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We work to encourage the study of Physics and recognise excellence in young physicists.
There are five competitions organised through two strands:
Physics Challenge (GCSE)
British Physics Olympiad
Astro A2 Challenge leading to the Astro Olympiad
Competition dates for 2016-17
|Experimental Project||From Fri 20th June 2016|
|A2 Challenge||From Mon 12th September 2016|
|British Astronomy & Astrophysics A2||From Mon 12th September 2016|
|BPhO Round 1||Fri 18th November 2016|
|British Astronomy & Astrophysics||Mon 23rd January 2017|
|BPhO Round 2||Mon 30th January 2017|
|Physics Challenge||Fri 3rd March 2017|
|AS Challenge||Fri 10th March 2017|
Register at least one week before the competition dates.
Celebrating student success at The Royal Society, London
Some of the best young problem solvers in the country received awards at The Royal Society, London in April 2016 for their accomplishments in the British Physics Olympiad and British Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad. The Royal Society is a Fellowship of many of the world's most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. Photos available to download here:
We made it to the Royal Astronomical Society’s News as well: https://www.ras.org.uk/news-and-press/2696-uk-team-win-2-silver-medals-in-astronomy-olympiad
UK team won 2 Silver Medals at our first participation in the International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (http://ioaa2015.org). The Olympiad is an annual international competition for secondary school pupils from around the world, in the fields of Astronomy and Astrophysics. This year was the 9th edition and it was organised in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia between 26 July and 4 August, with 210 students competing from 41 countries. The UK team led by Sandor Kruk (Merton College, Oxford Astrophysics) and Charles Barclay (Marlborough College) entered the competition for the first time and achieved outstanding results through William McCorkindale (Silver Medal), Bob Cliffe (Silver Medal) and Rizwaan Mohammed. Their performance placed UK 9th in the medal table, out of 41 countries, after three tough rounds: Observations, Theory and Data Analysis. The top three countries were India, Iran and Indonesia. It was a truly impressive event that took Astronomy beyond the boundaries of humanity and culture, with the opening and closing ceremonies held at the majestic temples of Borobudur and Prambanan.
IPhO 2015: The BPhO team achieved Two silver and Three bronze medals in the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO). Well done team! Read more about their trip here.
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IsaacPhysics.org is a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) to develop problem solving skills. It has levels 1 – 6 which will provide sixth formers with challenges that will suit every student who wishes to show initiative and get ahead. Teachers will also find the materials can be used to engage their students and details of courses are provided for CPD. Have a look. If you want to move ahead then IsaacPhysics.org is it.
Two free entries: This year we are able to offer two free entries for all non-fee paying schools, due to sponsorship from a private donor, which has been allocated to BPhO to widen participation. Order your free papers through the online store.
"Really enjoyed the challenge, I wish I had more real life problems like that to solve in physics"