Katherine Baker, a recently graduate of Coatesville High School, is heading to Beijing, China, to compete in the International Young Physicists Tournament as part of the Chester County team of five, writes Chris Barber for Daily Local News.
The physics championship, known as the Olympics of Science, includes participants from thirty countries from around the globe, and has been a regular event for three decades. This year, four teams from the U.S. will participate, including teams from California, Michigan, and New Jersey.
The members of each team will have to take on individual physics experiments, find a solution, and then explain it. This explanation will then be presented at the event with a power point presentation before being debated by members of the other teams.
Baker selected an experiment that shows how alternating layers of water and air pressure help move liquid.
“The presentation takes about an hour,” she said.
The team is based at Octorara High School. So Baker has been coming over to work with her teammates and Octorara coach William McWatters throughout the year.
Later this year, Baker will head off to Ursinus College.