Girls’ schools across Australia are invited to attend the Junior Young Physicists’ Tournament (JYPT) at Brisbane Girls Grammar School from 30 September to 3 October 2021.
JYPT is an established international competition designed to give students a rare, fun and authentic opportunity to work as research scientists.
While research from the Office of the Chief Scientist indicates that in the next decade, 75 per cent of jobs in the fastest growing industries will require competencies in science, technology, engineering and maths, only 16 per cent of Australia’s current STEM workforce are women.
Opportunities such as JYPT allow students to practise scientific skills, such as rational enquiry or critical interpretation of data, that will empower them in a range of careers and fields after graduation.
Teams for JYPT comprise four or five students and a team leader (usually a teacher). Students must not be in their last two years of schooling.
JYPT requires each team to investigate a set of five physics phenomena through research and experimentation. Mirroring the real-life science community, the teams present their findings to peers who then provide a critique, before participants take part in a discussion to delve more deeply into the physics presented.
Scientific research is a search for knowledge and understanding before organising and condensing that knowledge into testable laws and theories. The success and credibility of science are anchored in scientists’ willingness to work in a climate of uncertainty, collaborate with others, and subject their work to critical review.
For further information, or to express your interest in attending JYPT 2021 at Brisbane Girls Grammar School from 30 September to 3 October 2021, please contact Carmen Keating, Science Teacher, via email ([email protected]) or phone (07 3332 1300).
New schools are always welcome, and support is available, including videos of prior competitions, example PowerPoint presentations and mentoring.
For more information about the Junior Young Physicists’ Tournament, please visit juniorphysicsfight.com