The Physics Extension program provides an opportunity for students to engage in real world investigations through the highly regarded AYPT (Australian Young Physicists’ Tournament) competition.

Students work on open-ended questions and have a unique chance to debate their findings with other competitors who have worked on the same problem. The skills of research, experiment, data analysis, and scientific communication are strongly developed throughout the training for the tournament.

SCBC has performed very well at the AYPT. In 2016, we emerged as national champions. Two of our students, Jared Loffler and Jack Ellery represented Australian at the world tournament in Russia ( This year, we were the national runners-up. Another of our students, Shaylah Ryan-Sheriff, will be donning national colours in Singapore in July.

Shaylah is presently preparing for the IYPT (International Young Physicists’ Tournament) to be held in Singapore as part of the Australian national team.

We would like to encourage anyone that sees their future as being in Engineering or Physics to have a look at our Physics Extension program and the many possibilities it affords.



Dr Becker guides Shaylah as she measures surface forces for liquids on glass surfaces using equipment such as the AFM (Atomic Force Microscope) and the Contact Angle Goniometer.