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Outstanding Physics performances in IYPT national final

Our Physics students placed third and fourth in the national final of the International Young Physicists Tournament (IYPT) at the University of Canterbury over the weekend.

ACG 1 team, consisting of Ana Bogosanovic, Mark Hutchinson and Lachlan Broadhurst, made it to the grand final of the top three teams in the country, placing third. ACG 2 team – Wendy (Shanwen) Liu, Caleb Probine and Jack Julian – finished fourth. The teams had previously placed first and second out of 15 teams in the Auckland regional competition.

In addition, Ana and Caleb were selected to try out for the national IYPT team for a chance to represent NZ on the world stage in China.

Physics Coordinator Charles Wilkinson, who accompanied the teams to Christchurch, said he was over the moon at the results and thanked Physics teacher Tristan O’Hanlon, currently on sabbatical at the University of Auckland, for his dedication to the competition.

“The success would not have been possible without his huge help and time dedicated to the teams, especially ACG 1, who he coached brilliantly.”

Described as the most elite competition for high school Physics students in the world, the IYPT gives students an opportunity to carry out original research, conduct rigorous experimentation and defend their results under intense debate.

Teams worked for six months on seven complex experimental problems – like constructing a simple seismograph that amplifies a local disturbance by mechanical, optical or electrical methods; and investigating the phenomenon of water bottle flipping and the parameters that result in a successful flip.

ACG Parnell College principal Russell Brooke said he was blown away by the considerable time and effort put in by the students and teachers involved. “We are so proud of our students and I am very appreciative of the time, care and support given by Tristan and Charlie to enable them to achieve so highly.”