Since the Autumn of 1998 the Department of Physics at Yale University has organized an annual Physics Olympics Competition.
The theme of our event is “physics is fun!” Our hope is that the participants enjoy themselves while applying basic ideas from physics in a practical context and hopefully learn some new physics during the day. Click here for Directions.
The event takes the form of a pentathlon, consisting of five 45-minute events that includes a “Fermi” estimation quiz. Each event is a task or simple experiment which the students perform as a team and for which they obtain a result or measurement. The teams are ordered based on the accuracy of their results and prizes awarded to the winning teams. We also have prizes for best costume/T-shirt design and best team name.
For more information please e-mail Stephen Irons at firstname.lastname@example.org at or call the Physics Olympics Hotline at (203) 432-3664.