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Key Dates for NZYPT Regional tournaments

These are held in   Auckland / Christchurch / Wellington on Saturday 7th March 2020.

The National final of NZYPT – (for the top 9 teams from the regional tournaments) held in Auckland.

This is to be held on Saturday 21st  March 2020. Directly after the event the students selected for the New Zealand squad for IYPT are notified and given a further problem to investigate.

The three regional tournaments and the National event are a celebration of Physics. Both take the whole day from about 8.30 am until 5.30 pm.

Selection of the New Zealand IYPT team – Saturday 4th April 2020

The New Zealand squad members give individual presentations to a panel of judges. The selection of the final team of five students to represent New Zealand in IYPT 2020 takes place.

How to enter a team in NZYPT 2020

  1. Each school team consists of 3 students and a teacher/scientist to help with the judging on the day of the regional tournament.
  2. Use the online form to enter up to a maximum of two teams from your school. This form indicates your school is likely to enter teams in NZYPT 2020.

The names of the students in each team does not have to be finalised until Friday 21st February 2020 (but the sooner you can do it the better).

  1. There is an Earlybird payment discount that applies to all teams who pay for their entry before December 7th 2019. This reduced Earlybird fee is $105 per team.

The normal entry fee is $180 per team and this sum must be paid before Friday 14th  February 2020.

  1. An invoice will be sent to your school when you register interest for NZYPT in 2020 using the Google docs entry form. The invoice has full details of how to make payments to NZYPT for both the Earlybird and regular payment options.
  2. Arrange for payment of the correct entry fee.

What do teams need to do?

Start your research into the seven problems for 2020 as soon as you can and work on them through the summer “holidays”. Keep an eye open for apparatus you or the other members of your teams may need.

The seven NZYPT problems were selected so that the apparatus required is not very specialised and most of the problems can be investigated at home.

All students doing NCEA Physics should ask their teachers if the NZYPT research they undertake can be submitted for NCEA Physics 2.1 / 3.1 assessment in 2020. Most NZYPT reports seen at the regional and national tournaments would qualify for 4 credits at “Excellence” level.

More information on the rolls teams will play in the competition can be found here.

Don’t panic

Most teams entering NZYPT do not have complete solutions to all seven problems when they take part in the tournaments. Teams usually aim to gain solutions to five problems and have a little knowledge of the other two. Remember the problems often have conflicting research solutions on the www so your research findings could be unique. As with all collaborative research, that takes place between scientists around the world, you can seek advice and assistance from anyone – not just your teachers and your team.

The problems are open ended. Be assured none of the teams knows exactly what the “answers” are. They will have done different research to you and have different data to analyse. Team solutions are rarely “complete” since there is always more research and more variables that could have been tested.

It is amazing what you can accomplish in the last week before the tournament. Think about the experimental evidence you have and need. What is the Physics that explains and can model the evidence you have collected. The PowerPoint is NOT the part of the tournament that gets you the most marks. Do not spend too much time on trying to perfect this part of your overall research.