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UNI to host State Physics Olympics

March 30, 2011

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 Olympics competition at 9 a.m., Wednesday, April 13, 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, student-powered water heater and a challenge problem.

A special challenge event -- material recovery facility (MRF) in a box -- will be introduced and exhibited by the Iowa Recycling Association. In this event, students construct an MRF -- a conveyor system that sorts recyclable materials.

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