About the SYPT

The Singapore Young Physicists’ Tournament (SYPT) is a competition among teams of students in their ability to solve complicated physics problems, to present solutions to these problems in a convincing way, and to defend them in scientific discussions called Physics Fights.

The competition seeks to bring students through a process of what real physicists do, from research to modelling to experimentation and finally to an oral defence before peers and experts. The SYPT provides opportunities to develop our budding physicists and promotes a new and exciting way in the learning of physics. The members of the team to represent Singapore at the next International Young Physicists’ Tournament (IYPT) will be selected from the participants of the SYPT.

The IYPT International Organising Committee (IOC) decides on 17 problems to be used for the tournament. These problems involve different aspects of Physics and are often related to phenomena that confront us in our everyday lives. The IYPT problems are deliberately formulated in an open-ended way, and cannot be solved within a short time using standard methods in an examination.

The challenge of the IYPT is not only to prepare a scientifically good and correct solution, but also to present this solution in a convincing way and to respond spontaneously to the criticisms and solutions of the other teams. This learning model is close to the actual process of science from framing a question to investigating possible solutions to proposing and defending the final solution.

The SYPT is a scaled-down and modified version of the IYPT, making use of the IYPT problems. The problems for SYPT 2017 can be found by clicking here.

As Singapore will be hosting the IYPT for the first time at NUS from 5 to 14 July 2017, it’s a good time to promote SYPT competition. We have made the following changes to promote SYPT competition to encourage more schools to participate in SYPT 2017.

Changes to SYPT 2017 competition

  • Increase the number of silver and bronze awards for SYPT from 2 to 3 (Gold: 1st & 2nd, Silver: 3rd to 5th, Bronze*: 6th to 8th). A minimum cumulative score of 200 (based on 5 jurors for 4 fights) is required for Bronze.
  • Teams with good presentation for the selection problem but not selected for final may be awarded with special mention award based on juror decision. No award will be given if no teams meet the standards set by the juror.
  • All the participating teams who are selected for SYPT will be assigned an advisor. Schools can contact the advisors for consultation. To avoid conflict of interest, these advisors will not judge in the category they are advising.
  • Workshop for SYPT will be conducted (date and venue to be confirmed)

Dates for SYPT 2017

SYPT 2017 will consist of 2 categories:
Category A – for participants in JC 2 (or equivalent) and below, as of 2017;
Category B – for participants in Sec 4 (or equivalent) and below, as of 2017.

Event Dates
SYPT 2017 Briefing @ NUS LT26 5 Aug 2016
SYPT Training 3 Sep 2016
SYPT 2017 Cat B shortlisting 12 Nov 2016
SYPT 2017 Cat A shortlisting 19 Nov 2016
SYPT 2017 Cat B final 14 Jan 2017
SYPT 2017 Cat A final 21 Jan 2017

Results of 2016 SYPT Cat A
Gold, Champion – NUSH Team 1
Gold – RI Team 1
Silver – RI Team 2, NUSH team 2
Bronze – HCI Team 1, YJC
Commendation – RVHS Team 1, RVHS Team 2

Results of 2016 SYPT Cat B
Gold, Champion – NUSH Team 1
Gold –  RI Team 1
Silver – RI Team 2, NUSH Team 2
Bronze – HCI Team 1, NYGH Team 2
Commendation – RVHS Team 1, ACS Team 1


Results of 2015 SYPT Cat A
Gold – NUSH Team 1
Silver – RI Team 2
Bronze – NUSH Team 2, RI Team 1, HCI Team 2
Participation – RVHS Team 2, HCI Team 1, ACJC Team 2

Results of 2015 SYPT Cat B
Gold – RI Team 2
Silver – NUSH Team 1
Bronze – RI Team 1, NUSH Team 2, RVHS Team 1
Participation – HCI Team 1, NYGH Team 1, HCI Team 2


Results of 2014 SYPT Cat A
Gold – NUSH Team 1
Silver – RI Team 1
Bronze – RI Team 2, NUSH Team 2
Participation – ACSI, HCI, RVHHS Team 1, RVHS Team 2

Results of 2014 SYPT Cat B
Gold – NUSH Team 1
Silver – RI Team 1
Bronze – RI Team 2, NUSH Team 2
Participation – RVHS Team 1, NYGH, RVHS Team 2, ZHS


Results of 2013 SYPT Cat A
Gold – ACSI Team 1
Silver – RI Team 2
Bronze – HCI Team 1, RI Team 1
Participation – NUSH Team 1, HCI Team 2, NUSH Team 2, ACSI Team 2

Results of 2013 SYPT Cat B
Gold – RI Team 2
Silver – RI Team 1
Bronze – NUS Team 1, RGS
Participation – RVHS Team 2, ACSI Team 1, RVHS Team 1, ACSI Team 2


Results of 2012 SYPT Cat A
Gold – RI Team 2
Silver – RI Team 1
Bronze – HCI Team 1, ACS Team 1
Participation – HCI Team 2, NUSH, ACS Team 2, RVHS

Results of 2012 SYPT Cat B
Gold – RI
Silver – NUSH
Bronze – NYGH Team 2, ACS
Participation – RVHS Team 1, ZSS, NYGH Team 1, RVHS Team 2


Results of 2011 SYPT Cat A
Gold – RI Team 2
Silver – RI Team 1
Bronze – RVHS, HCI Team 2
Participation – ACSI, NUSH, HCI Team 1, ACJC

Results of 2011 SYPT Cat B
Gold – RI Team 1
Silver – RI Team 2
Bronze – NGHS, NUSH Team 1
Participation – NUSH Team 2, ZSS, RVHS, NJC


Results of 2010 SYPT Cat A
Gold – RI Team 1
Silver – RI Team 2
Bronze – ACSI, NUSH
Participation – HCI Team 2, RGS Team 2, HCI Team 1, TJC, RGS Team 1, ACS Team 2

Results of 2010 SYPT Cat B
Gold – RI Team 1
Silver – RI Team 2
Bronze – NYGH, HCI Team 2
Participation – RVHS Team 2, RVHS Team 1, HCI Team 1, SCGS

* The award of Gold, Silver and Bronze is dependent on the regulations of SYPT for that year as decided by the SYPT Committee.

 




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