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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.


General Description

The competition is structured around 6 separate events called Heats. Two of them revolve around the pre-builds. One is Quizzics, where students will answer challenging questions about physics and astronomy. Another one is the Fermi Questions event, where students will estimate the best answers to approximation problems. The other two events are the Labs, where students will participate in hands-on activities and be tested in their knowledge of experimental physics.

General schedule (subjected to changes)

Check-in starts at 8:30 AM in Hennings.  Pre-built structures should be checked in at that time.  Events start at 9:15 AM.  Each of the 6 events is run in 6 heats of 1 hour, with a break for lunch. The starting times for the heats are: 9:15am; 10:20am; 11:10am; 1:00pm, 1:50pm, 2:40pm, and the Final Quizzics event will be held at 3:30pm.

 Lunch is not provided, but there are food outlets at the Irving K. Barber Learning Center next to Hennings, the Student Union Building (NEST) across the street from Hennings and Hebb, and a few blocks away at University Village.  The awards ceremony will be in Hebb Theatre at about 4:00 PM.


The events are held in the Hennings and Hebb buildings at UBC Vancouver.  We recommend you park in the Rose Garden Parkade or the North Parkade (the cost will be $4.00).  Note that the road to Hennings and Hebb is not open to private vehicles.