Going for the gold

A team of American teen-agers won the International Physics Olympiad, held in Taipei. Next came teams from South Korea, Taiwan and Iran.

Pavel Batrachenko won first prize overall, Daniel Gulotta won the theory section and Emily Russell was the top-scoring girl. Yes, Pavel is an American.

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  1. Dan’s a student of mine at the summer program where I teach – he left early this year to go to the Olympiad. I’m not at all surprised that he did so well.

  2. Dan’s a student of mine at the summer program where I teach – he left early this year to go to the Olympiad. I’m not at all surprised that he did so well.

  3. See – highly motivated American students (ooooh, evils of competition!) can do very well.

    Are any of these children homeschooled, or is that something that happens only in the national competitions? I wouldn’t be at all surprised if there weren’t a whole subclass of math/sci adept homeschoolers out there contributing to this kind of international comptetition.

    p.s. — yay, MT! I had worried when your site wasn’t available the other day!

  4. See – highly motivated American students (ooooh, evils of competition!) can do very well.

    Are any of these children homeschooled, or is that something that happens only in the national competitions? I wouldn’t be at all surprised if there weren’t a whole subclass of math/sci adept homeschoolers out there contributing to this kind of international comptetition.

    p.s. — yay, MT! I had worried when your site wasn’t available the other day!

  5. Congratulations, Brenda. You must be proud.

  6. Congratulations, Brenda. You must be proud.

  7. Oh, I can’t take any credit for Dan – I’m glad that my camp is able to provide him with a program that challenges him, but he was a remarkable student when we met him.

  8. Oh, I can’t take any credit for Dan – I’m glad that my camp is able to provide him with a program that challenges him, but he was a remarkable student when we met him.

  9. If you want to find out more about the competition, go to the American Association of Physics Teachers website http://www.aapt.org

  10. If you want to find out more about the competition, go to the American Association of Physics Teachers website http://www.aapt.org

  11. I know Dan through the same Mathcamp as Brenda… Way to go Dan!

    I went to the Physics Olympiad training camp for the U.S. in 1992 as a high school senior, and I can tell you that the American IPO students have been competitive internationally for quite a while, getting gold medals consistently. I don’t think any of us in 1992 were homeschooled, and I myself had gone to nothing but public schools since first grade (though one of them was a special public school).

  12. I know Dan through the same Mathcamp as Brenda… Way to go Dan!

    I went to the Physics Olympiad training camp for the U.S. in 1992 as a high school senior, and I can tell you that the American IPO students have been competitive internationally for quite a while, getting gold medals consistently. I don’t think any of us in 1992 were homeschooled, and I myself had gone to nothing but public schools since first grade (though one of them was a special public school).