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Results of Regional Physics Olympics Competition held at UNI

March 29, 2011

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 Olympics Competition Wednesday, March 23, in the McLeod Center on the UNI campus.

St. Ansgar High School placed first, led by instructor Devin Schwiesow; Jesup High School placed second, led by instructor Ann Rigdon.

Individual event winners were Grinnell High School in the self-propelled catapult, Christopher Molitor instructor; St. Ansgar High School in the mousetrap car and student powered water heater; Denver High School in the optical slalom, Pamela Hartman instructor; and Jesup High School in the challenge problem.

The two teams with the highest total scores qualified for the state competition, which will be held Wednesday, April 13, at UNI. In addition, event winners from non-team-winning schools were invited to the state competition.

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