IYPT Team Find Further Success at the Wellington Science Fair

Wellington Science Fair 2015

Congratulations to the NZ IYPT members Shakked Noy (WHS A team captain, National Silver medallist 2015), Callum Davidson (JYPT silver medallist 2014), Jack Tregidga (NZ team captain 2015) and Catherine Pot (NZ team 2015) at the prizegiving of the Wellington Science Fair 2016. Shakked was highly commended, and won VUW School of Chemical and Physical Sciences prize. Callum won prizes from OPUS International Consultants and IPENZ; Jack won VUW Faculty of Science Prize Innovation Prize, First in category 5-$200 (the category for Years 11-13) and the University of Otago prize; Catherine won VUW School of Chemical and Physical Sciences prize and 4th in category 5 – $50.

Tess Breitenmoser (NZ team 2015) was unable to attend prizegiving. She was 3rd in her class ($100 prize) and also won a special prize from Kainic Medical Communications ($100 for the best PowerPoint (© Microsoft) presentation from Class 4 or Class 5. $150 will also be awarded to the winner’s school to help fund the purchase of science equipment.)

The University of Otago offer an all expenses paid trip to the 2016 Hands-on at Otago summer school for the entry displaying the best application of the scientific method. The winner will also receive a Canon compact camera.

Victoria University of Wellington School of Chemical and Physical Sciences offer a prize of $100 to the best exhibit that explains a principle in either physics or chemistry and demonstrates an application of this principle through a particular technology.

Opus International Consultants Ltd offers Junior Prizes totalling $100 in book vouchers, and Senior Prizes totalling $250 in book vouchers, to those projects which best illustrate the use of science and engineering to improve the lives of people. Where possible the prizes may include a visit to an active Opus engineering project.

Victoria University Science and Technology Fair Innovation Prize: $4,000 towards fees in the first year of a VUW undergraduate science or engineering degree.

The Wellington Branch of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand offers two prizes of $500 each, awarded for presentations of an innovative illustration of an engineering principle.

Thailand – IYPT 2015

Congratulations to the members of the 2015 New Zealand IYPT team: Jack Tregidga (Wellington High School), Tess Breitenmoser (Wellington High School), Matthew Randle (Onslow College), Catherine Pot (Onslow College) and Nicholas Lam (Riccarton High School) who gained 10th in the world competition in Thailand, receiving a bronze medal.
NZ team
The team can certainly be proud of their accomplishments and once again the international teams know Physics is alive and well in New Zealand.

A Special thanks to Gavin Jennings, Kent Hogan, Kerry Parker and Sue Napier for their help with mentoring and preparing the team.

In addition all of the technical help and financial sponsorship that we could not do without if we are to properly prepare the team to take on the world.

2015 Regional Competition Results

Congratulations to all of the participants in the 2015 Regional Competition. The results from each region are below:

Auckland Regional Results:

1st Kings College 113.8
2nd ACG Parnell College-1 104.8
3rd Auckland Grammar-2 98.9
4th ACG Parnell College-2 98.5
5th Auckland Grammar-1 98.0
6th Lynfield-2 93.8
7th Westlake Boys-2 91.6
8th Westlake Boys-1 91.1
9th St Cuthberts-1 87.3
10th St Peter’s Camnridge 83.0
11th Baradene 82.5
12th St Cuthberts-2 82.1
13th St Peter’s Auckland 77.1
14th Lynfield-1 76.8
15th Takapuna Grammar 76.4
16th Macleans 75.5
17th Waiuku-2 74.5
18th Auckland International College-2 73.4
19th Waiuku-1 66.6

Wellington Regional Results:

1st Wellington High School A 111.5
2nd Onslow College 107.3
3rd Wellington High School B 85.7
4th Rongotai College 81.6
5th Scots College 77.6
6th Wellington Girls’ College 74.5
7th Nelson Girls’ 72.3
8th Kapiti College 57.1

Christchurch Regional Results:

1st Riccarton High School 111.6
2nd Christchurch Girls HS 105.9
3rd Christ’s College 98.9
4th Rangi Ruru Girls School 95.2
5th Greymouth High School 90.3
6th Buller High School 81.0
7th Burnside High School 74.3

2015 Auckland Competition Details

With only just over a week to go we are confirming the arrangements for the New Zealand Young Physicists Tournament

Date : Saturday March 7th 2015.

Time: All teams must be on site by 8:30am. The day will finish at approximately 5:45pm

Venue : The University of Auckland – Department of Physics, Building 303 on Princes Street.
Campus Map

More details can be found in the linked document: Teams and Juror Information

IYPT 2014 Shrewsbury

At the world finals for the 2014 International Young Physicists Tournament, the New Zealand team was placed 6th overall so this qualifies the team as Silver medalists!


This is another great performance from the team and I am so proud of their achievements. Other teams travel with university professors and spend a month before the competition in a university with access to high tech equipment. The NZ work is done by the students in their high schools after school hours with the support of their teachers and occasional assistance from lecturers in universities that have supported the competition.

In particular I would like to thank Kent Hogan, Kerry Parker, Sue Napier and Tristan O’Hanlon for their support of the students in their schools. I know from the supervision of the Auckland Grammar students over the years how many hours it takes to facilitate the research required to gain solutions to the challenging IYPT problems. In addition I would like to recognise the help given to the team by Donald White (IYPT 2008) and Maarten Hoogerland along with many others.

The final top 10 placings at the end of the 5th round were :
1 Singapore
2 China
3 Poland
4 Korea
5 Slovakia
6 New Zealand
7 Taiwan
8 Russia
9 Germany
10 Austria

Check out the www.iypt.org.uk site for photos and results http://results.iypt.org/IYPT2014/