Explorer Competition

What is it?

Every year, hundreds of high school-level students from around the globe form teams and compete by responding to an open-ended research-based assignment containing questions inspired by groundbreaking discoveries in physics, and submit their work after a week-long period in the form of a report. This event is called the Physics Unlimited Explorer Competition. This year's cycle of PUEC is taking place now through January 27, 2020.

Register now!

Registration is still open! Please follow this link to complete the registration form for your team (only one person/team needs to do so) anytime before the submission deadline of your work on January 27.


The .pdf of the assignment is accessible here. This year's assignment is an open-ended invitation to build a model for orbital resonance and draft a paper based on several requirements and guidelines. The submission deadline of your work is Monday, January 27.

All team members would need to submit a form - to be made available on January 26 - with a few brief questions and a small participation fee, both to ensure they have each contributed to the team's effort and to help us understand what each student learned from the creative experience. Please see the instructions within the packet for more details and enjoy the process!

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The 2018 Explorer Competition consisted of a two-part assignment, with one section on quantum mechanics and one section on statistical mechanics. Please see this page to view the assignment details and results.
Physics Unlimited's inaugural team-based Explorer Competition took place in November/December 2017.
Please see this archived page to view the assignments and results from that event.