In 1993, fourteen physics teachers met for the symposium "Promotion of Young People in Physics" and thus laid the foundation stone for the nationwide physics competition for the lower secondary level. Twenty-four times students who had previously been enthusiastic about physics took part in the competition, which is always a balanced mixture of experimental and theoretical tasks. In the 1st round, still divided into the junior level for physics starters and the advanced level for experienced physicists, it guarantees equal opportunities, as the best participants from both groups are invited to the 2nd round.
The basic intentions and procedures are to encourage the participating students to recognize physical laws in the three-task realities or to use them in a problem-related manner via experimental and vivid problems. If necessary, attempts must be planned, carried out and evaluated, as well as subject-related documentation in the style of a protocol. Overall, the primary aim of this nationwide physics competition is to arouse interest in the versatility of physics and to inspire as many students as possible for this natural science.
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The first round of the 25th competition in 2018 successfully completed with over 600 participating students. A total of 616 students from all over Germany took part in the 25th competition, 357 of them at the junior level and 259 at the advanced level. At the end of January, the submitted solutions were corrected and afterwards, only 89 participants of the junior level and 131 participants of the advanced level were invited to the second competition round. It is, therefore, a considerably competitive competition.
There are no associated fees with participating in this competition.
The nationwide competition "Physics" of the MNU for secondary school I is recognized as a school-supplementing instrument for talent development and gifted education member of the consortium of nationwide student competitions. As part of the judging criteria for this competition, students must demonstrate an ability to calculate and write down derivations comprehensively, verbally formulate solutions, and be skilled in the field of mathematics and physics. The tasks of the advanced rounds require a dedicated application of physical laws and mathematical means in analysis and solution.
The amount of time dedicated to the submitted competition solutions (in addition to any possible preparatory work) is at the discretion of the participant.
Students must register for the National Physics Competition online, under the supervision of their teacher at their enrolled school, at: https://www.mnu.de/anmeldung-zum-physikwettbewerb