PiA is designed for pupils in grades five to ten and from 11 to 18 years of age. However, based on the experience of previous years, parents, teachers, students or those simply interested in physical phenomena also take great pleasure in it. This year, adults in companies, departments and circles of friends are also encouraged to join in as a team and solve the riddle.
You can watch a simple experiment every day from 1 to 24 December on YouTube, which you can be easily do yourself using standard household materials. Afterwards you will try to explain the phenomena, with four possible answers. The next day, the solution is available - again via YouTube video. If you wish, the results can be evaluated: individually, for a school class or even for whole schools.
The best participants, classes or schools receive prizes. In addition to iPods, books and experiment kits, there are also
- win a trip to Dallas for NBA basketball games with Dirk Nowitzki
- a ride in a hot air balloon or
- a flight in a glider
In the past years, PiA has always been a great success: in 2020 about 62,000 registered participants (~50% female) from more than 80 countries participated. Most of them were students from Germany, Austria or Switzerland. The PiA YouTube and websites were visited more than 2.3 million times.
The project is supported by numerous people from science, television or politics. Flyers and posters can be requested free of charge via the contact website.
"PiA - Physics in Advent" is offered and carried out by the Georg-August University of Göttingen with the support of the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation in cooperation with the German, Dutch, Austrian, Swiss and European Physical Societies, the Association of German Engineers, the German Aerospace Center, the MNU Association for the Promotion of MINT Teaching, IUCAA (India), Global Sphere network, Science on Stage, Komm mach MINT, Leifiphysik and MINT Zukunft schaffen. It takes place in cooperation with the successful project "Maths in Advent".