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State of Iowa physics competition to take place at UNI

March 28, 2017

Larry Escalada, professor, Department of Physics, 319-273-2431,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Department of Physics will host the 2017 State of Iowa Physics Competition from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 11, at the McLeod Center on the UNI campus.

Participating high school students qualified at the regional competitions and represent the top teams from Area Education Agencies across the state. The competition is a series of five events that promote creativity, ingenuity and an understanding of physics-related ideas, and is intended to stimulate and interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Events will include catapult, mouse trap car, toothpick bridge, soda straw arm and solving a challenge problem.

For more information about the competition, contact Larry Escalada, professor in the Department of Physics, at 319-273-2431 or