Junior Physics Challenge Online
This is aimed at Year 10 (UK), although we do allow Year 9 and Year 11 participants.
Please see some sample questions here: Sample Questions
Registering your school: (This is for use by teachers only.) Teachers need to register for the Competitions Platform by going to Teacher registration
When to take the test: The Junior Physics Challenge 2024 will take place between Friday 26th April - Friday 17th May 2024. The competition consists of two, 25-minute online tests, each of 30 questions, that can be sat continuously or on two separate occasions. The two sections are taken in school under staff-supervised conditions at any time convenient during the competition dates. A desktop or laptop is needed for this exam. iPads can be used but the system is not optimised for small or touch screens. Calculators, pens and paper should be available.
Sitting the Competition
Prizes: Schools will be able to conduct the Junior Physics Challenge in whatever way best suits their pupils, ensuring that they enjoy participating and have a reasonable expectation of recognition for their achievements. Schools will be encouraged to award their own prizes and to make use of certificates provided for them.
Further details: The Junior Physics Challenge competition is designed to engage and challenge students of all abilities by offering them a range of problems to solve. Although most of the questions are based around the current GCSE curriculum, students will be able to gain more marks if they have a general knowledge in physics as well as taking a keen interest in practical work in lessons. The key aim is that students enjoy taking part and are encouraged to do more physics. They do not need to cover technical topics outside the syllabus, but they might be shown some pictures of famous physicists and asked to identify one (Hawking, Galileo or Newton for example). Some general knowledge and everyday interest in physics would be an advantage. The purpose is to be fun for the student and to be inclusive rather than discriminating between very able candidates.
The report and grade boundaries are downloadable from the Competitions platform