Between 25 and 29 March, during spring holidays, 41st National Tournament of Young Physicists took place at Vernadsky Crimean Federal University in Simferopol. Teams from Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Barabinsk, Kachkanara, and Omsk came to the Crimea. Voronezh was represented at the tournament by 4 teams “12 Children of Science”, “ONP”, “NEW”, and “DPN” consisting of pupils from Voronezh schools (school № 12, № 13, № 38, № 80, № 102, lyceum № 1, № 3, Kiselev school, gymnasium № 6, and Suvorov Voronezh Cadet School), Novovoronezh school № 4, and the Kvantorum children’s technopark.
For qualifying competitions the teams were divided into groups of 3-4 teams for both leagues (premier and high). The premier league included 9 teams from specialised educational and research centres at universities (Moscow State University, Saint Petersburg State University, Ural Federal University, Novosibirsk State University, and Novosibirsk State Technical University). 22 teams competed in the first league. The league influences the competition results.
As a result of 5 qualifying battles and the final, three Voronezh teams: “12 Children of Science”, “NEW”, and “ONP” took third place, and the team “DPN” (consisting of Yulia Chudnova (captain), Alexey Volkov, Viktoria Ruchnova, and Vadim Krokhin) took first place.
Apart from schoolchildren and their supervisors, lecturers, undergraduate, and postgraduate students from the Faculty of Physics of VSU tried to solve the physics problems presented at the tournament. It was teamwork.
“Tournaments help its participants develop in their area of knowledge and learn to work in a team. Each competitor team (comprising of 4-6 schoolchildren) has 1 or 2 supervisors. Last year, for the first time in the history of national and international tournaments the supervisor of the team competing at the natural science tournament was a schoolgirl, a student of the 10th grade, Yulya Chudnova. Her experience and resilience (Yulya is a Master of Sport in rhythmic gymnastics) allowed to her play two roles at the tournament: the role of the captain and the co-supervisor of the team “DPN”,” said the Associate Professor of the Faculty of Physics, Deputy Head of the organisational committee of the Tournament of Young Physicists in the Voronezh region, Elena Derevyagina.
“We were very nervous before the tournament but when we came to Crimea, we immediately calmed down. Spring, warm weather, and absolutely stunning nature helped us concentrate and set our mind on the game. Our team was very happy to win and we would like to thank all the people who trained us, judged us, and played with us. We wish the other teams good luck in the next tournaments,” said the captain of the team “DPN”, Yulya Chudnova.