January 6, 2008

 

POISK Centre greets nine teams from various Russian regions at the Local Young Physicists’ Tournament held in Akademicheskaya Gimnaziya on January 4—6, 2008.

Organization and structure of the Tournament

The Local Young Physicists’ Tournament is held in early January annually since 2001. Its participants come from various Russian regions and included, in recent years, the teams of Inta (Komi Republic), Glazov (Udmurtia), Leningradskaya Oblast based Intellekt Center, Pushkin (Saint Petersburg Region), physico-mathematical schools of Saint Petersburg, such as Lyceum 239 and Akademicheskaya Gimnaziya, Severodvinsk (Northern Russia), Nalchik (Caucasus), Stavropol (Southern Russia).

The problems are the same as the problems of the International Young Physicists’ Tournament of the respective year.

The invitations are openly published in Russian language in advance, and are intentionally distributed to many destinations nationwide.

The Local Young Physicists’ Tournament has an openly claimed status of a training and educational competition. Its key value is in revealing and motivating most active and talented students that would like to continue preparation and to be involved into ongoing research.

The event focuses on approaching a scientific conference, rather than a strict competition. It targets to support students in their research initiatives and to help them to keep their interest in physics for the longest time.

The organization and the regulations, however, are in strict compliance with the Regulations of IYPT. «Our current efforts to immediately process all the points and prepare ranking tables, also to compute all rankings for every individual participant were highly ranked by jurors and participants», confirmed Andrei Uskov, who was responsible for data processing.

Participants of 2008

Image credit: Google Earth, 2008

A distinctive feature of the competition, according to the Organizers, is that it attracts the participants from various Russian regions and their geographical distribution is wide and uniform. The most distant participants came from Inta, Salekhard and Glazov, located to the North and North-East of the European Russia. These teams, trained by YPT-enthusiasticteachers, have been the participants of similar Local YPTs throughout recent years.

«I am sure that the number of participating teams, 9, is still a start point in the development of our competition. We are quite familiar withtwo-digit numbers :-)», said at the opening ceremony Dr. Alexander Kurdyumov, head of the Saint Petersburg Organizing Committee of the Russian Physics Olympiad.

One of the teams, introduced as ‘AkadmicheskayaGimnaziya-1’ with a tribute to an advanced school that now harbors it, included various students that have been affiliated with POISK Centre’s training programs for over a year. In order not to place them in a direct competition with younger and less experienced participants, the team fought at the Physics Fights on a common basis, but was not eligible to join the Finals and was not considered neither as a winner nor as a contestant.

This decision, made in accordance to international practice, was intended to allow less experienced students to fully appreciate the experience of a Young Physicists’ Tournament and to fully realize their skills and potential. Russian is currently used as the working language due to the same reasons.

The jurors, in turn, have focused on revealing most motivated and successful of these students, in order to involve them to the selection and preparation to further National and International competitions.

Work preceding the Tournament

The Tournament has been preceded by several training conferences and physics schools, correspondence with participants and mutual discussions of ongoing projects. The most considerable of such training meetings were held on October 27 and December 22, 2007 with most successful teams opposing each other in PFs and other participants joining discussions as attendees.

There were, however, many smaller events, such as Dr. Evgeny Denisov’s physics school for Salekhard students in late December 2007.

Laboratory sessions, discussion meetings and correspondence are widely promoted by POISK Centre, when everyone is invited to its regular seminars and conferences. The most motivated participants receive direct support in preparation all year long.

«I hope that in 2008 the teams will impress me with their creative explorations as they did before. I remember myself finding the teams engaged into the scientific discussions before PFs, after PFs and in the breaks between the PFs», said Dr. Robert Kolalis, the Jury Chair and the Honorary Head of the POISK Centre just before the opening ceremony.

Specifics of the Tournament

Jurors at the Selective Rounds (in alphabetical order)

Total ranking of all teams after the Round 1 (January 5, 2008; morning)

 

Team

Results after Round 1

Total Results

Pushkin-1 46.88  46.88
AG-1 46.62  46.62
Glazov 43.75 43.75
Lyceum 239 41.50  41.50
Pushkin-2 39.62 39.62
AG-2 38.38 38.38
Inta 35.62 35.62
Salekhard 31.00  31.00
Intellekt, Len. Obl. 29.62 29.62

Total ranking of all teams after the Round 2 (January 5, 2008; evening)

 

