Argentinian students compete in the International Physics Tournament—virtually
The Argentinian safe-cracking team
The Argentinian team competing in the International Physics Tournament organized by the Davidson Institute of Science Education received the most votes from the public from among the 15 teams, and a team from Slovenia won first place as determined by the panel of judges.
The international competition took place on March 24 virtually rather than as originally scheduled on the Weizmann Institute campus. Last December, the team from the Technical School of the University of Buenos Aires won the National Physics Challenge organized for the first time by Argentinian Friends of the Weizmann Institute.
With the spread of Covid-19, the tournament went virtual, and each team presented its project by video. Amidst the preparations, social isolation measures added more operational complexity to the team from Villa Lugano, Argentina. Nevertheless, they successfully completed the challenge.
“This project is testimony that we can dream about the future of our country, and our youth who are passionate about science are capable of developing innovative creations. Throughout history, many great discoveries did not arise in times of comfort. Indeed, it was adversity that drove search and turned it into opportunity. This team of students from the Technical School of the University of Buenos Aires realized that. In the complex context of quarantine, they did not give up and we are proud of them,” said Hugo Sigman, President of Argentinian Friends of the Weizmann Institute of Science.
View the Argentinian team’s project here.
View the Slovenian team’s project here.
Read the Argentinian newspaper Clarin’s story on the tournament.