The tournament was created in the USSR to foster scientific research and improved international communication in physics. It is an annual team competition for high school physics students.
The purpose of IYPT is to develop scientific thinking, research skills, communication skills and teamwork. It is also hoped that it will stimulate interest in engineering and science careers.
The nature of the tournament promotes scientific research and problem-solving and requires participants to work on very complex problems.
The South Coast Baptist College team investigated, solved and prepared presentations on two problems.
On day one of the competition each team had to present their investigations and respond to other teams’ questions about their methodology and analysis.
They then had to listen to other teams and critically analyse and ask questions of them, with judges allocating marks to each student. After day one, Jared and Jack were in second place.
On day two, an additional two problems were released at the tournament to be researched and solved.
When the final scores were revealed, Jared was the highest scoring student in the competition and Jack was the fourth highest speaker.
Together they were the winning team.