See you next year for YPO 2025

Preregistration is Closed! We are sorry if you missed it. You are welcome to email below and ask if there have been cancellations.
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!
2024 Photos Fermi Quiz Results Schedule Participants
2023 Photos Fermi Quiz Results Schedule Participants
2019 Photos Fermi Quiz Results Schedule Participants
2018 Photos Fermi Quiz Results Schedule Participants

For more information please e-mail Stephen Irons at stephen.irons@yale.edu or call or text the Physics Olympics Hotline at (203) 433-2154.