Yale Physics Olympics

Event time: 
Saturday, April 15, 2023 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Sloane Physics Laboratory SPL See map
217 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

The YPO is Back! After a three and half year hiatus, we are having our first spring Yale Physics Olympics next month on Saturday, April 15th.
Established in 1998 by Professor Con Beausang the YPO is an all-day (8:30-4:30) physics competition for Connecticut and surrounding area high school students and teachers and is FREE for registered teams. Representing their high school or learning institution, students compete in teams of four to complete a pentathlon of a variety physics-themed activities. Different every year, they can involve: measuring an unknown quantity, optimizing a process, or constructing a device to perform a function. One event is always a quiz consisting of Fermi Problems, which require combining clever quantitative guesses to produce a good final estimate of some unknown number. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermi_problem

In addition to the five competitive events, there is a make-and-take activity for team coaches, a demonstration show (for all participants), and a talk or presentation by a Yale scientist. At the end of the day in an awards ceremony, teams are awarded first, second and third prizes for best performance in each event. We also award first and second prizes for best overall performance and a trophy for overall best performance. There are spirit prizes too for best costume/T-shirt and best team name!

While this is a competition, it is friendly and accessible to all students. We make sure everyone has fun with physics! This year, due to construction and space issues, due to space constraints we must limit the event to 25 teams so make sure you register as soon as you can. The invitation letter we send to area schools can be found at the link above.
Coordinator: Stephen Irons (stephen.irons@yale.edu)