17th Asian Physics Olympiad (APhO)

Date: 2016/05/01-09
Venue: HKUST
Student: Tai Wai Ting (5D)

TAI Wai-ting from Class 5D, along with 15 other students from Hong Kong, participated in the 17th Asian Physics Olympiad (APhO). He defeated competitors from other surrounding Asian countries and regions and was awarded a gold medal as the highest honour.

This year's competition, hosted by the University of Science & Technology from May 1 to 9, was for the first time held in Hong Kong, attracting participation at a record high - with students from 26 countries and regions taking part. Following the practice of all organising cities for the APhO, Hong Kong sent an additional guest team to participate in the event in order to provide more opportunities for local gifted physics students to broaden their horizons through exposure to the international arena.

The APhO, originated from the International Physics Olympiad, is an annual physics competition for secondary school students from Asia and Oceania and is the only regional competition in physics to date. It aims to promote physics education and strengthen interaction and co-operation among physics experts in Asia, as well as to train and inspire teenagers who are highly talented in physics.

Besides the gold medal won by TAI Wai-ting, the Hong Kong team reaped five more bronze medals, plus eight honourable mentions and a special award for "Most Creative Solution in Experimental Examination". It was really big harvest for the Hong Kong Team!