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Israeli High Schoolers Take Top Int’l Physics Prize

Israeli High Schoolers Take Top Int’l Physics Prize

May 9, 2014

Natural Sciences

JNS — A group of young people from the Ilan Ramon Youth Physics Center in Beer-Sheva recently marked an achievement of global proportions by winning yet another prize in the “First Step to Nobel Prize in Physics” annual competition, widely considered the world’s most prestigious science prize for high school students.

BGU's Sacta-Rashi Physics Building by night

BGU’s Sacta-Rashi Physics Building by night

Between 2007 and 2014, the Ramon Center has placed Israel as the world leader in prizes for physics research conducted by high schoolers.

The center, housed in the Sacta-Rashi Physics Building on BGU’s Marcus Family Campus, has won 45 total prizes during this period, leaving countries like South Korea, the U.S., and Russia far behind.

The Ramon Center operates in conjunction with physics teachers from across the Jewish state to identify the most gifted southern Israeli students. The students write their research work with the guidance of experts from BGU’s Department of Physics.

This year, ten of the best research projects were submitted to the prestigious U.S.-based competition, and this week the students’ research projects were presented to the wider Israeli public for the first time.