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We work to encourage the study of Physics and recognise excellence in young physicists through four annual Physics competitions.
We made it to the Royal Astronomical Society’s News as well: https://www.ras.org.uk/news-and-press/2696-uk-team-win-2-silver-medals-in-astronomy-olympiad
UK team won 2 Silver Medals at our first participation in the International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (http://ioaa2015.org). The Olympiad is an annual international competition for secondary school pupils from around the world, in the fields of Astronomy and Astrophysics. This year was the 9th edition and it was organised in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia between 26 July and 4 August, with 210 students competing from 41 countries. The UK team led by Sandor Kruk (Merton College, Oxford Astrophysics) and Charles Barclay (Marlborough College) entered the competition for the first time and achieved outstanding results through William McCorkindale (Silver Medal), Bob Cliffe (Silver Medal) and Rizwaan Mohammed. Their performance placed UK 9th in the medal table, out of 41 countries, after three tough rounds: Observations, Theory and Data Analysis. The top three countries were India, Iran and Indonesia. It was a truly impressive event that took Astronomy beyond the boundaries of humanity and culture, with the opening and closing ceremonies held at the majestic temples of Borobudur and Prambanan.
IPhO 2015: The BPhO team achieved Two silver and Three bronze medals in the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO). Well done team! Read more about their trip here.
British Olympiad in Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition
The BPhO is also planning to set up a new competition, the British Olympiad in Astronomy and Astrophysics. As with the BPhO, it will comprise of a series of competition papers and select a team to participate in the International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA). A trial paper has been written for this new competition and can be found here with an Introduction Letter. Email Bpho@physics.ox.ac.uk for solutions and further details.
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Competition dates for 2015-16
Experimental Project From Fri 1st June 2015
A2 Challenge From Fri 14th September 2015
British Astronomy & Astrophysics A2 From Fri 14th September 2015
BPhO Round 1 Fri 13th November 2015
British Astronomy & Astrophysics Mon 20th January 2016
BPhO Round 2 Mon 25th January 2016
Physics Challenge Fri 4th March 2016
AS Challenge Fri 11th March 2016
Register at least one week before the competition dates.
IsaacPhysics.org is a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) to develop problem solving skills. It has levels 1 – 6 which will provide sixth formers with challenges that will suit every student who wishes to show initiative and get ahead. Teachers will also find the materials can be used to engage their students and details of courses are provided for CPD. Have a look. If you want to move ahead then IsaacPhysics.org is it.
Two free entries: This year we are able to offer two free entries for all non-fee paying schools, due to sponsorship from a private donor, which has been allocated to BPhO to widen participation. Order your free papers through the online store.
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