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Leiden Hosts Junior Physics Olympiad Final

This year, the Junior Physics Olympiad final takes place on September 29 at Leiden University. Thirty-one high school students have made it into the national final.

1,540 participants
In February of this year, 1,540 third year high school students started the first round of the Junior Physics Olympiad. Over one hundred bright young minds managed to reach the regional finals. At six different locations in The Netherlands, they performed a practical experiment and answered closed question on a test. The 31 student with the best score eventually qualified for a spot in the national final at the Leiden Institute of Physics.

Finals day
On the day of the final, the now fourth year students are offered a rich programme with alternately lectures, tests and lab tours. The morning starts off with a test with open questions, followed by a lecture from experimental physics Professor Martin van Hecke on his flexible cubus. After a tour through the Kamerlingh Onnes lab and a hearty lunch, the participants wrap their heads around a number of multiple-choice questions in the final exam. Theoretical physicist Professor Carlo Beenakker closes off the day with a lecture on ‘Weird effects of quantum’ and the prize ceremony.

Second time
The Freudenthal Institute and the Delta Institute for Theoretical Physics organize the Junior Physics Olympiad for the second time. Last year, the first prize went to Samuel Klumpers from the Stedelijk Gymnasium in Utrecht.

Movies
Three examples of practical experiments from the regional finales can be found here:
Movie 1
Movie 2
Movie 3

Publ. 27-09-2016 14:16
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