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newMarch 20, 2017
Results and photos from the 2017 competition have been posted online.

February 6, 2017
Final rulebook has been posted. Download the rules here.

January 30th, 2017
Registration for the 2017 Physics Olympics is now closed.

January 6, 2017
We just released the preliminary rules for 2017 pre-build events! Download the rules here.

September 26, 2016
Save the date - the 2017 UBC Physics Olympics will be on Saturday, March 4! Registration will be available soon.

March 8, 2016
Thank you everyone for participating in the 2016 Physics Olympics! Results can be found HERE.

About Us

The UBC Physics Olympics is organized jointly by the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy in the Faculty of Education, and the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the Faculty of Science at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver Campus. It is supported by the Rex Broughton Memorial Fund.

The Organizing Committee is

  • Marina Milner-Bolotin, Dept. of Curriculum & Pedagogy
  • Tom Mattison, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy
  • Theresa Liao, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy
  • Mike Hasinoff, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy

The volunteers for the 2017 Physics Olympics were:

Fermi Questions / Judge: Ian Affleck
Amir Tootooni, Erik Ryhorchuk. Noah Finkielsztein, Harlan Colclough, (Phillip Bement, Steven Zheng)

Quizzics / Judge: Jaymie Matthews
Jacob White, Pedram Laghaei, Jinxong Hsueh, Pedro Esquinas, Kara Deane

Elastomer powered aircraft / Judge: Aaron Boley
Emma Ostereicher, Emma Bean, Adam Darcie, Alexander Choinski, Will Ries, CJ Kanjilal, Jonah Berean-Dutcher, Yuchen Charlotte Zhao

Balance Lab / Judge: Joss Ives
Tristan Simmons, Hani Ebrahimi, Joohyung Hong, Sebastien Rettie, Levi Burns, Rhett Lai, Vitor Tiepo, Minura Silva

Coin Sorter / Judge: Andrzej Kotlicki
Becky Lin, Kasra Vahidi, Parisa Safavi, Ryan Kaufmann, Felix Cormier, Cameron Metcalfe

Faraday Lab / Judge: Valery Milner
Walter   Wasserman, Jordan Fordyce, Harry Qi, Hu Zuo, Elham E Khoda, Phillip Bement, Solomon Lam, Sepand Dyanatkar, Adriann Gramm, Brian Tam, Hisham Maarraoui, Sammohith Nittala, Gaurav Tenkila, Daniel Schultz, Neall Struwig, Eric Goto

Gerald Tembrevilla, Maryum Sayeed, Madeline Iseminger, Kevin Anderson, Rika Sugimoto, Wilson Lin, Angele Leow

Janis McKenna, Dept of Physics & Astronomy for additional assistance with set up.