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The Gregory School Physics Team to Israel



Four students from The Gregory School have been invited to the Shalheveth Freier International Physics Tournament at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, Israel. The event will be held at the Davidson Institute of Science Education on March 19-21, 2018.

The team departs on March 13th. Members are:
Yonatan Weiner
Benjamin Manninen
Chiara Gloesslein
Byron Panrudkevich
Faculty Advisor, Dr. Erika Gallo

Special recognition and thanks goes to Mr. Dennis Conner, the team’s coach and advisor who is not available to travel with the team this year.

The competition is described by the Davidson Institute of Science Education website as:
“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.”

This is the second time The Gregory School is attending the tournament. In 2016, The Gregory School’s inaugural team placed fourth in the international event. The experience of traveling to Israel and participating in this prestigious tournament was instrumental in the students’ high school education. After graduating from The Gregory School, members of this team are now attending Princeton University, Carnegie Mellon University, Duke University, and The Honors College at Northern Arizona University.

Of additional interest, Chiara Gloesslein’s older brother, Moritz, was a member of the first team. He is living in Germany, working for Garmin as an apprentice, and training for the 2020 Summer Olympics, in Tokyo, Japan.

The Gregory School is the State of Arizona’s only private school member of the MIT Fab Lab Network. This innovative space provides students the opportunity to design, prototype, build, and invent using state-of-the-art technology and digital fabrication tools.

The tournament and surrounding events lasts four days. While in Israel, the team will also tour sites including: Jerusalem, Masada, the Dead Sea, Bet Guvrin, Tel Aviv, Golan Heights, Bental Mountain, and Kibbutz El Rom.

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