Competition for a physical machine. To win 50 thousand. gold

Competition for a physical machine. 50 thousand to be won. Gold

How to transport a metal ball from point A to point B using as many laws of physics as possible? Here’s a challenge that anyone of any age can take on. Entries for the “Chain Experiment” competition organized by Jagiellonian University can be submitted until March 31.

Participants should construct a ball transporting machine and present it to the audience during the competition finals. The device is expected to fit on a full-size school bench. It is to be built in such a way that the ball transfer takes between 20 and 120 seconds.

Machine designers can use any number of physical phenomena, któhe level of complexity should correspond to the age category of the team (kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, high school, students, families, 25 plus). The laws of physics can serve zarótion to transport the ball, as well as to be triggered by the ball as it moved. During the grand finale, whichóry will take place on May 27, 2017 in Krakow, Poland, the devices will be connected into one chain.

The prize poolód of the 5th edition "Chain Experiment" is as high as 50 thousand. zł. The competition is organized by the Scientific Circle of Molecular Biophysics and Medical Physics and the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Informatics of the Jagiellonian University (UJ) in coóhe project, in cooperation with the Faculty of Education at the University of Ljubljana.

– Physics is wokół us every day and are worth learning. Taking part in the Chain Experiment, we learn róAlso work as a team, assertively communicate and manage the project. How much fun we have with physics can be seen with our own eyes, during the finale, which is open to the public, when all the devices are connected into one chain and run one by one. Over the past four editions, a total of 347 machines were constructed – mówiJ project coordinator Daniel Dziob.

Screen from the cult puzzle game The Incredible Machine, which is based on similar principles to the UJ competition

"The Chain Experiment" Promotes a practical approach to learning physics. There is no age limit in the competition, and the only limitations are imagination, time and space. The jury evaluates the projects and devices taking into account the number of laws of physics used and their skillful explanation, the degree of sophistication of the machine, as well as the ingenuity and aesthetics of execution. Each age category is judged individually, with prizes awarded in each.

Applications can be sent via the form on

Once it is completed, the organizer will send metal balls to the team, and the team can start working on the design and implementation of the machine. After constructing the device, the team sends documentation to the organizer: the name of the project and a description of how the machine works. Documentation can be supplemented with photo and video materials. The final of the competition is scheduled for May 27.

Honorary patronage of the 5th edition of the "Chain Experiment" covered by the Minister of National Education Anna Zalewska, the Marshal of the Voivodship of the Republic of PolandóJacek Krupa, Voivode of Małopolska Józf Pilch, Rector of the Jagiellonian University prof. Dr. hab. med. Wojciech Nowak and President of the Polish Physical Society prof. Dr. hab. Katarzyna Chałasińska-Macukow.

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