The “Safe Cracking” International Physics Tournament
Learning is one thing. Exploring is quite another
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Imagine standing in front of a strongbox (a "safe") containing lasers, wires, magnets, and a fan. You have 10 minutes to open it, and the clock is ticking! Can you crack the code and unlock the safe? The Shalhevet Freier International "Safe-Cracking" Physics Tournament is your chance to prove you have what it takes.
The tournament aims to encourage the basic understanding of scientific principles and the development of original ideas by which to implement these principles.
This competition is the highlight event of Israeli physics students nationwide, and schools chosen to participate in it pick their teams about six months prior to the tournament. Students who are part of these teams are tasked with designing, building and operating a locking mechanism for a safe that is based on the different principles of physics. This mechanism must be sophisticated enough to be impossible to open without deciphering the physics principles behind it.
As part of this 48-hour tournament, dozens of teams comprising high school seniors – physics majors from all over the world – will face off in a race to crack each other's safes.
The 2021 International Physics Tournament will be held at the Davidson Institute of Science Education at the Weizmann Institute of Science on March 16-17, 2021.
National tournaments will be held this year in Canada, the UK, Slovenia, and Argentina.
- Guidelines and criteria of the tournament
- Guidelines for Designing and Building the Safe
- List of topics for the safe’s physics concept
- International Tournament Score Determination
- Guidelines for the teacher/mentor
11th -12th grade students from Israel and abroad, who study advanced level physics. Registration may be submitted by physics teachers/mentors only.
The two-day international tournament will take place on March 16-17, 2021
You can prepare for the tournament and design the lock mechanism at home or anywhere else you like. The tournament itself will be held at the Davidson Institute of Science Education at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. Please follow the updates regarding an alternative virtual tournament.
USD $450 per person (including the chaperone).
In the event of a virtual tournament the cost will be adjusted to USD $200 per team
Registration may be submitted by physics teachers/mentors only. We encourage students who want to participate in the tournament to appeal to their teachers.