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Thinking outside the box

Students from a school in Villa Lugano created a safe and won the First National Physics Challenge. They will travel to the World Cup in Israel.


When we bring abstract concepts into reality, everything makes sense. This was what the students of  Villa Lugano  (Buenos Aires City) experienced who won a  physics challenge  . The prize: a trip to the world tournament in Israel. This group of students from the Technical School of the University of Buenos Aires put together  a safe that no one could open , within the framework of the   First National Challenge of Fí sica   organized by Los Amigos Argentinos of the Weizmann Institute of Sciences.

Creativity and teamwork were key to winning this challenge. The project was to  develop a safe  with mechanisms based on physical principles. Then, each team had to try to break the boxes in the other schools and ensure that they didn't break theirs. The winning guys did it: no one could open it.

The team worked three months on the project, tested different ideas and materials, watched many YouTube tutorials, and consulted with different teachers. In addition to participating in the challenge, the intention was for students to learn to “think outside the box ” and approach the  physics  of a different way than they are used to in the classroom.

The evaluation of the safes was carried out by a jury of recognized scientists. Among them were the PhD in Physics Laura Steren; Diego Arias Regalia, from the Institute of Research in Didactics of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the UBA; Alberto Rojo, PhD in Physics at the Balseiro Institute; and Nahuel Vega, experimental physicist at the Atomic Center.

The trip to Israel

 Winners  will have the opportunity to travel to Israel to participate in the  International Physics Tournament . This has been done for 25 years, and Argentina had two instances of participation.

Publication Date: 30/12/2019

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