The job as a reporter in the competition
Your job is to write a PowerPoint presentation which you speak to for a maximum time of 12 minutes, including demonstrations / videos / simulations, which :
- a) explains what the problem was
- b) says what you did to investigate the problem and get precise and reliable data
- c) describes difficulties you encountered and how you overcame them
- d) describes, using the physics you know and have found about in your research, how the problem can be explained
- e) gives recognition to those who helped you, both people and sources of information.
- f) In addition to the presentation you need to correctly answer questions that arise from your report that are put to you by the other teams and the judges.
The job as an opponent in the competition
Your job as an opponent is to assist the judges in their decisions, as to how well the reporter understands and explains the problem, by:
- a) asking for clarification of points they may have missed out
- b) giving credit to the reporter for things they have done well (experimentally and theoretically)
- c) making sure the solution offered by the reporter considers all of the relevant variables
- d) pointing out any errors in the report and giving the reporter the opportunity to correct their assertions (or dispute your claims)
- e) discussing the report presented to you by the reporter and NOT bringing in your research findings as if was the answer.
- f) In addition you need to be able to correctly answer questions that arise from the report by the judges.
The job as a reviewer in the competition (occurs in the National final only)
Your job as a reviewer is to assist the judges in their decisions by:
- a) giving a balanced evaluation of the problem as presented by the reporter
- b) giving a balanced evaluation of the relevance and quality of the points raised by the opponent
- c) making sure you state whether you agree with the Physics proposed by the reporter and the opponent as it relates to the problem.
- d) In addition you need to be able to correctly answer questions that arise that are put to you by the judges.