learnt so much about physics and it gave me more confidence in myself,” she said.

“I had a brilliant time, and I am so thankful that I was blessed with the opportunity to take part.”

Justyn (17) said the critical thinking skills he gained from making the presentation, to the public speaking and debating skills, improved his understanding of physics.