Frequently Asked Questions

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 a physics teacher who is willing to help them throughout their preparation and competition phase.

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

No. The Team Leader can be an adult who has adequate knowledge in physics and can help the team.

Do I have to pay a fee to compete at CaYPT?

A successful application requires a registration fee of $250/$300 for your team which covers both days.

Please mail this cheque to:
STEM Fellowship, 24 Weatherstone Cr. Toronto, ON, M2H 1C2
postmarked no later than March 8, 2017.
Once we receive your cheque, we will send out a confirmation email.

I live outside of Ontario and cannot afford to come to the physical location on the competition day. Is there any other option 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 Ontario-based teams are expected to attend in person.

How can I prepare for CaYPT?

Firstly, you should carefully study the structure of CaYPT (which is very similar to IYPT) by examining the CaYPT Brochure and 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 Lead for help. Some research resources can be found in IYPT 2019 Reference Kit. 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 Fight role play may help you better understand the competition structure and hone your presentation skills. Lastly, you should have all you materials ready before the tournament date, go to bed early and appear on stage with fullest energy.  

What are the problems of CaYPT 2019? Do I need to know the solution to every problem to succeed?

The problems are published on our CaYPT 2019 page. 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 Physics Fight. Therefore, you only need to have the solutions to four out of the five questions.

I am a post-secondary student. Can I compete?

No. CaYPT and IYPT are only open to secondary school students.

I am an international student who is studying at a Canadian high school. Can I compete?

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


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February 26, 2017at 4:41 am

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