Photo: Taft's Physics Bowl high scorer Daniel Yi '18 in the classroom with Science Teacher Jim Mooney.
Taft has been named the regional winner of the 2017 Physics Bowl competition.
Sponsored by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), the Physics Bowl is held each spring. It is comprised of 40 questions, to be completed in a 45 minute time period. Schools compete in one of two divisions, each with nineteen regions. Division 1 is for first-year physics students, Division 2 for advanced physics scholars. Each division consists of 19 geographic regions. The five highest individual scores are combined to reflect each school's total score.
Sonny An '17, Daniel Yi '18, Nick Carolan '17, Raya Petrova '17, and Peter Yu '20 earned Taft's top scores, pushing the team into first place in the region. Daniel Yi also placed fifth in overall Division 2 scoring, while Sonny An earned the second highest score in Region 3.
"These kids all really enjoy the challenge of physics," said Science Teacher Jim Mooney. "It was nice to see them recognized for their interest and hard work."
More than 7,100 students from across the globe participated in this year's AAPT Physics Bowl. Competitors from nearly 300 schools in China, and nearly 300 more in the United States, Canada, Kuwait, Mexico, Australia, Turkey, the Philippines, South Africa, the Republic of Korea, and the United Kingdom produced a taleneted and highly competitive field.