Queensland Junior Physics Olympiad

7 - 11 July, 2014

What is JPhO?

The Queensland Junior Physics Olympiad (JPhO) is a five day (non-residential) programme for year ten students with an interest in science and mathematics. By presenting physics in a manner that complements senior physics, JPhO aims to develop problem solving skills as well as an appreciation and understanding of physics.

What will I learn?

By attending the 2014 Queensland Junior Physics Olympiad, you will be able to:

  •     Develop your problem solving, critical thinking and communication skills
  •     Learn important principles of physics, preparing you for Senior Physics
  •     Participate in forums with University of Queensland researchers on topics such as quantum physics, special relativity and cosmology
  •     Tour state of the art research centres at the University of Queensland
  •     Talk with university students about study options and life at University
  •     Meet other people with similar interests to you
  •     And even learn to juggle! (And the physics behind it, of course!)

JPhO is about doing physics - forums, workshops, experiments and interactive discussions with your tutors make up most of the week. JPhO students are taught by current University lecturers, and enjoy a student-tutor ratio better than four to one, with the majority of the tutors being University physics students. This extremely high tutor ratio ensures that there is always assistance available, students can work at their own pace, and still have time to ask questions about what they're interested in.

At JPhO, physics is covered in a manner that complements the presentation of senior physics. Lectures and tutorials introduce participants to the formal study of physics, experiments and workshops allow students to experience physics hands-on, while forums and tours of research labs provide students with a venue to explore ideas in modern physics and to see what.

While the JPhO staff consists primarily of undergraduate physics students and former JPhO participants, our tutors come from a wide variety of backgrounds. They include engineering students, education students, postgraduate students, biophysics students, maths students, science communication students and others. During the week participants have a number of opportunities to chat with the tutors about their studies and career options. Students who enjoy the Queensland Junior Physics Olympiad are encouraged to sit the National Qualifying Exam for the Australian Physics Olympiad (APhO). More information can be found on the Australian Science Olympiads web site.

Public Forums

JPhO also includes two evening forums presented by current physics lecturers and researchers. Family and friends are welcome to come along too!

Comments and queries can be sent to jpho@uq.edu.au.