Israel takes 8th place at Asian Physics Olympiad in China

May 13, 2015 17:14

The Israeli delegation was ranked eighth overall, out of 23 competing national delegations.

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Asian Physics Olympiad

The Israeli delegation that participated in the 16th Asian Physics Olympiad in Hangzhou, China. (photo credit: DR. ELI RAZ)

Two silver medals and four bronze medals were brought home by Israeli high school students who attended the 16th Asian Physics Olympiad that ended Monday evening in Hangzhou, China.

The Israeli delegation was ranked eighth overall, out of 23 competing national delegations.

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Eight high school students from across the country made up the delegation, along with head of the delegation, Dr. Eli Raz, head of the department of physics and optical engineering at ORT Braude College in Karmiel and physics lecturer at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

"The office sees great importance in encouraging excellence and nurturing our human capital," said Dr. Ofer Rimon, head of the Education Ministry's science and technology administration. "The members of the science Olympiad delegation are role models for other students and their success is a great contribution to the state of Israel and to the entire education system."

Dr. Raz spoke about the demanding nature of the tournament and added that "the tournament is not the goal, rather a means to connect between youth and the richness of physics and will create a reserve that will lead Israel's future in the field of science."

This tournament is the precursor to the International Physics Olympiad, which will take place in Mumbai, India in July.

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