Physics Olympics 2021

  • 30 Oct 2020 8:15 AM
    Message # 9335443

    Hi All, NJAAPT is considering holding this year's Physics Olympics as a virtual event.  Our plan is contingent on two concerns.   Having no experience planning a virtual event, we will need your help organizing and running this event.  What events could we run? How would we conduct  these events virtually? How would we score?  How would we generate participation from views that are not directly involved in an event?  How would we maintain fairness when judging these events virtually.  Especially, how would we conduct the Fermi Question event?  Many concerns to consider and plan for. Please consider assisting; we will not be able to conduct the Olympics without your help.

    Second, will you be able to plan for the event on your end: putting together a team, holding meetings in person or virtually.  Would your students participate virtually as spectators?  Will your school administration allow participation in this event? Additionally, will you have the time to commit to assisting with this year's event?

    We don't need to hold the event on our usual day in January.  Therefore, we could plan to hold the event later in the school year.  What date would work best for you?

    Please email me your suggestions and comments.

    All good wishes,

    John Valente

    NJAAPT Board Member

  • 30 Nov 2020 1:54 PM
    Reply # 9395114 on 9335443

    I have about 20 students who would like to participate virtually.  I could make myself available to chaperone them and make sure they were not cheating, using the internet etc.  I saw you were throwing around the idea of doing Fermi in January.  My students have been practicing and hoping this happens.  We have been holding meetings on Google Meet and breaking into small groups in breakout rooms. I would assume that could work on a larger scale for a Fermi event, with each team submitting answers within 30 minutes on a Google Doc.  

    For the events where they build, I think it would be possible to have all things delivered or gathered at the school to be measured/tested by me on a given day, or we could pick events where a clear photo of a ruler or meter stick is enough to judge.... Egg drop where height of container is score, etc. 

    Thanks John. Let me know what you decide. 

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