Want To Become Physics-Champion?

Raymond Mason from S6EN, together with his teammates (Thomas Rauch from Louise-schroeder-School and Pascal Reeck from Wilhelm-Ostwald-School) has won the Germany Young Physicists Tournament (GYPT) 2017 in Bad Honnef, March 7th, 2017 and entitled the Germany Physic-Champion 2017. Furthermore, Raymond Mason has qualified for the physic workshop in Ulm for selection of the Germany National Team which will take part in the International Young Physicists Tournament (IYPT) 2017 in Singapore.

Both GYPT and IYPT are physics competitions targeted for high school students and aim for training the young people in physics. Particularly, these projects emphasises on teaching young people how to conduct scientific research (how to do experiments, to present their result and to share and defend their scientific findings). The GYPT runs 3 levels in Germany (regional, national and final). Any student can take part in the regional level. In January all the participants will compete in 15 GYPT regional centres on the regional level, and the winner in each regional centre is qualified for the national competition held in Bad Honnef in March. The 3 winner teams in national level will further compete in the final for the title of German Physic-Champion.

Each year IYPT provides about 17 physic tasks, from which a participant has to choose one task to do research. For his research he has to study the task, find the relevant theory, do the experiments, write his research results in a presentation (e.g. Lex, or PPT). On the competition, he has to do two matches: for one match, he is the presenter, where he presents his research result and answers questions of the opponent teams and Jury. For the other match, he is the opponent and has to raise critical questions to another presenter for his research work.

GYPT is organized by German Physik Gesellschaft (GPG). German National Teams has taken part in IYPT for more than 20 years. The tasks provided by IYPT are very interesting physic problems, from studying them, the students gain valuable experiences both in doing experiments and in the presenting their work, which provides direct skills for them needed in the university life.

"Yes it is a lot of work, but I have really learnt so much, particularly, I learnt how to make a research concept and how to find out facts through experiments. That was fun to discuss physics with others too" by Raymond Mason S6EN

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