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A safe bet

Friday, March 22, 2019

Opportunity came knocking at the door in February when TanenbaumCHAT sent three teams to Montreal to compete in the Canadian semi-final of the Shalhevet Freier International Physics Tournament. The competition is run by the Davidson Institute of Science Education at the Weizman Institute, and it challenges students to use physics principles to design, build and operate a locked box.

Designs must be sophisticated enough to allow each team to open into its own box within five minutes but keep opponents stumped for at least 10 minutes. Entries are scored by a panel of referees, not only for being pickproof, but also for aesthetics and originality. In addition, teams get extra points for every safe they manage to crack.

Our students began prepping early for the internal TanenbaumCHAT qualifier, which was held in October. The teams made extensive use of the DH Gales Family Foundation Project Room (aka “The Garage”) as a resource for tools and materials. They also were supported by this semester’s Anita and Daniel Chai Engineering Academy intern, Edan Cohen ’16, who is a civil engineering student at the University of Waterloo.

Photo composite of the three TanenbaumCHAT teams at the safe-cracking competition.

More than 20 teams, from both Toronto and Montreal, took part in the Canadian semi-final. Internationally, 19 teams – from Canada, Romania, Slovenia, Angola, Panama, UK, USA, Argentina, Hong Kong, Colombia and Israel – are participating in the tournament, and the regional winners go on to represent their country at the final in Israel.

In Montreal, one of our grade 12 teams (Jonah Belman, Jonah Garmaise, Ethan Ohayon, Daniel Shore and Ben Tanen) locked in the win and will travel to Israel in April to represent Canada in the final at the Davidson Institute.

It’s a safe bet they’ll do a great job! Stay tuned to TanenbaumCHAT media to find out.


Read more about the competition here.

Main image courtesy of Vecteezy.