Students radiate with success

Among the medallists were Wanna Wanmee, Jannah Teo and Jared Loffler. Photographer: Jon Hewson. d441721
Among the medallists were Wanna Wanmee, Jannah Teo and Jared Loffler. Photographer: Jon Hewson. d441721

The PYPT mirrors the International Young Physicists� Tournament, a popular competition with 27 countries participating this year.

Students from SCBC, Kennedy Baptist College and Mandurah Baptist College were given open-ended questions and were required to present solutions in a convincing way, and to defend them in scientific discussions with their opponents in �physics fights�.

The aim of the tournament was to take students through the processes faced by physicists from research to modelling and experimentation, to orally defend their theories in front of peers and experts.

SCBC�s senior team eventually emerged as the gold medallists in the challenging competition.

Year 12 student Mohit Kumar said although a tense experience, it was exciting to see the application of physics first-hand.

�I personally loved the opposing part of the fight, where we were allowed to find flaws in the presentation of opponents,� he said.

�However, to find actual flaws was quite difficult and this is testament to the high calibre of physics education in Rockingham.�

Fellow gold medallist and Year 11 student Jared Loffler said he enjoyed the challenge and interacting with students from other schools with a shared interest in science.

�The physics fights gave us the chance to test ourselves against other students and it was interesting to see how others approach the same problem,� he said.

Despite doing well in the tournament, a number of the winning students expressed an interest in pursuing a career in other scientific fields.