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Results from Regional Physics Competition held at UNI

April 3, 2012

Larry Escalada, UNI professor of physics, 319-273-2431,
Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Physics hosted the UNI/Area Education Agency 267 Regional Physics Competition Wednesday, March 21, in the McLeod Center on the UNI campus.

St. Ansgar High School placed first, led by instructor Devin Schwiesow; Tripoli High School placed second, led by instructor Paula Carlson.

Individual event winners were St. Ansgar High School in the self-propelled catapult and challenge problem events; Tripoli High School in the mousetrap car; Cedar Falls High School in the bridge building and soda straw arm events, Kenton Swartley instructor; and North Butler High School in the materials recovery facility event, Jonnie Becker instructor.

The two teams with the highest total scores and teams that placed first in the event categories qualified for the state competition, which will be held Wednesday, April 11, in the McLeod Center.

For more information, contact Larry Escalada, UNI professor of physics and science education, at 319-273-2431 or