Morre ex-presidente do IYPT…

Era para, neste momento, algo sobre a última internacional ser postado. Entretanto, hoje, ao tentar entrar no IYPT Archive para procurar um arquivo, me deparei com a a imagem do Professor Gunnar Tibell (screenshot abaixo).

Screenshot of today’s IYPT Archive

Ele foi presidente do IYPT durante 10 anos e sofreu um derrame cerebral durante a cerimônia de abertura em Bad Saulgau em julho deste ano. Seu derrame, internação e volta para a Suécia junto da esposa durante do torneio foram divulgados através de um anúncio oficial no almoço após o segundo fight, deixando em choque as diversas pessoas no local, no qual as conversas atribuladas entre as equipes deram lugar ao total silêncio. Até então, diziam que ele não conseguiria se recuperar totalmente, mas que conseguiria vencer o incidente.

É muito triste perder pessoas tão dedicadas à educação dos jovens pelo mundo e é importante saber reconhecer sua importância. Por isso, o blog deixa os pêsames pela perda…

Anúncios

Reformulação do site

Hoje, só estou postando para inteirar quem lê este blog a respeito de algumas mudanças pequenas feitas, que podem inclusive facilitar a vida de quem pretende seguir o blog.

Primeiramente, o menu acima foi atualizado, com links mais fáceis para fotos e vídeos do torneio, fora as informações de contato e história do blog. Além disso, uma seção com links para torneios inspirados no IYPT foi adicionada ao lado, sendo torneios de matemática, para alunos mais novos ou com menos problemas a serem resolvidos. Aliás, pra quem nunca reparou, tem uma porção de links para sites relacionados ao IYPT na barra lateral.

Apesar de a maneira mais fácil de seguir os posts ser por facebook, agora você pode seguir o blog por e-mail! É só subscrever na seção “follow blog” com seu e-mail no fim da barra lateral.

Tirando isso, semana que vem, postagens sobre detalhes da internacional na Alemanha serão postadas com o intuito de inspirar o pessoalzinho que tá começando a participar agora, pelo menos funcionou comigo quando eu comecei (mesmo sendo com histórias de equipes de outros países) e não sobrou tempo pra escrever essas semanas. Então, semana que vem ou no máximo na seguinte, deve sair algo legal.

PF final do IYPT Brasil 2012 e outros vídeos

A discussão mais engraçada e aplaudida do IYPT Brasil.

Ontem, a organização nacional liberou alguns vídeos do PF Final do IYPT Brasil 2012. Pra quem quiser vê-los, segue uma lista de reprodução abaixo:

Hoje, também juntei vários vídeos em listas de reprodução separadas, com fights classificatórios e finais da nacional e da internacional de várias edições, cerimônias, coisas aleatórias etc. Em breve, adicionarei e organizarei mais listas e, se publicados, mais vídeos serão adicionados nas que já estão por lá.

Por enquanto, divirtam-se com a discussão mais engraçada de todos os tempo em uma das rodadas da final da nacional de 2012 (é nóis, Gago! hahaha).

Novas fotos

Olá!

Hoje foram adicionadas novas fotos de edições anteriores do IYPT Brasil e do IYPT na página do facebook. Cheque os álbuns! Espero que elas sirvam como algum tipo de inspiração pra quem ainda estiver em dúvida sobre se inscrever ou não pra nacional de 2013. Lá tem (algumas das) besteiras que a gente andou fazendo (que é a parte mais legal haha) e algumas das coisas importantes também, obviamente.

Espero que gostem das fotos!

Hi! Today the pictures of past editions of IYPT Brasil and IYPT were added to the facebook page. Check out the albuns! I hope this serves as some sort of inspiration for those who are still in doubt whether or not to participate in the 2013 nationals. There one may find (some of) the silly things we’ve been doing (which is the coolest part haha) and, obviously, some of the important things as well.

I hope you like the photos!

Equipe brasileira é notícia!

Desde que voltou ao país, a equipe brasileira tem sido notícia em diversos jornais e revistas, impressos e televisionados. Em geral, são jornais locais das cidades em que cada um dos participantes moravam. Seguem aí em baixo alguns dos links:

Since its coming back to the country, the team of Brazil has been in the news in several newspapers and magazines, printed and televised. In general, it is about local press from the cities in which each member lived. Below, you may find some of the links:

Bárbara:

Guilherme, Rawlinson e Beethoven:

Ibraim:

João Gabriel:

Liara e Thiago:

10 reasons to engage IYPT

Picture taken after the Final PF in IYPT Brasil 2012 with all the partcipants in the selection of the 5 Brazilian team members for the 25th IYPT.

Obs.: essas mesmas razões podem ser achadas em português em “Why participate?“.

Hello! I’ve been recently receiving messages from prospective participants of IYPT Brasil 2013 and I’ve seen a lot of new people accessing this blog or liking the official page of the nationals. So, as the website Olimpíadas Científicas (Scientific Olympiads) wrote about the ten reasons why one should participate on Olympiads, I’ve decided to write why IYPT can be the most incredible and complete experience of one’s life. The reasons of the Olympiads are applicable to IYPT, but there are some particular points that makes IYPT different from the other competitions, that can give invaluable experience for your future academic and professional career. So… there we go.

