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Activities of FYKOS for High School Students and its Educational Benefits for Participants

Internatinal Conference of Physics Students, Torino, Italy, 7th - 14th August 2017

Karel Kolář

on 23 February 2018

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FYKOS = The Internet Physics Competition
6 series of problems a school year
time for solving about 6 week for each series
The main competition
1. problem assignments
2. participant's solutions
3. checked solutions
list of results
Why can FYKOS be interesting for participants?
interesting problems, themes not usually taught at school
=> self education

"succesful participant" = can be used as admission to Faculty of Matematics and Physics instead of Maths Entrance Test
invitation for camp (usually only in Czech)
some other rewards (only for CZ/SK)
More activities of FYKOS
team competitions
Lectures in Prague
Physics Brawl
Physics Brawl Online
visits of some prestigious places where science is made
= Day with Experimental Physics
= Weak with Applied Physics
Fri 16th Feb 2018 => 12th year
In Prague
It was only in Czech, we want to extend it for foreign teams
international internet competition
! opened for anyone !
you can participate
Wed 29th Nov 2017 17:00 - 19:59 CET
task: solve as many problems as possible
teams of up to 5 people
primarily for high school students
2 - 3 hours for solving
once a year
International Conference of Physics Students, Torino, Italy, 7th - 14th August 2017
one day, usually once a year
in Prague and near around
experimental labs of our faculty, Academy of science...
approx a week
the first day is in Czech in Prague
excursions abroad are in English
depends on budget/sponsors
we are just planning next one in November this year
CERN 2012
29. 11. - 4. 12. 2012
Germany and Switzerland
Technical museum
Chocolate factory
Cheese factory

only in Czech...
preparation for Physics Olympiad and future studies
2 types
a few times in semester streamed
once a week as a more complex preparation
more on http://prednasky.fykos.cz
somewhere outside cities, near to the nature
lectures from organizers
projects, experiments - made by participants
program for creation of many experiences
(games, many kinds of activities, "legend")
each series:
2 "simple"
3 "normal"
2014/15 chaos
2015/16 thermodynamics
2016/17 statistics (for physics)
assignments translated in English (>500)
Activities of FYKOS for High School Students and its Educational Benefits for Participants
Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
Charles University
The Czech Republic

pterodactyl = FYKOS' mascot
What is this presentation about?
What is FYKOS?
Who are the participants and organizers?

What activities do we organize?

Why participants take part in our competitions and why they should?
High school students (ISCED 2011 - 3)
from Czech mostly from gymnasia (uni-prep)
they can be from anywhere
usually Czechs and Slovaks
problem assignments in Czech and in English
solutions accepted in Czech, English and Slovak
31th year is starting
Germany 2014
11. 11. - 17. 11. 2014
DESY - Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron
Deutsches Technikmuseum - Berlin
Deutsches Museum - Munich
Forschungscentrum Garching - ASDEX-U
Fyzikální náboj
This year will be 3rd year in Czech
Comes from Slovakia
Only in CZ and SK
Thank you for your attention!
our presentations can be found at http://fykos.cz/prezentace
(the page is only in Czech, but there are some materials in English)
Karel Kolář, karel@fykos.org
literally The Physics Correspondence Seminar
Members of our group (organizers)
University students (ISCED 6, 7, 8)
most of them students of our faculty
most of them study Physics
most of them former participants
20 ~ 50 people (~ 80 for one day)
by post to CZ and SK
web pages
The activities of FYKOS are funded by the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Charles University and its mostly organized by the students of the Faculty.
This presentation was supported by the Charles University, project GA UK No 188515.

assembly of a solar cell
~ 14 organizers
~ 28 participants
in the Czech Republic
usually only in Czech
demonstration experiments
a day for measuring,
computing results,
preparing of presentation
Participants present their results
In recent time - teams oppose each other
similar to shortened International Young Physicists' Tournament
The organizers are the jury
Usually indoor
Team competition (3 ~ 8 participants in a team)
4 ~ 8 physics problems at the start of competition
for every correct solution -> points & new problem assignment
for bad solution -> they can solve it once more but usually they can obtain less points (f.e. 3-2-1 or 5-3-2-1)
possible use of "cheat sheet" with physics and mathematics formulas
altogether 20 ~ 50 physics problems
1 ~ 3 hours for solving
Náboj = "The Bullet"
Náboj is actually Czech abbreviation of "Noticeboard fight" - origin of this activity is in competitions "hanging on the noticeboards" at some camps
similar to "The Bullet"
Ciphers breaking game
team competition (4 ~ 7 part.)
task: break as many ciphers/codes as you can or ideally get to the last one and break it
usually outdoor and throughout the night
usually linear - you have to crack one to get to the next
generally popular in CZ - played often even more complicated by people > 18 yr.
liquid nitrogen, Novec 1230 (fire suppression agent)...
http://fykos.org/problems or http://fykos.org/problems/search
= something about main activities of LC Prague - (FYKOS)
LC Prague
FYKOS >> activities for high school (10th - 13th grade) >> this presentation
Výfuk >> activities for younger children (lower secondary, 6th - 9th grade) >> similar activities not mentioned further
our core activity
a scheme of one series
CERN 2015
9. 11. - 16. 11. 2015
Germany, France, Switzerland (and a bit of Austria)
BMW Dingolfing, BMW Welt
Deutsches Museum
Chocolate factory
Cheese factory
ESRF Grenoble
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