The individual competitions are now offered to Grades 1 - 4, Grades 5 - 8, and Grades 9 - 12 and will cover strictly general science. Some problems can be quantitative (so bring a calculator), but can also require common sense. This year we are awarding prizes equivalent to $25, $50, $75 and $100, each of which will be given to the individual winners of the Challenges. Anyone can enter and compete, however only K-12 students (regular or home-schooled) are eligible for awards. The top three scorers from grades K-12 will win in each contest. Many Honorable Mention Awards in the form of books will also be given. If you are a K-12 student, please be prepared to furnish a student ID. For practice, download a sample problem set.
Unlike the Challenge, Bowl contests are team competitions resembling an "It's Academic" format. The contests will be offered to the same grade levels as the Challenge (grades 1 - 4, 5 - 8 and 9 - 12) and will also cover strictly general science. Each team can have up to four players, all of whom must be K-12 students. Multiple teams compete simultaneously. Students from lower grades may enter an upper grade contest but not in the reverse. Winning prizes include trophies for the schools of the students’ teams and certificates of accomplishment to the individual students as well as various other prizes. Click here for sample Bowl questions.
Since the Bowl contests are each limited to 30 teams, please try to pre-register. You can send an email to email@example.com or print this Form and fax or mail it to:
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
Johns Hopkins University
3400 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218
Phone: 410-516-7346 / Fax: 410-516-7239
Registering on-site is possible (it closes at 11:25 am), but only if the maximum number of teams has not already been reached. (If you have any questions, please call Pam.)
During the Fair, hundreds of demonstrations will be set up throughout the Bloomberg building. Exhibits will be grouped by area and are in separate rooms. In addition, tours of the building will stop by several research labs and demonstrate the use of some of the most advanced research tools.
Follow the trail through the Fair and solve physics mysteries! Start with a list of questions, and walk around the demos in Bloomberg to find the answers. Anybody can enter, and anybody who answers many questions correctly will win a prize.
This competition will let visitors use materials supplied by JHU for a construction project appropriate for kids as well as great grand parents.
Two amazing demo shows performed by a Johns Hopkins Professor Peter Armitage. See and understand physics principles in action! This is a MUST SEE event.
The Maryland Space Grant Observatory will be open. Visitors will be able to observe sun spots and activity of the sun's corona using a special filter.
Detailed directions with maps.
Below is a map of the campus including the Bloomberg building, home of the Physics Fair. The parking lots are indicated by red arrows. Note that North is to the right!
Below is a detailed map of the area surrounding the Bloomberg building (Department of Physics and Astronomy) and the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI). Both Bloomberg and STScI's parking lots are reserved for Physics Fair visitors.
The parking structure has three levels. Each level uses a different entrance along San Martin Drive (as indicated on the map). The top-level (Physics and Astronomy Dept. Lot) is accessed from a driveway a few hundred feet north of STScI. The entrances to the STScI Lot are across the street from STScI (which is the beige brick building on the west side of San Martin Drive). Both lots will be open for Physcis Fair parking.