AAPT Apparatus Competition

Sponsored by the AAPT Apparatus Committee
Generously supported by PASCO Scientific

Next Competition:
AAPT 2009 Summer Meeting
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
July 25-July 29

General Information

Held during each summer meeting of the AAPT.

Participants do not need to be AAPT members, nor do they need to be present to win.

Participants may ship their apparatus to the meeting if they are not able to attend the meeting.

Apparatus is either new in design or a modification of an existing design.

Apparatus is not commercially available.

The specifics of the apparatus have not been published.

Participants may enter a single apparatus in both categories provided that the criteria for both categories is met.


Complete rules

Judging Guidelines

Categories and Prizes

Unlimited Cost Category                                   Low Cost Category

      1st  Prize  $1000                                 (Apparatus built for less than $65)

      2nd Prize  $600                                            Up to six awards of

      3rd  Prize  $200                                                   $100 each

Dates of Interest

June-July   Notify competition director of your intention to enter the competition,
        obtain an official entry form, and Submit the size of your entry and required
        services for the display of your apparatus.

July 1    Complete entry materials are due.  Late entries are accepted provided space is
            available and the competition director is notified prior to departure for the meeting. 
            Late entries might not be published in the on-site list of apparatus.

July 26, Time TBA   Apparatus set-up in Ann Arbor (other times by prior arrangement)

July 26, Time TBA   Apparatus competition judging (closed to viewing)

July 27-July 29,   Apparatus viewing by meeting attendees

July 29, noon   Removal of apparatus

Previous Competitions and Entries