We have also been in your position. When we were in high school, the only Physics and Mathematics competitions were those that required research, time and commitment beyond our strength. The competitions are fine; it is just that we would rather spend our time studying for tests and that we had in school. We recognised that this was the case for many students who were willing to challenge themselves in competitions. We saw that teachers were also reluctant to recommend these competitions to the students, because the contents are out of scope of what they teach. This is unfortunate. We believe that competitions, while being sufficiently difficult and challenging, should not harm students' motivation and enjoyment of it.
This is why we, a team of university students at Auckland University, have designed the NZPMC. We radically limited the contents to common curriculums that are taught in high school. We designed questions so that they will test the level of students' flair on the essential and rudimentary physical concepts. This eliminates the you-either-get-it-or-not get-it element. As long as you study the core material correctly, you will gain a high mark in this exam, and be rewarded for your hard work.
Also, the time spent on preparing for this competition will not go wasted - because our questions mostly follow common curriculums taught in high school. Yes, there will be some extensions to some exotic concepts. But those materials are only handful, and we will make sure that they are clearly stated in What Do We Test?.
We have noticed lack of junior science competitions, too. This is why we have two divisions: Junior (Year 9-11) and Senior (Year 12-13). We know there are many enthusiastic junior physicists who are willing to challenge themselves to study ahead and want to be motivated by competitions. We believe NZPMC is the very opportunity they need!
To make the competition experience more exciting, we have decided to also introduce two-rounds system. First round will take place in students' respective schools, and second round will take place at a venue in North Island and South Island. Those who make it to the second round will get a small metal badge, and those who make three top placings will be awarded with medals.
We believe that this competition will be a perfect opportunity for students who wish to be challenged and learn a lot while they're at it. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask us! Use the link on our FAQ, or contact us with the email on the bottom of the page.
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