Physics Field Day is a high school physics competition hosted by the SPS. Parts of the event will challenge your abilities in experimentation; others in approximation. The written section is designed to emulate the AP Physics exam and a great way to study!



The physics field day winners of 2015. From left to right: First place – Brandon Shockley, second place – Nate Lee, third place – Jacob Bell


The competition will begin with a two hour written exam composed of multiple choice and free response questions. This will be followed by a ‘back of the envelope’ section consisting of timed Fermi Problems. After lunch there will be a hands on, experimental competition. The qualitative portions will be algebra based and AP style, and as such will be a good way to prepare for the actual exam.

We have had a total of $300 in prizes to give away in past years!

Following the testing, we have had presentations from experts in astrophysics, atomic physics, and biophysics, lab tours, and more!

The competition is now officially cancelled. We will initiate the refunding process if you have already paid. Sorry for the inconvenience and we will see you next year




8:00 – 8:30 AM: Check-in & T-shirt Distribution L2
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM: Introductions and Opening Ceremony L2
9:00 AM – 11:00 PM: Mock AP Test L2
11:00 AM – 11:15 AM: Snack Break
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM: Fermi Test L2
12:00 – 1:00 PM: Lunch and Student Research Presentation L2
1:00 – 2:30 PM: Experimental Round L2
2:30 – 3:15 PM: Keynote Speaker L2
3:15 – 4:00 PM: Lab Tours TBA
4:00 PM – 4:45 PM: Snacks and Student Research Presentation L2
4:45 PM – 5:00 PM: Awards Ceremony L2

Past Exams