Physics Photo Tour Project Description


  1. Produce a book or online album of 25 creative pictures you took that display physics concepts in the world around us. (Also include copies of the original picture for your recreated pictures.)
  2. Submit one of your new idea photos as an entry to the AAPT High School Physics Photo Contest.


  1. You must have your own digital camera to complete this project.
  2. I have cameras you can use for the multi-image photos if yours can't do it.
  3. You will incur the expense of printing at least one photo at an 8x10 size.

Weeks 1 & 2

  1. Browse through the past winners of the AAPT High School Physics Photo Contest.
  2. Find between 15 and 20 that you would like to try reproduce in West Michigan. Upload these photos to your blog on Moodle.
  3. Figure out unique and interesting places to match with the phenomenon or look for the phenomenon. Record your ideas for recreating the pictures in your notebook or blog.
  4. Try to brainstorm 5 to 10 new or modified ideas for photos - you can change your mind later if necessary. (Between the recreated and new pictures you should have a total of at least 25 pictures.)
  5. Come up with the question you want to ask and turn it in to the green folder.  (See Grading Rubric #4 for more information.)
  6. Move on to the week 3 requirements if time allows.

Weeks 3, 4, & 5

  1. Work first on your new ideas. You must pick one to enter in the AAPT photo contest. If we miss the due date for this year, turn in all the required info to Mr. Falk so he can enter you next year. NOTE: The picture you submit must be one of your new ideas, not one of your reproduced pictures.
  2. Work next on reproducing the past winners here in West Michigan.
  3. Make a book or online album (shutterfly is a sweet place to make it and you can send me a link - you don't have to pay to have it printed) that meets the following criteria:
    • Each picture has a meaningful title - kudos if it's creative or "snappy".
    • Your 5 or more new pictures each have a description that explains the physics in the photo.
    • Your recreated pictures are next to a copy of the original. (Let Mr. Falk know if you're working online and need help doing this.)
  4. The book should have the following number of pictures:
    • 15 recreated pictures (along with the originals someone else entered into the AAPT Physics Photo Contest).
    • 5 "new" pictures you came up with on your own.
    • 5 additional pictures from either category. (If they're recreated, follow that criteria. If they're new, make sure you have descriptions of the Physics involved.)