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UBC 39th Physics Olympics

I am very happy to report that 39th UBC Physics Olympics was a huge success. We had a record number of teams (69!) from all over BC (more than 500 British Columbia students came to participate!) and more than 60 amazing volunteers – faculty, students and staff from the Faculty of Science (Department of Physics and Astronomy) and from the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy (Gerald Tembrevilla came to volunteer with me). The rule book for the Olympics can be found on our web site. As always, the mystery labs, Quizzics, Fermi question challenge and pre-builts were very successful. This time around the prebuilt that dealt with designing a plane was a huge success. Students came up with very creative solutions. The coin-sorter challenge was also very interesting.

We also had a special event for physics teachers where we discussed how the new BC science curriculum is being implemented. I am very happy that the tradition of this hands-on large scale event continues. Next year we will celebrate its 40th anniversary.

And the winner of the Physics Olympics was the team from West Vancouver Secondary School – congratulations to them and to all the students and teachers who came to participate.

To see the photos click here.

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