The “Safe Cracking” International Physics Tournament
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Imagine standing in front of a box (a "safe") within which there are lasers, wires, magnets and a fan. You have ten minutes to break into it, and the countdown has already begun. Did you crack the code to open the lock? The Shalhevet Freier International Physics Tournament is your chance to prove to everyone what you are capable of.
The safe-cracking tournament is a process in which teams of up to five students build locking mechanisms for "safes" based on different principles of physics. Each team needs to design, build and operate a locking mechanism for their "safe”, sophisticated enough to be impossible to open without deciphering the physical principles behind it.
The aim of the tournament is to encourage basic understanding of scientific principles and develop original ideas to implement these principles. On the day of the tournament the teams present the mechanisms they built, try to "crack" the safes of the other teams and place their safe to be cracked.
The International Physics Tournament 2017/8
The international tournament will be held at the Davidson Institute of Science Education at the Weizmann Institute on March 20-21, 2018.
Preliminary tournaments will be held this year in Israel, Canada, UK, Slovenia, and Panama.