In line with its mission to share expertise, resources and training in physics education with other institutions throughout the country, LUMS physics lab (PhysLab) recently hosted five budding scientists as they worked on ten interesting problems in preparation for the International Young Physicists’ Tournament 2016 to be hosted in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
The event dubbed as the ‘Physics World Cup’ is a team-oriented scientific competition among secondary school students, where participants present their solutions to scientific problems they have prepared over several months and then discuss their solutions with other teams.
The students were mentored by LUMS Physics faculty, Dr. Sabieh Anwar, lab instructors Umar Hasan and Azeem Iqbal while original equipment was especially built by Hafiz Rizwan for the students. This was during an intensive three month long period where these students were guided towards finding innovative and rigorous solutions to mind-baffling physical phenomena such as electric honeycombs, hot water geysers, rollers on rollers, magnetic trains, ultra-hydrophobic water, acoustic metamaterials and mechanical machines to generate random numbers.
The project is led by Dr. Farida Tahir of COMSATS’s Physics Department in Islamabad. The team includes:
- Khadija Niazi (LCAS)
- Muhammad Shaheer Niazi (LCAS)
- Shaheer Akhtar (LGS)
- Muhammad Ahad Butt (Karachi Grammar School)
- Aliza Shahid (LGS)
Treating science and physics as a common heritage, Physlab is definitely first of its kind in the country, which is breaking the barriers in knowledge sharing and has so far helped cultivate five physics laboratories in Pakistan outside LUMS