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UNI to host State Physics Competition

April 3, 2012

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

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- UNI's Department of Physics will host the State Physics Competition at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 11, in the McLeod Center on the UNI campus.

More than 100 high school students who qualified in their AEA regional competition will test their skills. These students qualified in teams at regional competitions, and these teams represent the top teams from various AEAs. Student teams will use their understanding of physics to design and construct devices or setups within required specifications to perform specific physical tasks or procedures in a variety of events. Events include the mouse-trap car, self-propelled catapult, bridge building, soda straw arm, a challenge problem and material recovery facility (MRF). The MRF event is sponsored by the Iowa Recycling Association.

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