More than five hundred high school students, from public and private institutions, participated in the first round test, which will be used to select regional representatives for the national Physics Olympics competition to be held in September.
The XX Metropolitan Regional Physics Olympics, which is organized by Universidad Andrés Bello, the Chilean Society of Physics, the Universidad de Chile and Universidad de Santiago aims to promote the study of physics for those students interested in science.
The first round test is used to identify select students who will advance to the Regional Olympics, to be held on September 28. The Regional Olympics will include both theoretical and practical tests.
The call attracted many first-time competitors, like the students from Maipú Valley High School, who learned about the Physics Olympics and directly managed their own participation. Fernando Gomez, a senior from the school found that the test "was well-rounded and required both calculations and reasoning."
Some students were competing for the second time, like Isidora Palma, a senior at Redland High School of Las Condes. "You are always comparing yourself to students from your school, when you go outside that boundary and see others with more skills and capabilities it really motivates you to study more," she said of the experience.
This article was originally written in Spanish and has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.