SYPT 2021 Format

 

In 2019, a new category of competition, the Poster Presentation, has been included in SYPT to encourage teams to continue working on the SYPT problems at different levels.

Teams of 3 students will undergo a shortlisting selection before they are selected to participate in the Main Fight or Poster Presentation. The number of teams participating in the various categories may vary from year to year up to the discretion of the jurors. 

top 8 teams (max. 10)

Team presents 2 problems and opposes 2 problems

Gold: 1st & 2nd

Silver: 3rd - 5th

Bronze: 6th - 8th

Finals

Each team presents to a panel of jurors their solutions to 1 main problem + 2 other problems in category list

remaining teams

Team presents 1 problem in poster format (this can be the problem used for Shortlisting)

Certificates of Distinction, Merit, Participation

Requirements for citation of sources used

 

Jurors must be able to clearly distinguish the team's original work from the work of others.

Teams are responsible for making clear distinctions between their own work and work that has been re-used/ existing research, such as by clearly citing all sources used during the presentation on the respective slide. Not doing so may result not only in a lower score but potentially also a disciplinary procedure in cases that shall be considered as plagiarism.

 
 

Shortlisting

Change to format

 

Shortlisting for SYPT 2021 will be held online.

Teams will record a 12 minute presentation video comprising:

  • 10 minutes oral presentation (83%) to a panel of jurors on one main problem, and

  • 2 minutes of discussion (17%)  on the progress of any 2 other problems in the registered Category*. 

Subsequently, teams will participate in a 10-15 min Q&A session with a panel of jurors regarding their presentation through Zoom on either 16th Jan (Cat B) or 23rd Jan (Cat A). Click here for more details on the format.

  • The problems may be chosen from any of the SYPT problems in the registered Category (click here for the list of problems).

  • For schools with more than one team, the main problem presented by each team MUST be different. This applies across Categories as well. 

*Category A - for participants in JC1 / IP5 / PU1 (or equivalent) and below, as of 2020;

 Category B - for participants in Sec 3 / IP3 (or equivalent) and below, as of 2020.

Click here for scoring guidelines.

 

Register here by 20 Nov 2020 (schools are advised to indicate interest by 30 Sep 2020 to receive reference materials).

Click here for important information about the requirements for citation of sources used.

 

Main Fight

​In light of COVID-19 concerns, the finals for SYPT 2021 will be held online via Zoom. Regardless, while the venue has been shifted to an online setting, the format remains unchanged. All attendees, including teachers, trainers, participants, and audience members, will be required to pre-register. Registration and log-in details will be disseminated to the teachers-in-charge of each school at a later date. If you wish to attend this event as an audience member, please approach your school's teacher-in-charge, if applicable, or send an email to nicholas_WONG@moe.gov.sg.

As with previous years, teams will still present 2 problems and oppose 2 problems in the category list. This can include the problems used during Shortlisting. Problems will be based on IYPT challenge rules.

Details on the rules and guidelines for the online event can be found here.

Scoring guidelines can be found here.

Click here for important information about the requirements for citation of sources used.

The format for each fight is as follows: 

Order of Main Physics Fight (PF)

Reserved Time (min)

Opponent challenges the Reporter. Reporter team captain accepts or rejects the challenge (Only for Main Fights. Mini-fights problems are pre-determined, so step not required.)

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A team may reject the challenge of three different problems without penalty. From then on, every subsequent rejection will result in drop of coefficient of 0.2 (starting from 3.0).

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The problems that an opponent cannot challenge will be informed by the chief juror in the room. Problems cannot be challenged if :

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  (a) presented by the opponent earlier; (b) opposed by the opponent earlier;

  (c) presented by the reporter earlier; (d) rejected by the reporter earlier.

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There must be at least 2 problems left to challenge, otherwise the conditions are released in the order a, b, c, d.

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The Reporter prepares his/her presentation

2

The Reporter presents the proposed solution to the problem 

10

The Opponent orally questions the Reporter

2

The Opponent prepares his/her presentation

4

The Opponent takes the floor and leads an oral discussion with the Reporter within 5 minute of taking the floor

12

The Opponent takes the floor to summarise the discussion

1

Final concluding remarks from the Reporter

1

Questions from jurors

10

All jurors write initial comments and scores for Reporter and Opponent

5

Open scoring (Chief juror requests all jurors to reveal their scores to everyone and request jurors with highest and lowest score to comment)

5

 

Poster Presentation

Teams will prepare a presentation video on one (1) of the problems from the Category list. This can be the same problem that was used for shortlisting.

  • The video must be less than 8 minutes in length.

  • As the presentation will be done in a video format, the presentation need not necessarily include a poster. The video may be accompanied by ppt slides or any other suitable presentation forms.

  • Teams are advised that they will be judged on a clear presentation that focuses on correct key physics theory that explains the phenomenon.

 

On the day of the Finals, teams will have a 7-minute Q&A session by the jurors in the SYPT Finals zoom meeting.

 

All attendees, including teachers, trainers, participants, and audience members, will be required to pre-register. Registration and log-in details will be disseminated to the teachers-in-charge of each school at a later date. If you wish to attend this event as an audience member, please approach your school's teacher-in-charge, if applicable, or send an email to nicholas_WONG@moe.gov.sg.

 

Click here for the scoring guidelines.

Click here for important information about the requirements for citation of sources used.