Team

Results after Round 1

Results after Round 2

Total Results

AG-1 46.62 50.50  97.12
Pushkin-1 46.88  42.62  89.50
Glazov 43.75 42.88  86.63
Lyceum 239 41.50  45.12  86.62
AG-2 38.38 42.62  81.00
Pushkin-2 39.62 39.38  79.00
Inta 35.62 39.62  75.24
Intellekt, Len. Obl. 29.62 35.50  65.12
Salekhard 31.00  28.12  59.12

Total ranking of all teams after the Round 3 (January 6, 2008; morning)

 

Team

Results after Round 1

Results after Round 2

Results after Round 3

Total Results

AG-1 46.62 50.50  41.88  139.00
Lyceum 239 41.50 45.12  45.12  131.74
Glazov 43.75 42.88  44.88  131.51
Pushkin-1 46.88  42.62  41.88  131.38
AG-2 38.38 42.62  44.12  125.12
Pushkin-2 39.62 39.38  42.00  121.00
Inta 35.62 39.62  39.50  114.74
Intellekt, Len. Obl. 29.62 35.50  38.38  103.50
Salekhard 31.00  28.12  41.50  100.62

Jurors at the Finals (in the order in which they were seated)

Results after the Finals (January 6, 2008; evening)

Team of Glazov (Udmuria) in the Finals on January 6, 2008

Team of Pushkin-1 in the Finals on January 6, 2008

Team of Physico-Mathematical Lyceum 239 (Saint Petersburg) in the Finals on January 6, 2008

 

Team

Reporter

Opponent

Reviewer

Total Results

Glazov 25.17  14.00  7.11  46.28
Pushkin-1 22.83  14.56  7.50  44.89
Lyceum 239 21.00  14.78 7.50  43.28

According to the results of the Final Physics Fight, the team of Glazov is the gold winner of the Tournament, while the team of Pushkin and the team of Lyceum 239 are silver winners. Teams of AG-2 andPushkin-2 were awarded with Third Position diplomas.

Alexei Schekochikhin, who represented theout-of-competition teamAG-1, was awarded as the best participant of the Selective Rounds, after gaining 8.88 points for his average report and 8.38 points for his average opposition.

Winners of the competition were awarded with the diplomas and memorable souvenirs.

Opinions

«We have been participants of the Local Young Physicists’ Tournament for 4 years and we have always been very purposeful in preparation. Our Glazov Lyceum is rather distant participant and many aspects of preparation would be obscure for us if stay on our own and don’t receive a continuous and very positive support from our colleagues in Saint Petersburg. When we work on the problems and prepare reports and presentations, there are great many aspects details that we would never know if we would not retain a very positive cooperation with the LYPT. That is why we praise the good will of jurors who have been always helping us with their advices and feedback. Due to such advices, we have introduced a laboratory practicum to our curriculum, which have proven to be a very correct decision. We also thank Yury Vladimirovich Ivanov and Vladimir Alekseyevich Saranin who have much advised us», said Olga Bogdanova, the Glazov team leader.

«Well, I may say that we made terminal improvements to our report last night. We are very happy with our victory, especially because our competitors were the strongest and the competition was organized at an excellent level», said Alexei Pozdeyev, the gold-winning reporter in the Finals.

«We greatly appreciate such a competition as YPT is. We are life-long participants of Physics Olympiad and we think that YPT is much more interesting, because the problems are not so formalized and the grades are not so polarized», said Alexander Permagorov and Kuzma Mamatov, newer participants of Lyceum 239, silver winner at the Finals.

Further work

The Local Young Physicists’ Tournament is one of the events that help POISK Centre to select and nominate one or several combined teams that would include most active and ambitious students having a keen interest in physics and capable of defending their research projects at prestigious international competitions.

«We are sure that such activities are on a right track. The number of students who join the preparation and have a chance of direct communication with their peers and with the research community at Universities is steadily growing. It is very important that the activities of this type have a very powerful educational value and are welcomed by scientific communities in many countries worldwide», noted Ilya Martchenko, POISK Centre secretary-general and juror at the Local YPT.

Following the successful experience of recent years and common international practice, many forthcoming 2008 POISK Centre’s meetings and preparatory seminars are planned to be held in English language.

«If both academia, researchers, university students and secondary school students may spend a few days together and share their interests and knowledge in open friendly discussions, than our goals are almost achieved. But we remember that the research-oriented competitions are still competitions. That is why we and our students should do our best in promotion of theYPT-orientedevents in Russia and in preparation to future competitions», confirmed Dr. Elena Lebedeva, POISK Centre president.