NZYPT 2011 final summary
The New Zealand Young Physicists Tournament this year had a slightly smaller entry than last year in terms of the number of schools and teams across the country as a whole. That said the Auckland region entry was as strong as ever. The winning teams from the three regional tournaments in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, with the 2nd, 3rd and 4th placed teams from the Auckland region proceeded to the National Final at Auckland Grammar School in Auckland on 14th May 2011.
The NZYPT tournament in 2011 was severely disrupted by the earthquake in Christchurch. The original date for the regional tournaments was postponed and the final of the event had to be postponed and moved from Christchurch to Auckland. This allowed the regional tournaments to take place and gave time to all of the teams to prepare for the competition.
The six top teams from the regional tournaments were two teams from Auckland Grammar School along with teams from Kings College, St Cuthbert’s College, Lincoln High School and Onslow College.
Mr Gavin Jennings, NZYPT Chairman, welcomed the teams to the final. The event was formally opened by Mr John Morris, headmaster of Auckland Grammar School. Mr Morris welcomed the teams and spoke to them about the academic excellence encouraged by competitions of this type before, in the spirit of true competition, wishing the teams well for their “Physics fights” throughout the day.
NZYPT organisers wish to thank the lecturers from the University of Auckland’s Physics and Engineering departments along with specialist physics teachers who gave up their time to attend. They had the responsibility of judging the teams as they fought for supremacy as the top NZYPT school for 2011.
All of the school teams were well prepared and the fights showed the depth of study they had undertaken. The NZYPT competition ensures students research theoretically and practically the problems in the competition as well as develop the art of précis and on the spot debate. The day ran smoothly and there was little between the scores of the teams at the half way stage.
In the second round the teams were able to elect the problem they reported. The standard of the reports presented in the competition this year was higher than ever. The understanding of physical concepts and the debating skills of the students at each stage impressed all of the judges.
At the end of the competition scores were totalled and Lincoln High were announced as worthy winners. Auckland Grammar(2) was in 2nd , St Cuthbert’s College in 3rd, Onslow College in 4th and Auckland Grammar(1) in 5th with Kings College in 6th place.
The Lincoln High team were presented with the national NZYPT trophy, winners medals and ipod touches. Medals and ipod nanos were presented to the Auckland Grammar team in second place and medals and ipod shuffles for the St Cuthbert’s College team in third place.
NZYPT would like to thank the sponsors of the event for enabling the competition to take place. In addition the sponsorship allows for financial support of the team travel expenses, the medals and prizes.
The difficulties faced this year with our New Zealand tournament due to the earthquake in Christchurch along with the safety concerns with the venue for the International Young Physicists’ Tournament 2011 in Iran meant that the decision was taken to not compete in IYPT 2011. This is regretful since the quality of all of the students taking part in the finals this year would have enabled them to shine on the world stage. That said the safety of the students is our paramount concern.
Schools who have not taken part in NZYPT should be motivated by the success of Lincoln High. It was good to see a team, new to the competition, rise to the challenge of the problems and win.
Winning team from Lincoln High