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Find the most commonly asked questions regarding CaYPT here. If you have any additional questions, please email us at caypt@stemfellowship.org


Can students from different schools form a team?

Yes. Your team does not necessarily have to represent the school at which you are studying. Students from different schools can form a team as long as they are able to find an adult to supervise them and help them complete the registration process.

If your team does not have enough members, we recommend joining our social discord server and making a post: https://discord.gg/cAmw9V9pkZ

Is it mandatory for a Team Leader to be a physics teacher?

No. The Team Leader can be an adult who has adequate knowledge of physics and can help the team. However, we encourage students to reach out to their school physics teamer first as they are likely the one that can help their students the best.

Do I have to pay a fee to compete in the CaYPT?

Yes. A successful registration would normally require a registration fee for your team which covers both days. The fee helps the committee cover venue, food and juror costs to ensure you and your team have the best competition experience.

The registration can be paid by sending an e-transfer to info@stemfellowship.org.

For more registration details, please visit the CaYPT 2024 Registration Page.

I live far from Toronto and can not come to the physical location on the competition days. Is there any other options available to me?

There is a different system in order to allow for equal accessibility to all students who are interested in participating. This system will be a hybrid of in-person and online competition, where the participants will engage very interactively between in-person competitors and online competitors. The competition will not separate teams according to their regions. Please note that Southern ontario-based teams are expected to attend in person.

CaYPT 2024 will be in the in-person online hybrid format.

How do I prepare for the CaYPT?

Firstly, you should carefully study the structure of CaYPT by reading the rules and regulations while watch videos of previous IYPT Physics Fights in order to clearly understand what happens.

Secondly, you should work on CaYPT problems published on our website by doing research, actively communicating with your peers and asking your Team Leader for help. Some research resources can be found in our Student Resources section. You can also arrange a meeting with one of our experienced mentors to get some academic advice and guidance. Signup forms are available on the CaYPT 2024 main page.

Once you have finished working on your problems, you can create a PowerPoint presentation and practice presenting in front of your team members and teacher because you will want to communicate complex problems in a confident and understandable manner in front of the jurors. Having a Physics Match role play may help you better understand the competition structure and hone your presentation skills. Lastly, you should have all your materials ready before the tournament date, go to bed early and appear on stage with the fullest energy.

What are the problems of the current CaYPT?

Eery year, we publish 10 new problem for next years CaYPT. The CaYPT 2024 problems can be found here. It is highly recommended that you have the solutions to every problem. However, due to time constraints, we understand that sometimes that is not possible. The rules allow for the rejection of up to one problem per group. Therefore, you only need to have the solutions to eight out of the ten questions.

I'm a post secondary school student, can I compete?

No. CaYPT and IYPT are only open to secondary school students. If you are currently in your 4th year of study towards a degree in physics, you may participate as a juror.

I'm a student from Quebec, and I'm currently in 2nd year of CEGEP, can I compete?

Yes, 2nd year CEGEP students are permitted to participate in the CaYPT. Any students who have not entered university may participate in the CaYPT.

I'm an international student studying at a Canadian high school can I participate in the CaYPT?

International students can compete in the national competition. However, only Canadian citizens and permanent residents are eligible to be on the Canadian national team for the IYPT.

I'm supervising my students for CaYPT, how can I ensure my stduents perform their expriments safely?

When the CaYPT Problem Selection Committee chooses the 10 CaYPT problems from the 17 IYPT problems, safety is a major consideration. Most of the problems can be done with only common household items and is generally safe.

We recommend that supervisors give students a simple safety training similar to one given in high school labs.