Olivos Secondary – October 2020
Since I was little I have been passionate about physics, particularly astronomy. I knew from a young age that that was what I wanted to dedicate myself to when I was older. Now I am beginning the live this “older”, and I am still trying to achieve those goals I set myself when I was 10.
The Argentina Physics Olympics gave me an opportunity to develop my Physics level even higher, it allowed me to enter science in a way I had never before been able to. When I was made aware of this competition, I immediately wanted to join. I proposed it to my Physics teacher, who accompanied me through the process like no one else and who helped me reach up to second place in a national competition through our preparation.
Two of the challenges in Nationals were about astrophysics, and that gave me the chance to explore a side of science I had never yet investigated: the more mathematical side, a resolution of problems that are more practical rather than so theoretical.
The training process taught me about collaborative work within Science, since my teacher and I discussed constantly about a variety of problems that we would resolve to prepare for the competition.
Participating in the competition required perseverance and patience, since the topics from the exams covered a lot that I had never seen before. It is because of this that I never expected myself to finish in the Nationals, and even less in second place. My goal was never to win, but instead to participate in a competition about something I love, have fun, and learn more about the field. In the end, finishing second place in like icing on the cake.
Sol Saubidet, Physics IB-DP student
I heard about the National Physics Olympics for the first time this year when Sol proposed she participate in them. To my ears, “Physics Olympics” sounds interesting, fun, and challenging. Why say no? With Elizabeth and Andrés’ support, we immediately embarked on the adventure.
Not only was their the challenge of preparing for the Olympics, but there was also the added issue of this year’s virtuality. We began to meet via Zoom with Vicky, Gonza or Santi, and during the meetings we would study various areas of physics, passing through electric fields, thermodynamic, and mechanics. It was truly very fun and enriching to resolve all those problems with Sol, combining knowledge with ingenuity to see what the best strategy was.
And that was how, after passing many prep exams and local exams, we received the news that Sol had moved on to the finals! To our surprise, finals week was very intense: for the students, with experiments and calculations, and for the teachers, with Zooms and Meets to correct the exams. A week of pure physics, filled with activities that brought us closer to students and teachers from all over the country with whom we shared our biggest passions: the knowledge of a natural world and the challenge of putting it to the test. Black holes, relativity, and particle physics are a few of the topics that appeared at the finals:a true challenge!
Finally, in the closing ceremony, Sol received second place! I cannot express with words the joy and pride I felt at that moment. Even though a prize was not our goal when we embarked, it definitely motivated us to aim for higher: perhaps the 2021 International Physics Olympics?
Cecilia Slamovits, Physics teacher
What more than to satisfy the curiosity and passion for experimental science? If that happens in our students, it means we are on the right path. A pleasure to contribute to scientific inquiries – it’s our duty.
Elizabeth D. Klatt, teacher and Head of Science