High school competition expected to draw nearly 10,000 students
RALEIGH, N.C., Feb. 12, 2013 — For the fifth consecutive year, WebAssign will serve as a sponsor of the PhysicsBowl, an annual competition for high school students and schools administered by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).
The 2013 PhysicsBowl exam will be given over a two-week period beginning April 3, with 40 multiple-choice questions from topics and concepts covered in a typical high school physics course. The 45-minute exam is open to all high school physics students; the deadline to register to participate is March 4.
Launched in 1997 as a project of the physics department at NC State University, WebAssign – the leading provider of powerful online instructional tools for faculty and students – began partnering with the AAPT in 2008 to create an online version of the contest. In addition, WebAssign provides free practice exams to all registered students, who can take as many as five different sample tests from previous years to see if they are prepared for the contest.
“This contest is an important outreach project to encourage students to study physics,” said Dr. John Risley, CEO and founder of WebAssign, and a former physics professor at North Carolina State University. “WebAssign is again very proud to partner with the AAPT.”
The College Park, Md.-based AAPT has created several different divisions and regions of PhysicsBowl winners, and last year 29 percent of the schools that entered were awarded prizes. The 2012 competition drew nearly 10,000 students from more than 250 schools across the United States and Canada, with entrants from China and Italy as well. The PhysicsBowl debuted in 1985.
For more information about the competition, visit the PhysicsBowl link on the AAPT website (www.aapt.org/programs/contests/physicsbowl.cfm).
For more information on WebAssign, visit www.webassign.net, or call (800) 955-8275 or (919) 829-8181.
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