British Physics Olympiad Junior Physics Challenge (Year 10)

Junior Physics Challenge (Year 10)

The Junior Physics Challenge (formerly Year 10 Physics Challenge) is open to students in Year 10 or below. The competition consist of two twenty-five minute online multiple choice papers (30 questions per paper).

The questions will be based on an assortment from Dynamics, Electricity, Optics, Heat, Units, small amounts of Astronomy, Waves, to give the main topics. Some questions are done by a process of elimination, some are general knowledge and not classroom physics, and some from the school curriculum. It is a Quiz not an exam.

Please see some sample questions here: Sample Questions

Registering your school: Registration is open until 5 pm Tuesday 26th April 2022 (from 3 months before). To order, visit the online store. online entry. (This is for use by teachers only.)

Login details with instructions will be emailed out on Thursday 28th April 2022. This will enable teachers to set the accounts for pupils who wish to participate.

When to taken the test: The Junior Physics Challenge 2022 will take place between Friday 29th April - Wednesday 18th May 2022. The competition consists of two, 25-minute online tests that can be sat continuously or on two separate occasions. The two sections are normally 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

  1. The competition must be run at the same time for the group of students in a class.

  2. The class teacher is needed to control the starting and stopping times for the two sections.

  3. Teachers can run the competition at any time convenient during the competition dates, but keeping their classes as classes and not allowing individuals to participate at separate times.

  4. Students may not have a second go at the competition.

  5. The key issue is to provide a good experience for pupils, ensuring that they enjoy participating and have a reasonable expectation of recognition for their achievements.

  6. Parental supervision is recommended, but may not be possible.

  7. Pupils’ scores are used to set grade boundaries shortly after the close of the competition. Certificates will be sent out to schools automatically. Teachers do not need to do anything further.

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. Their pupils’ scores may be used to offer selected students a place on a one-day workshop in the Department of Physics, University of Oxford. This may take place in 2022 if allowed. 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 physics 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.

Report and Grade Boundaries for May 2020 Competition
Junior Physics Challenge Report.pdf
Junior Physics Challenge boundaries UK 2020.docx

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