The International Physics Tournament
About the program
Each year, Weizmann hosts the greatest safe-cracking competition known to high schoolers - The Annual International Physics Tournament. Juniors and seniors in high schools form teams and take on the challenge: Build a safe that only your team can open, and then try to open the safes of all the other teams.

Each team builds a locked box that operates on the principles of physics, able to be opened by you in less than five minutes, but that will keep opponents stumped for at least 10 minutes.

Students from all over the world compete in regional semi-finals for the chance to represent their country at the International tournament final. Here in Canada, our semi-final tournament takes place each February.

Winning Canadian teams then participate in the final competiton hosted by the Weizmann Institute of Science through the Davidson Institute of Science Education. Entries are scored by a panel of judges, not only for being pick-proof, but also for aesthetics and originality. Teams get added points for every safe they manage to crack.

Please note: Due to the ongoing war in Israel, the 2024 tournament final will take place online.

Audience: 11th -12th grade students from Canada with an interest in physics.

Date: The Canadian semifinals will take place virtually by providing a video of your team’s safe.

How: Registration may be submitted by teachers/mentors only. We encourage students who want to participate in the tournament to appeal to their teachers.

Contact [email protected] for more information about this exciting opportunity!

(Maximum 2 teams per school)

Apply now!

Submit your application form here

The Canadian semifinals will take place virtually by submitting videos.

Four winning teams from Canada take part in the global competition online on April 9.

For more information please contact:

1-800-387-3894 or [email protected]

Important Links:
Safe idea form
Archive of past tournaments
Good safe idea vs. bad safe idea – example

For additional information, please view the International Tournament Page

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