The Apparatus Competition was established to recognize, reward, and publicize worthwhile contributions to physics teaching through demonstration and experiment.
With huge advances in technology, many physics apparatus are now commercially available. But even with these advances,physics research still requires the inventive spirit of designing and building experimental apparatus one's self.
Whether developed to pique the interest of students, used in lecture and demonstration, or simply used to help teach physics in new or fascinating ways, teachers are continually engineering apparatus to aid physics instruction. The Apparatus Competition is where teachers can share their apparatus with others.
The Competition is held annually during AAPT's summer meeting and is open to all members. Entries to the competition are screened according to the selection criteria below.
Criteria for Entry
There are two categories of entrants:
Participants may enter a single apparatus in both categories, provided that the criteria for both categories are met.
PASCO scientific generously provided cash prizes to the creators of the 2012 winning entries. The 2012 awards available for the Introductory Laboratory category were:
*Award winners are determined by the competition judges. First prize is always awarded; not all other prizes are necessarily awarded.
Entry Forms for Apparatus Competition: Both Unlimited Cost and Low Cost Category
Important Dates in 2014
Notify Dave Maiullo of your intention to enter the 2014 Apparatus Competition and any services required to display your apparatus. Obtain an official application packet with entry form, rules of eligibility and judging, safety guidelines, and competition requirements (via email ).
Complete entry materials are due. The late entries may be accepted provided space available. Late entries might not be published in the onsite list of apparatus.
July 28 - 29
During PIRA Resource Room hours - Apparatus viewing by meeting attendees.
By 10 a.m. - Removal of apparatus.
To obtain more information about the competition, contact Dave Maiullo (Competition Coordinator) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Previous Entries and Winners
This competition is sponsored by the AAPT Committee on Apparatus and has been generously supported by PASCO scientific.