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American Association of Physics Teachers High School Physics Photo Contest


Sponsored by American Association of Physics Teachers and Vernier Software and Technology

Contact:Tommi Holsenbeck
AAPT High School Physics Photo Contest
PO Box 82
Mt. Meigs, AL 36057

Phone: 301.209.3311; 301.209.3340 (For registration questions)
Email: (For contest inquiries); (For registration questions)
Description:For many years, the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) High School Physics Photo Contest has provided teachers and students an opportunity to learn about the physics behind natural and contrived situations by creating visual and written illustrations of various physical concepts. Students compete in an international arena with more than 1,000 of their peers for recognition and prizes.

Sponsored in part by Vernier Software and Technology and supported by the Committee on Physics in High Schools and the Committee on Educational Technologies, the contest is open to high school students in grades 9 through 12. Entries are limited to 15 per school each year.

Photos may be entered in one of two categories: (1) natural photos are those that involve everyday situations that may demonstrate a variety of physics concepts; and (2) contrived photos are those that are set up to show a particular physics concept or related set of concepts. Photos with multiple images or other computer manipulation will be placed in a separate category. They may be displayed at the national meeting and judged for special recognition ribbons, but not for prizes.

Photos are judged on the quality of the photo and the accuracy of the physics in the explanation that accompanies the photograph. Judging of the photos is done in two stages.
1. A committee of physics teachers selects the top 100 photos from the total entries received (scoring approximately 40 percent essay and 60 percent photograph).
2. The top 100 photos (50 contrived, 50 natural, plus any chosen with multiple Images) are displayed and judged at the next AAPT summer meeting to determine the final winners.
Eligibility:Public, Private, Charter
Award(s):Winning entries receive awards as follows: first-place student receives $100 and a certificate, second-place student receives $75 and a certificate, and third-place student receives $50 and a certificate. Teachers of first-, second-, and third-place students each receive a $100 gift certificate from Vernier and a certificate.
Deadline(s):Entries are accepted March 1 to May 15, annually.
Grade Level(s):9-12
Content Area(s): Science
21st Century
Themes and Skills:
Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Innovation
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