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About Copernicus Physics And Astronomy Olympiad

Physics and astronomy are not merely academic disciplines; they are the cornerstones of our understanding of the universe and the forces that govern it. Physics delves into the fundamental laws of nature, unraveling the mysteries of how matter, energy, and the fundamental forces of the universe interact. Astronomy, on the other hand, peers into the vast expanse of the cosmos, revealing the breathtaking beauty and complexity of celestial objects while offering insights into the origin and fate of our universe. Together, these fields provide us with a profound perspective on our place in the cosmos and the tools to address some of the most pressing questions about the nature of reality.

Competitions that test knowledge in physics and astronomy serve a pivotal role in education and society. The goal of Copernicus Physics and Astronomy Olympiad is to encourage students to delve deeper into these subjects, fostering a love for learning and intellectual curiosity. The Copernicus Physics and Astronomy Olympiad hone critical thinking and problem-solving skills by pitting young minds against challenging problems and encouraging teamwork. Moreover, this competition creates a platform for budding scientists and astronomers to showcase their talents and innovations, ultimately nurturing the next generation of thinkers who will shape the future of science and technology. In a world increasingly reliant on scientific advancements, fostering expertise in physics and astronomy through competition is not just valuable; it’s essential for the progress and well-being of humanity.

Copernicus Physics And Astronomy Olympiad Mechanics

  • The Copernicus Physics and Astronomy Olympiad is an international event that is open to students from Grade 7 to 12.
  • It is divided into two rounds – the Preliminary Round and the Global Round.
  • Students can register to the event through an online registration via Copernicus Olympiad website or via official country representatives.
  • All registered participants will take the online qualifying exam for the Preliminary Round which will be held on September 23-24 and October 14-15, 2023.

The online qualifying exam has 25 multiple choice questions that will be administered for 60 minutes. Students must choose the online qualifying exam from the category they belong to. The categories are as follows:

  • Category 1 – Grade 7 and 8
  • Category 2 – Grade 9 and 10
  • Category 3 – Grade 11 and 12
  • The Preliminary Round exam is all about Physics and Astronomy with sub-topics indicated in the syllabus provided.
  • Students who get at least 40% in the qualifying exam become eligible to participate the Global Round.
  • Regardless of score, all participants of Preliminary Round will receive a Certificate of Participation.
  • Students who qualify for the Global Round will be awarded with a Certificate of Achievement and a medal according to the score they got in the Preliminary Round exam.
  • 40% to 49% – Honorable Mention Certificate
  • 50% to 74% – Bronze Medal
  • 75% to 90% – Silver Medal + 5% off in the Global Round registration fees
  • 91% to 100% – Gold Medal + 10% off in the Global Round registration fees
  • Qualifiers to the Global Round must register again to the website or through official country representatives to indicate important travel documentation.
  • The Global Round will be held between January 7 and 11, 2024 in Houston Texas.
  • The Global Round is a combination of exam, interactive challenges, and tour quizzes.
  • The Global Round Exam consists of 25 multiple choice questions about Physics and Astronomy, with subtopics listed in the syllabus.
  • The Global Round Exam consists of 25 multiple choice questions about Physics and Astronomy, with subtopics listed in the syllabus. ○ The Interactive Challenges are as follows:
    • Problem-Solving Challenge is a set of different physics games and puzzles to feed the interests of the young minds. It is basically a fun and exciting segment during the event, with the application of the learning in different fields of science.
    • On-the-Spot Challenge is the part of the competition that is composed of impromptu challenges that allow students to put into practice their knowledge on astronomy. This provides an opportunity to learn astronomy in a more tangible way.

Note that students have an option to do the interactive challenge individually or by team. There could only be a maximum of 3 students per team and students must belong to the same grade level groupings. Should students decide to group together, their team score will be their individual score at the end of the challenge.

  • The Tour Quizzes are 5 to 10 item questions that students will answer as they visit various educational places as part of the Physics and Astronomy Olympiad tour package.
  • To determine the winners, scores of participants for each round will be gathered and computed based on the given percentages. Take note that scores will be computed individually.
  • Global Round Exam = 80%
  • Interactive Challenges = 10%
  • Tour Quizzes = 10%
  • Total = 100%

Syllabus Of The Physics And Astronomy Olympiad

Syllabus Physics Astronomy

Category 1 (Grade 7 and 8)

  • Solar system
  • The Sun
  • Moon, asteroids, and planets
  • Asteroid belt and Kuiper belt
  • Celestial motions
  • Day and night, seasons, and moon phases
  • Eclipses
  • Stars and their characteristics
  • Constellations and their cultural significance
  • Life cycle of stars
  • Types of galaxies
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Meteor showers
  • Auroras
  • Solar system
  • The Sun
  • Moon, asteroids, and planets
  • Asteroid belt and Kuiper belt
  • Celestial motions
  • Day and night, seasons, and moon phases
  • Eclipses
  • Stars and their characteristics
  • Constellations and their cultural significance
  • Life cycle of stars
  • Types of galaxies
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Meteor showers
  • Auroras

Category 1 (Grade 7 and 8)

  • Solar system
  • The Sun
  • Moon, asteroids, and planets
  • Asteroid belt and Kuiper belt
  • Celestial motions
  • Day and night, seasons, and moon phases
  • Eclipses
  • Stars and their characteristics
  • Constellations and their cultural significance
  • Life cycle of stars
  • Types of galaxies
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Meteor showers
  • Auroras
  • Solar system
  • The Sun
  • Moon, asteroids, and planets
  • Asteroid belt and Kuiper belt
  • Celestial motions
  • Day and night, seasons, and moon phases
  • Eclipses
  • Stars and their characteristics
  • Constellations and their cultural significance
  • Life cycle of stars
  • Types of galaxies
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Meteor showers
  • Auroras

Category 1 (Grade 7 and 8)

  • Solar system
  • The Sun
  • Moon, asteroids, and planets
  • Asteroid belt and Kuiper belt
  • Celestial motions
  • Day and night, seasons, and moon phases
  • Eclipses
  • Stars and their characteristics
  • Constellations and their cultural significance
  • Life cycle of stars
  • Types of galaxies
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Meteor showers
  • Auroras
  • Solar system
  • The Sun
  • Moon, asteroids, and planets
  • Asteroid belt and Kuiper belt
  • Celestial motions
  • Day and night, seasons, and moon phases
  • Eclipses
  • Stars and their characteristics
  • Constellations and their cultural significance
  • Life cycle of stars
  • Types of galaxies
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Meteor showers
  • Auroras