Lithuanian team wins 4 bronze medals at IPhO 2021
South Korean student Kim Kyungmin performed best in the Physics Olympiad, scoring top points in all tasks. Students from Russia, China, Singapore, USA, France, Romania, Hungary also won gold medals. Lithuanian students Emilis Strazdas (teacher Stasė Traigienė) and tenth grader Tomas Babelis (teachers Remigijus Jakutis, Stasė Traigienė) from Vilnius Jesuit Gymnasium, Monika Šadauskaitė from KTU Gymnasium (teacher Alvydas Jotautis), Justas Kaminskas from Gabijos gymnasium in Mažeikiai (teacher Genovaitė Meinorienė) won bronze medals. Read the full story with translation programs.
Physics Today: IPhO2021 goes virtual
As in previous years, students attending the 51st International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) participated in cultural events from the host country. This year’s participants learned traditional Lithuanian dancing, watched a historical drama about Lithuania’s fight for freedom from the Soviet Union, and were taught how to make “pink soup,” a dish made of beets and kefir. Unlike other years, however, students did all those activities online. After the 2020 IPhO was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizers adapted this year’s event to a virtual setting. The competition was hosted remotely from Vilnius, Lithuania, from 17–24 July. The 366 student participants hailed from 76 countries. Kyungmin Kim of South Korea had the best overall score on the physics tests. He also had the best exp
Scientist career: challenges and needs in technology era
A discussion between physics teacher Rigonda Skorulskienė and physicist Ignas Gaižiūnas goes on the future of natural sciences in Lithuania and education needs in this area. Is scientist career attractive for students? What are other options after studies? Why are women less noticeable in the laboratory than men? Discussion is available in Lithuanian.
Local media: most talented students meet online for IPhO 2021 in Vilnius
The International Physics Olympiad (IphO2021) starts in Vilnius and will continue throughout the week. Nearly 400 students from 76 countries participate at the event for which preparations lasted around four years. During the Olympiad, young physicists from all over the world will solve theoretical and experimental tasks created by Lithuanian scientists. This event is an important one for Lithuania, where education system experiences a declining number of young people studying natural sciences. To read the full story you would need a translation program.
Dr. A. Alkauskas: “Physics has a romatic side and it stimulates imagination“
“It is important that romantic part of Physics should be present as well if you want to be interesting for students. Physics got me thanks to Astronomy and Mathematics. That was the starting point that led me to my current place. I guess we all agree that astronomy (Math, by the way, too!) stimulates the imagination. In these times of technology which is so relevant to young people, there is much less of imagination. Everything is “digested“ for you. In science, I think, both sides are important: the romantic and the technological one,“- says Audrius Alkauskas, a Professor at Kaunas University of Technology. Use translation programs to read the full story.
Join IPhO online lecture
July 18th. Lecture of Nobel Prize winner prof. Didier Queloz Mr. Queloz was born in Switzerland and studied at the University of Geneva. His supervisor was Michel Mayor, and their work led to the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star for which they were awarded the Nobel Prize in 2019. Queloz is a professor at the University of Geneva since 2008, and at the University of Cambridge since 2012. The lecture will be followed by discussion. All student teams will get an email with a link to Zoom platform for the event.