Physics Field Day

Pictured: Last year’s winners. From left to right: First place – Brandon Shockley, second place – Nate Lee, third place – Jacob Bell

Physics Field Day is a high school physics competition run by SPS. This year, it will be held on Saturday, April 15th, in the Howey physics building. The competition will consist of a two hour written test with multiple choice and free response sections followed by a back of the envelope portion (this portion will consist of timed Fermi problems, more information here). The test will be algebra based and AP style, and will be a good way to prep for the actual exam.  The first three places will receive prizes. Last year the prizes included a boxed

Registration for the competition can be found hereand is $25. Registration includes a t-shirt, lunch, and access to the rest of the planned activities. You are welcome to sign up at the door!

Day of: The competition will take place in the Howey physics building. Please arrive at the Howey lecture halls entrance (East entrance) by 10:00. You can park for free in the upper Howey lot if the gates are open, otherwise the lower lot is $2/hr.

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Elizabeth Lee at or Silas Fradley at


9:00 – 10:00 AM: Check-in

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Written Test

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Lunch, SPS Meet and Greet, and Spark, Spin, and Freeze (concurrent)

1:00 – 2:00 PM: Campus and Invention Studio Tours

2:00 – 3:00 PM: Keynote Speaker: Professor Deirdre Shoemaker, the Director of the Center for Relativistic Astrophysics

3:00 – 4:00 PM: Lab Tours from Professor Flavio Fenton (Biophysics) and Professor John Wise (Cosmology)

4:00 PM: Awards