AAPT Apparatus Competition

Sponsored by the AAPT Apparatus Committee
Generously supported by PASCO Scientific


Next Competition:

AAPT 2013 Summer Meeting

Portland, Oregon

July 13-17


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 $100)

      2nd Prize  $600                                            Up to six awards of

      3rd  Prize  $200                                                   $100 each

Dates of Interest


June 1   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.


June 15    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            Late entries might not be published in the on-site list of apparatus.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 14, 12:00 pm   Apparatus set-up in Portland (other times by prior arrangement)

July 14, 5:30 pm  Apparatus competition judging (closed to viewing)

July 15-16  Apparatus viewing by meeting attendees

July 17, 10:00 am  Removal of apparatus

Previous Competitions and Entries


2008 Competition (Edmonton, AB)

2007 Competition (Greensboro, NC)

2006 Competition (Syracuse, NY)

2005 Competition (Salt Lake City, UT)

2004 Competition (Sacramento, CA)

2003 Competition (Madison, WI)

2002 Competition (Boise, ID)

2001 Competition (Rochester, NY)

2000 Competition (Guelph, ON)

1999 Competition (San Antonio, TX)

Entry Forms for 2013 Competition


Both Unlimited Cost and Low Cost Category

             Entry Form download (Word)

             Apparatus Description Form download (Word)