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.
If your team does not have enough members, we might be able to pair you up with other students.
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.
In 2021 and 2022 all teams will compete via teleconference.
Firstly, you should carefully study the structure of CaYPT (which is very similar to IYPT) by reading the rules and regulations while 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 Leader for help. Some research resources can be found in our Student Resources section. You can also arrange a meeting with one of our experienced mentors to get some academic advice and guidance. Signup forms are available on the CaYPT 2023 main page.
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 Match role play may help you better understand the competition structure and hone your presentation skills. Lastly, you should have all your materials ready before the tournament date, go to bed early and appear on stage with the fullest energy.
The problems are published on our CaYPT 2023 problems 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 group. Therefore, you only need to have the solutions to eight out of the ten questions.
When the CaYPT Problem Selection Committee chooses the 10 CaYPT problems from the 17 IYPT problems, safety is a major consideration. Most of the problems can be done with only common household items and is generally safe.
We recommend that supervisors give students a simple safety training similar to one given in high school labs. Students and supervisors are strongly encourages to read the safety information provided on the CaYPT 2023 problems page.