  1. Getting knowledge in Physics and Mathematics at university level. In order to develop your solutions, you should conduct your independent studies in advanced topics on Physics, as fluid mechanics (as we really saw by 2012’s problems) or parts of electromagnetism one does not learn in high school, and Mathematics, as advanced calculus for the development of your own theoretical model. You also learn how to deal with computer programming, error and data analysis, simulations etc.
  2. Pre-university research and even paper publications! IYPT problems are open-ended. That means that they have no right or wrong solution and are usually based on the investigation of phenomena that haven’t been explored (or that have not been widely investigated). So, one must learn how to deal with articles, conduct own research, develop new theoretical and mathematical models as well as have the creativity to create experiments that evidence the proposed model. Sometimes, your research may take you months, but can even render a paper and be published in internationally recognized or IYPT publications.
  3. You get to know a lot of nice people :). While participating in the nationals, when you get to the final stage, in the ceremonies, in the breaks between Physics Fights or even in the official hotel, you get to know people from every corner of the country, from about 20 different groups and 10 different states who share some of the same passions you do and want to pursue similar careers. In the international phase, you also get to know a bunch of people, from almost 30 different countries with different cultural backgrouds with whom you can share ideas and common interests and experiences, ranging from physics to music, books, movies etc. Also, besides people from your age, you get in touch with teachers, professors and real researchers from a wide variety of fields and universities around the globe. These all may become great and lasting friendships.
  4. Team work and leadership. If you are the kind of person that prefer to work on your own, IYPT is going to teach you how to work in a group, as this is a really relevant and encouraged feature for doing well in the competition. We live with people and dealing with them is important. You’re not always going to get everything alone, so the sooner you understand how to work with people around you, the better. You have to learn how to motivate your teammates, how to divide the tasks, how to help one another, so it is actually important to have leadership characteristics to be successful in IYPT.
  5. Public presentations. People are usually shy when it comes to presenting to an audience. IYPT is based on presentations and discussions about the proposed problems, so you’ll have to learn not just how to make great powerpoint slides, but also how to hold your anxiousness, posture, voice and entonation in front of many people and strangers, including experts on the subject you’re presenting.
  6. Defending your point of view. During the discussions, you’ll have to defend your point, give your opinion, present data, reference and arguments that support it. Hence, you’ll have to learn how to be convincing and consistent on your presented thoughts.
  7. English proficiency. The national phase is conducted in Portuguese, but the official language of the international stage is English. Then, you’ll have to develop a high level of English understanding in writing, speaking, reading and listening to make your research, your presentations and hold the discussions.
  8. Fast thinking. In the discussions, the jury, the opponent or the reviewer may come up with totally unexpected ideas or questions about the problems, with paramemeters you never thought of. Also, technical problems may appear. So, you must think fast to give the proper answers, solutions or even justification for missing points.
  9. You travel, get to know places and cultures :D. When you’re selected to represent your country, you get a whole week trip to another country without paying a cent, and you even can get some more days in the scale in another place, which can be really fun. You get to visit a lot of different known places and some amazing sites you never heard of. Also, you get to know the culture of other participants and of the host country itself, getting totally new cultural and abroad experience.
  10. It may shape your aspirations. Once you’re engaged in IYPT, that all may be so interesting and exciting, that, in the end of the day, you may want to pursue a career in the pure science, become a researcher, get involved with educational policy, study abroad or get involved with a diverse range of aspects involved and developed in an individual because of IYPT.

Warning: getting passionate about all of this is a common practice among IYPT participants :).

Mascots!

Certainly, something that really called the attention of everybody in IYPT this year was the number of teams that brought mascots to the competition. Probably this was the result of the fact that the LOC kind of estimulated the teams in taking those fluffy things to this edition.

Some of the mascots were: Hugo (Brazil), Lise (Austria), Rydberg (Sweden), Schrödigger (Australia), Supermilchchue (Switzerland), Ernie (New Zealand), the Linux penguin from Germany (not sure about his name), two mascots from Singapore, the panda with the huge head from China and many others! Each one of them was attributed a different story and one may find a lot of funny pictures of these cute mascots on their facebook profiles.

Anyway, some posts about it were made before, like the pool for choosing Hugo’s name, the one in which he was introduced to the world or that about our last week of preparation, in which he appeared a lot. Some links refering to this subject were also put in the pre-departure post and many pics of it can be found in posts about this year’s IYPT.

The only thing we know is that Hugo was definetely the most popular member of our team (in the competition and after that, he actually appeared in the press with our team haha) and that the pool we made to choose his name was totally manipulated by people of certain team hahaha (but we already suspected of what happened when we saw the results), which we found very funny by the way :). Whatever, we wanted his name to be Hugo before, so having help from people of outside was actually nice.

Now, he lives on a shelf in Santos, inside one of the hats of the Brazilian team, holding his badge and an IYPT medal, but he is looking forward to go to Taiwan, so he is going to be handed to one of our team members next year.

Some of the photos of him and his mascot friends can be found below: