US Physics Tournament

I haven’t had much time for cooking in the last two weeks, instead I have been working non stop.  We were lucky enough to win the opportunity to host the US Physics Tournament at our university last weekend.  I worked a total of 54 hours in three days between the set up and actual tournament.  I was one tired girl by Sunday night when we wrapped up the pizza party for all 200 of the event attendees.

The event was a logistical challenge and my entire team rose to the occasion beautifully! Team USciences for the WIN!

Each physics “fight” consisted of two teams of four and a panel of six judges.  We had six fights happening simultaneously, in multiple buildings, for two straight days.  My AV team was able to capture each fight on film and with the technology in the rooms, we were even able to  live stream the finals and award ceremony to the friends and family who weren’t able to attend in person.

We welcomed a total of thirteen teams from around the globe and the event went flawlessly.  The buses showed up on time, the food was plentiful and delicious, and the technology worked, whew! We set up a command center and tabulation room in our training center and with the help of a google document and wifi, we were able to significantly reduce the amount of actual paper involved with the event as well as keep everyone informed and updated in real time.

I think the best part of the entire event was the connections made between the high school physics students who came from around the world to compete.  We had teams from as far away as China and Tunisia and as close as the Philadelphia suburbs.  The level of competition was amazing, but the camaraderie and sportsman ship shown by all of the students was a beautiful sight to behold.

Word is we are looking to host this event again in two years, followed by the International Competition in 2021 – I say BRING IT, we are up for the challenge!

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