Tafties Medal in Yale Physics Olympics

Eight Taft students traveled to Yale University Saturday, October 13 to compete in the 21st annual Yale Physics Olympics. The event featured 50 teams from 42 schools across the state of Connecticut working to solve five, 45-minute challenges developed by members of the Yale physics faculty. Each of the challenges was designed to test students' knowledge of complex physics concepts—which involved construction, measurement, optimization, and estimation—and their ability to apply that knowledge effectively and creatively to solve problems.

This year Taft was one of eight schools to enter two, four-person teams in the competition. Representing Taft was, on team Nonlocal Interactions, Peter Yu '20, Steve Le '19, Will Wang '19, and Bill Lu '19. Ernest Protas '20, Andrii Torchylo '21, Stefan Kim '20, and Ben Le '21 made up team Human Error.

"Nonlocal Interactionstied for first place in the Fermi Quiz, where quick estimations are required," says Physics Teacher and Team Coach Jim Mooney. "They had to settle for second as a result of a tie-breaker." 

Human Errorplaced second in two events and third in another, boosting them to a second-place overall finish in the competition, and earning them the right to wear some impressive hardware.

Congratulations to all of the competitors on an impressive showing in a highly regarded competition.

Enjoy a slideshow of images from the day: